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Examining The Facts On Diabetes

It is vital that you understand the facts on diabetes, especially if you are diagnosed with the condition.

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Insulin Resistance

Posted on 07 March 2009

There are certain medical conditions that, if left uncheck, could result to the patient developing type 2 diabetes. Insulin resistance is one of them (although this medical phenomenon could actually continue even if the patient is already diabetic).

Insulin resistance usually occurs when normal amounts of insulin are inadequate in producing a normal insulin response from muscle, fat and liver cells. Insulin resistance in is one of the main factors that reduce the effects of insulin in our body. If left uncheck for extended periods, this may lead to metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes as well as its complications. Insulin resistance causes in quite a number of medical cases remains to be unknown to this day. Some studies, however, have lead medical experts to believe that there is a clear inherited component as some patients with a family diabetes history (specifically type 2) are found to have increased rates of insulin resistance. Most of these patients have already developed type 2 diabetes when the study was conducted. In some other clinical studies, experts have collected some convincing evidence that insulin resistance is related to a high carbohydrate diet.

Those who suffer from this medical condition often feel fatigued. Headache is one of the most common symptoms. The patient may also feel jittery, agitated and moody due to low blood sugar levels (the instant remedy is for patients to eat food). They may even have intestinal bloating as most intestinal gases are produced from carbohydrates in the diet. Sleepiness is another symptom of insulin resistance. Sufferers often feel sleepy almost instantly after consuming a meal composed of 20% to 30 % carbohydrates.

Those who are wondering why they gain weight so fast and have difficulty losing it no matter what type of exercise they do, may actually be suffering from insulin resistance. Some experts believe that the hormonal effects from too much fat deposit (especially around abdominal organs) are a precipitating cause of this medical condition. Increased blood pressure can also be a sign, as quite a high number of individuals with hypertension usually have elevated insulin levels. These individuals could either be diabetic or pre-diabetic. Deranged metabolism due to insulin resistance may also lead to depression among sufferers. Depression, experts believe, is the prevalent psychological symptom of this medical condition.

Exercise as well as weight loss are considered as the primary treatment for insulin resistance. But for some individuals a low-carbohydrate diet would also be beneficial. There are even studies that prove the effectiveness of exercise and diet in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes (the Diabetes Prevention Program have proven that the combination of diet and exercise is almost twice as effective than certain diabetes medications like metformin).

Even if we don’t have family history of certain medical conditions such as diabetes, it doesn’t mean that we will not develop it at a later stage. The truth is all of us are susceptible to illnesses and diseases. And if we don’t change our lifestyle—especially the way we take care of our health—we are likely to suffer in the long run.

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Type 1 Diabetes: Learning More about the Disease

Posted on 24 December 2008

Diabetes mellitus, or simply diabetes, is one of the most rampant health problems in the world. Even the seemingly healthy person can be hit by this disease. And if left uncheck, it could actually be a cause of death. But how does one acquire diabetes?

Actually diabetes is a disordered metabolism syndrome, which is caused by either hereditary or environmental factors (in some cases, it is a combination of both). This would result to an irregularity in blood sugar levels causing hyperglycemia. Normally, our body regulates and controls the sugar level in our blood using a complex interaction of a number of chemicals and hormones in the body, especially the hormone insulin which is produced in the pancreas. The high glucose levels in our blood may be caused by the defects in insulin secretion or insulin action.

Medical studies show that Type 1 diabetes mellitus (also known as ‘juvenile diabetes’ since it represents a big number of diabetes cases among children) occurs as your body loses insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas. Eventually, this loss would lead to a deficiency of insulin inside our body. As of the moment, there are no known cures or preventive measures for type 1 diabetes. But for the early stages, replacement of insulin coupled with careful monitoring of blood sugar levels (with the use of blood testing monitors) serve as principal treatment. Perhaps the best prevention method for type 1 diabetes mellitus is lifestyle adjustments (having proper diet and regular exercise). Once the disease spreads, however, diet and exercise can no longer reverse the disease’s progress. For this reason, a diabetes screening is of utmost importance, especially for people who have several risk factors like obesity, family history of diabetes, and high risk ethnicity.Testing varies depending on your location. It may include blood glucose test, fasting blood glucose test, and the more formal glucose tolerance test. Some medical conditions are said to have been caused, or at least associated, with diabetes. These include high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, polycystic ovary syndrome, chronic pancreatitis, coronary artery disease, cystic fibrosis, among other medical conditions.
The people who are pre-diagnosed with diabetes should undergo regular routine tests for complications. Treatments like insulin intake (which could be from subcutaneous injections to insulin pumps) must be continued indefinitely. Sufficient patient training, awareness, proper diabetes care and discipline are all important. If treatments prove to be burdensome for patients, insulin supplement may be done in a non-physiological manner.

