Diabetes

Diabetes Information to increase knowledge and understanding about diabetes among patients and the general public including medications, insulin, blood sugar management, nutrition requirements...

Hypogycemia: A Deadly Life Partner of Diabetes

We already know very well that diabetes has many complications. Some take long time to develop, some are instantaneous. I am going to talk about one of those complications that actually do not give us time to think. A diabetic may need immediate hospitalization with these and there may be no other option. I think every diabetic person and their family members, even office colleagues should know...

Classification of Diabetes Mellitus

Classification of Diabetes Mellitus Diabetes, the Greek word for siphon, in early days, referred to the disease that caused siphoning of the structural components of body into urine. The term "Diabetes Mellitus" (Greek for honey) has been given as urine of a diabetic patient is sweet. Clinically, diabetes mellitus is a heterogeneous primary disorder of carbohydrate metabolism with various etiologic factors, generally involving...

Heart Attack!

Heart Attack! It's 3 am. You just woke up. There's a heavy feeling in the center of your chest. You're sweating a bit, and you feel as though there's not enough air in the room. You sit up and open the window to let in some more air, and that helps you feel a little better. You feel a bit nauseous, so you think, "indigestion," and you take some Tums. That should help within a few minutes if it's indigestion....

Occupational Therapy for Diabetic Patient

Medication is not enough to make a diabetic patient feel good and live a full life. Exercise has the potential to control the diabetes by non-medical means, reduce the severity of the disease, and significantly reduce the risk of long-term complications. Diabetes is a condition where the body has trouble taking glucose from the blood and delivering it to the rest of the body so that it can be...

Information about Avandia (Rosiglitaaone Maleate)

Information about Avandia (Rosiglitaaone Maleate) What is Avandia? Avandia is one product in a class of prescription drugs called thiazolidinediones (thigh-a-zol-a-deen-die-owns) or TZDs. It is used to treat Type 2 diabetes by helping the body use the insulin that it is already making. Avandia, comes as pills that can be taken either once a day or twice a day to help improve blood sugar levels. How does Avandia Treat Type 2 Diabetes? If you have...

Hypoglycaemia

Normally, the body maintains the level of blood sugar within a rather narrow range (about 70 to 110 milligrams per deciliter of blood). In diabetes, the blood sugar levels become too high; in hypoglycaemia, the blood sugar levels become too low. Low blood sugar causes many organ systems in the body to malfunction. The brain is particularly sensitive to low blood sugar levels, because glucose is...

Exercise: Staying With the Program is the Challenge

Exercise: Staying With the Program You've heard it a thousand times: "exercise to lose weight, live longer and feel your best." But how do you find a program you can stick with? The good news is that just 15 to 30 minutes of moderate to brisk exercise even walking at least three times a week can make a difference in your life. Many medical studies show that exercise lowers your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity,...

Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus, the most common disorder of the endocrine system, affects between 10 million and 20 million people in the United States alone. The disease is brought on by disorders in blood levels of insulin, a pancreatic hormone that helps your system convert blood glucose, or blood sugar, into energy. Type 1 diabetes-sometimes called insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) or juvenile or...

Diabetic Diet

What is it ? Diabetes is a disorder where the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood is raised above normal. There are two types of diabetes. In type 1 (insulin dependent diabetes) insulin injections are essential. Type 2 (non-insulin dependent diabetes can be controlled either by diet alone or with additional tablets, although some patients require insulin. Diet is of utmost importance for both...

Know When You Need Insulin

No one likes injections. So if you have type 2 diabetes, the prospect of giving yourself regular insulin injections may seem scary. But recent research shows that if you're having trouble keeping your blood glucose at healthy levels A1c levels less than 7 per cent starting insulin treatment sooner rather than later is the best way to avoid compli-cations from diabetes down the road. Why Some Type...

Diabetes Drugs

What are the types ? nsulins may be short-acting (soluble), or modified to lengthen their action. There are 40 or more types available. Because insulin cannot be absorbed by the bowel, it must be given by injection. Much insulin is now made by genetic engineering methods; some is still extracted directly from pork or beef pancreas. There are several types of tablets. The sulphonylureas are...

What Are the Symptoms of Diabetes?

The symptoms of type 1 diabetes often occur suddenly and can be severe. They include: Increased thirst Increased hunger (especially after eating) Dry mouth Frequent urination Unexplained weight loss (even though you are eating and feel hungry) Fatigue (weak, tired feeling) Blurred vision Labored, heavy breathing (Kussmaul respirations) Loss of consciousness (rare) The symptoms of type 2...

Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes Mellitus What is Diabetes? Diabetes is a condition caused by the lack of the hormone insulin produced by the pancreas, or when the hormone is ineffective. It is a common chronic disease - one of the top ten-killer diseases in Singapore. What Does Insulin Do? Insulin is required to move glucose from the bloodstream into the body cells for usage or storage. When this fails, diabetes develops. The high...

Easing Insulin Injection

Insulin injection is quick and relatively pain free. After just a few injections, most people become comfortable with the process. Using a small needle and syringe-the operative word here is small-you draw the dose of insulin out of the insulin bottle and into the syringe. The best place to inject the insulin is the abdomen because the hormone goes to work faster from that site, but you can also...

Hormone Replacement Therapy (Hrt) Does Not Reduce Stroke Risk

The Heart Estrogen-progestin Replacement Study (HERS) conducted by Dr. Joel A. Simon and colleagues at the VA Medical Centre in San Francisco found that HRT does not reduce the risk of stroke among postmenopausal women with coronary artery disease. According to Dr. Simon this is the first large randomised clinical trial to examine the effect of HRT on risk of strokes in women already compromised...

Oral Insulin Could Replace Injections

Scientists believe that they have found a way to make insulin for diabetics available in pills instead of daily shots. This breakthrough could prove to be a boon for diabetics as these pills could eliminate the daily injections of insulin. Injections under the skin allow insulin to be absorbed slowly enough to control blood sugar levels. Previously efforts to control diabetes with insulin pills...

It's Not Too Late to Prevent Diabetes (Tips for People at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes)

It's Not Too Late to Prevent Diabetes (Tips for People at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes) As you get older, your risk for type 2 diabetes increases. If you are age 60 or more and over-weight, you are at risk for type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes. A family history of type 2 diabetes increases your risk of the disease. Take these small steps to prevent or delay the onset of the disease. Lose a modest amount of weight (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person) by moving more and making...

Diabetes Related Q & A

1. I have same of the Symptom of diabetes such as thirsty frequent urination feeling hungry relating of the skin, but my fasting blood sugar is 5.5 and after breakfast is 6.6. What May Be The Reason for These Symptoms? A. These symptoms can have other causes besides Diabetes. Your blood tests show that it is not likely that Diabetes is the cause for your symptoms. You should consult a Doctor who...

Diabetic Retinopathy - The Silent Killer of Eye Sight of a Diabetic Patient

What is retina? The retina is the light-sensitive structure at the back of the eye just like a film in a camera. It captures and processes visual information before sending it via the optic nerve to the brain to form visual images. The center of the retina is known as macula. What is Diabetes? Diabetes Mellitus is a condition which impairs the body's ability to use and store sugar. It may be...

About Diabetes Mellitus

About Diabetes Mellitus Diabetes mellitus is a disease in which starch foods and sugar cannot be used normally in the body, so that sugar is passed in the urine; the disorder is due to lack of insulin which is produced by the pancreas, but the cause of this deficiency is not known. Much of the energy of the body is produced from sugar, but this can only be burned up when there is sufficient insulin. When this is...