Diabetes

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

Three Common Misconceptions about the Two Kinds of Diabetes

Diabetes is the most common chronic, serious ailment in the US. It's the leading cause of both blindness and kidney failure. It can cause nerve damage that requires amputations. And diabetes greatly raises the risk for heart disease and stroke. Despite the wide swath diabetes cuts through our society, many people harbour misconceptions about the disease... Misconception #1: Diabetes is a...

Hypoglycemia

In most cases, hypoglycemia literally, low blood sugar-can he treated easily without professional intervention when the symptoms are, recognized early enough. Although the condition most often occurs in people with diabetes, non-diabetics can, in rare cases, also experience hypoglycemia attacks. Whether you are diabetic or not, if these episodes become frequent, you need to consult a professional...

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetes can produce two types of changes that are among the leading causes of blindness-non-proliferative and proliferative retinopathy. These changes can occur in diabetics who take insulin and those who don't. Diabetes affects the retina because high blood sugar (glucose) levels make the walls of small blood vessels thicker but weaker and therefore more prone to deformity and leakage. The...

Diabetes - General Information

Diabetes Diabetes is a condition which results when a person's body doesn't make any insulin, enough insulin, or doesn't use insulin the right way. Insulin is a hormone made in the pancreas gland that helps your cells use blood sugar for energy. When insulin is in short supply, the glucose (sugar) in the blood can become dangerously high. Someone who is diabetic may have to take insulin by injection, or...

Lifestyle Really Does Matter!

Lifestyle Really Does Matter! Many people know that the leading causes of death in the United States are heart disease, cancer, and stroke.When it comes to prevention, however, it is more important to know why people suffer from these conditions. In other words, what are the actual causes of disease or reasons people die? A landmark study titled "Actual causes of death in the United States," published in 2004, shed a lot of...

Protein That Regulates Aging May Provide Key To New Diabetes Therapies

Opening the possibility of new therapies for type 2 diabetes, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that a protein called Sirtl enhances the secretion of insulin in mice and allows them to better control blood glucose levels. Their study will appear in the August 17 issue of Cell Metabolism. According to senior author Shin-ichiro Imai, M.D., the finding...

Diabetes in Pregnancy

What is it ? Diabetes is present in about 1 in 50 (2%) of pregnancies. Some women, like you, have diabetes before they become pregnant. Pregnancy can also cause some women to develop diabetes. This is called gestational diabetes. Diabetes can affect both you and your baby. Pregnancy will raise your sugar level. This happens because of all the hormone changes. It will mean a change of treatment:...

Management of Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the world, accounting for nearly 1 million of deaths each year in the United States. It is also the second commonest killer in Singapore accounting for nearly 25 per cent of annual mortality. The disease is a result of progressive deposit of cholesterol and fatty deposits within the coronary arteries with resultant...

Diabetes in Pregnant Women

A hundred years ago many children died of illness before reaching adulthood. Better treatment is allowing most of them to survive now, and among them are less robust young women, many of whom have children. These women cause special problems for the obstetrician and make up a great deal of his antenatal work. By careful control of the pregnancy most of these women carry throgh normally and bear...

Measuring Sugar Release

The rate at which foods release sugar into the bloodstream is quantified using a measure called the glycaemic index. Foods that are digested rapidly have a moderate or high glycaemic index (more than Sb), while foods that are digested more slowly have a low glycaemic index (less than 50). Sugary and some starchy foods tend to have a high glycaemic index, whereas proteins and vegetables have a low...

Get Intense! Managing Diabetes Well Takes Many Helpers

When it comes to controlling diabetes, it really does take a village. That's the conclusion of Danish researchers who assigned 80 people with type 2 diabetes to intensive treatment (IT), and 80 others with type 2 to conventional treatment (CT). During the eight-year study, those receiving 1T had almost half the number of major cardiovascular events, such as heart attack or stroke, and were about...

What's New in The Management of Diabetes

1. GP Dilemmas over Hypertension Targets for Diabetes Patients The British Hypertension Society's updated guideline for the management of patients with hypertension pays specific attention to diabetes in a number of regards. Patients with diabetes with BP>140mmHg systolic or 90mmHg diastolic should be offered treatment with a target BP of 130/80 or less. The guidance encourages the use of...

House Calls - Diabetes

Q. I've read that, because I have type 2 diabetes, I should take a statin even though my cholesterol levels are normal. Is this true? A. 'Perhaps. Type 2 diabetes is considered a risk factor for heart disease and addressing this risk is a primary goal in treatment. Recent research has shown that people with type 2 diabetes but no known history of coronary heart disease (CHD) have a heart attack...

Diabetes De-Mystified: Straight Facts On A Serious Disease

Diabetes De-Mystified: Straight Facts On A Serious Disease Diabetes is a chronic disease that begins when your body either doesn't make enough insulin or doesn't use insulin effectively. Insulin, a hormone produced by your pancreas, helps your body make energy from food. Without insulin, your blood sugar can rise to dangerously high levels, because the glucose (sugar) in your blood isn't being used by your cells to make energy. Glucose remains in your...

The Sugar Season

The holiday season that is now upon us is a time for festivity, and usually of overeating. But the rampant consumption of sugar that marks this time of year is nothing to celebrate. In fact, this seasonal upsurge in sugar consumption is just part of a huge transition in world health that is now underway. Many countries, especially developing countries, are facing the consequences of huge changes...