The goal is to bring down the glucose levels as safely as possible closer to the normal levels (which is 80-120mg/dl). Patients with blood glucose levels as high as 600 mg/dl or above should be given immediate medical attention (these levels are still not life-threatening, although they are usually accompanied by discomfort and frequent urination that could lead to dehydration). At a certain point, blood levels may drop to an unhealthy level which could lead to hypoglycemia. Patients experiencing hypoglycemia may experience episodes of unconsciousness or seizures and must be treated right away.

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Diabetes Care: Control and Prevention

Posted on 08 November 2008

Diabetes is a serious medical condition that should be given attention to. And while there are a number of factors that could trigger this disease, one can still prevent the onset of diabetes or at least keep it under control.

In order to do this, you have to have a clear mindset. Diabetes care is a long term and round-the-clock commitment to manage your diabetes so your full and undivided attention is needed. It would be helpful if you make a sort of diabetes management plan (which includes schedules of checkups and physician appointments) so that you will have a guide in your fight against diabetes. The efforts you exert could actually save your life—if you control the disease, the disease will not control you. So start lowering your risk of getting serious and life-threatening complications.

Your weight plays an important role in your overall well-being. Add to that the fact that obesity are strongly linked to diabetes. If you must, try to lose some weight. Studies have proven that a mere 10 percent reduction in your body weight could actually lower your fasting blood sugar level on an average of 50 percent. You can lose some pounds by having a healthy diet and regular exercise. Skipping meals is not a good idea—the key here is to nourish your body with adequate levels of nutrients. Exercise is of equal importance. We all know that regular physical activity helps us in maintaining a healthy weight or even losing some extra pounds. What some of us don’t realize is that exercise can also improve insulin sensitivity thereby controlling our blood glucose level. Checking physical manifestations would also be helpful. Regularly check your feet for cuts, blisters, sores, redness, or swelling. High amount of sugar in the blood could destroy essential nerves in our feet. This could reduce the blood flow in our lower extremities (especially the feet), which could eventually lead to serious infections (or worse, amputation). To prevent such foot problems, wash your feet with lukewarm water daily. After washing, be sure to dry your feet gently, especially between the toes.

Another essential task in diabetes care is controlling your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. If these two elements team up with high sugar levels in your blood, then you are sure to feel their devastating power. These can damage your blood vessels leading to heart attack or stroke. To keep blood pressure and cholesterol levels under control, again we go back to the food we eat (proper diet) and the physical activities that we do (regular exercise).

As we have mentioned earlier, you have to be committed in taking control of your diabetes. Stress factors could easily discourage you from continuing. But if you stop halfway, all the progress that you have made will go down to waste. You will be in a far worse condition than you were before. If you have queries, do not hesitate to ask your physician or nutritionist. Learning more about the disease will make you find a way to gain control over it.

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What Is A Gestational Diabetes Diet?

Posted on 17 June 2008

One of the highlight in a woman’s life is the time when she is given the chance to have a life within her body. However, during this moment when every woman should enjoy their womanhood, some are faced with tough health problem known as gestational diabetes which is a temporary state that occurs only during pregnancy. Studies show that at least two to four percent of pregnant women possess great risk of accumulating the problem which may not only endanger the life of the mother but including the innocent child within her womb.

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Examining Juvenile Onset Diabetes

Posted on 17 June 2008

Diabetes is the condition wherein the ability of the body to create and make use of insulin is affected. Sufferers of this health condition have a high risk in developing heart disease, blindness, neurological disease, kidney failure, and various complications which are taking its toil to about 16 million of Americans. The most severe kind of diabetes is known as the Type 1 or juvenile onset diabetes.

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