Foot Care and Diabetes

September 23, 2012 by  
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One of the symptoms for diabetes is when you start getting sores on your feet. To avoid amputations and infections, you would need to take precautionary measures. Amputations usually happen when you start losing feeling under your feet. Because you don’t feel anything, it is quite easy for you to get cuts and sores without even knowing that it has occurred. That is why it is imperative to take a look under your feet on a daily basis to ensure that under your feet is void of cuts, sores or even a scratch. The best way you can go about managing diabetes conditions such as this is by protecting your feet every day by wearing socks or shoes.

When taking a shower, turn the dial to warm water so that your feet can get a tempered bath. Never soak your feet; your skin can immediately become broken from the dryness. This can lead to cracks and ultimately sores.

To avoid this, dry your feet thoroughly after getting out of the shower making sure you pay particular attention to drying the areas between your toes. Feet should be kept moisten all the time.

Massaging your legs will help with blood circulation; you can also do feet and leg exercises as well to get your blood flowing. Of course, the above-mentioned precautions should be coupled with regular visits to your podiatrist.

 

Gastric Bypass Surgery to Cure Diabetes May Soon Be Available for Non-Obese Diabetics

September 4, 2012 by  
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Gastric bypass surgery is a relatively new and encouraging option to help treat – if not outright cure – Type 2 diabetes. The surgery reroutes the patient’s digestive system and can result in continued weight loss, normal blood pressure, and the elimination of diabetes, which after all, can be brought on by obesity.

Up until recently, the procedure was only permitted on morbidly obese individuals with body-mass indices (BMI) over 35, which is the level established by the American Diabetes Association for which the surgery “may be considered.” In addition, Medicare and many private insurance providers cover the surgery above that BMI threshold.

Naturally, this threshold left many diabetics with a BMI of less than 35 without the gastric bypass option for managing diabetes – until now. In certain instances, doctors have been given permission to perform the surgery on individuals with a BMI lower than 35 – and the results are equally promising.

 

What Does Holistic Diabetes Prevention Look Like?

August 31, 2012 by  
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently banned extra large sugary sodas from restaurants and convenience stores in the city. Regardless of your opinion of this measure – most New York City residents narrowly approve it – it has helped trigger a national discussion on how to prevent and manage obesity and childhood diabetes.

Throughout this debate, many health advocates call for a “holistic” approach. After all, if New York City residents really want soda, they’ll just buy it on their own time. But what does a “holistic” approach constitute?

For an answer, we suggest this illuminating column. It argues that education is the key, and proper preventative care should start at a young age. For example, politicians and administrators must ensure that every school provides healthy nutritional options and physical education classes. Fast food, junk food, and sodas should be stricken from the menu. It also suggests that food and soda manufacturers stop advertising to children.

This approach is sure to be controversial. But with childhood diabetes reaching epidemic proportions, we as a society have little choice.

 

Disney’s Big Move that Has Anti-Diabetes Advocates Cautiously Optimistic

August 28, 2012 by  
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If you talk to health-conscious parents, they’ll tell you that keeping their children away from sugary drinks sometimes seems like an unwinnable battle.

Sure, they can control what their children drink in their home, but beyond that, they’re basically powerless. Some schools are slowly phasing out high-sugar sodas and juices from their vending machines and cafeterias, but not quickly enough.

Perhaps the greatest obstacle facing parents is the constant advertising barrage courtesy of large food and drink manufacturers.

It’s no secret that Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and other sugary drink-makers and fast food manufacturers want to lure kids in at a young age. They want lifetime consumers. Hence the cartoon mascots, Happy Meals, and catchy jingles. When faced with this marketing machine, parents may feel overwhelmed.

But there is good news on the horizon: Disney recently announced it would stop advertising junk food on its children programs.

For some, it’s just a publicity stunt, as sugary drinks aren’t part of the ban. For others, like First Lady Michelle Obama, it’s a critical first step to reducing childhood obesity and childhood diabetes.

Time will tell if other corporations make similar moves to voluntarily ban such commercials.

 

Top Symptoms for Diabetes

August 26, 2012 by  
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Your doctor can order a blood glucose test to see whether you have diabetes. Diabetes is a serious medical condition in which the body has difficulty processing or breaking down sugar. Poorly managed diabetes increases your risk of blindness, stroke and coma, but the sooner you’re diagnosed with diabetes, the sooner you can start managing your disease.

If you have a family history of diabetes, it is important that you keep an eye out for symptoms for diabetes. You can develop diabetes as a child or an adult. If you recognize the early signs, you can bring these symptoms to your doctor s attention and receive the necessary medical treatment.

Here are three classic symptoms for diabetes:

1. Frequent urination is common when there is too much glucose present in your body. If you have not increased your consumption of liquids, yet you have frequent urges to urinate, speak with your doctor. This can be an early sign of diabetes.

2. Frequent thirst is one of many symptoms for diabetes. This is usually described as the inability to quench your thirst. This symptom is triggered by frequent urination.

3. Constant and unusual weakness or fatigue is another sign of diabetes. If you go to bed tired and wake up tired, consult a doctor and ask him to check your blood glucose level.

 

New York City Gets Serious About Childhood Obesity and Diabetes, Bans Large Sugar Drinks

August 26, 2012 by  
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The last few weeks have seen some high-profile efforts across the country to curb childhood obesity and childhood diabetes

The most controversial was New York City’s ban on large single-serving soda drinks. Mayor Michael Bloomberg took a lot of heat for it, but held his ground, arguing that the public health costs far outweigh any intrusion into the private lives of its citizens. This ban comes on the heels of New York City’s recent ban on trans fats.

The city has some of the highest rates of childhood obesity in the nation, and the soda ban was a response to what is viewed as an ever-growing health epidemic.

Skeptics noted that people could simply order two sodas instead of one, and that certain aspects of an individual’s life should be free from government interference. Nonetheless, the ban shows how come cities are taking drastic actions to protect the public from themselves.

Of course, the ban can only do so much; responsibility ultimately rests with parents for regulating the amount of soda their children ingest, ensuring they have a high fruit-and-vegetable diet, and making sure they exercise regularly.

 

Public Health Advocates Look to Anti-Tobacco Movement as the Model for a More Rigorous Anti- Childhood Obesity and Diabetes Campaign

August 21, 2012 by  
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In 2010, Michelle Obama launched a high-profile anti-child obesity campaign.  Two years in, most health experts agree that the effort created much-needed visibility around the issue.  Yet childhood diabetes and obesity rates remain frustratingly high, and experts now argue that something more drastic needs to be done.

Public health advocates point to the anti-tobacco movement as an optimal model moving forward.  That movement relied heavily on advertisement campaigns – just like the First Lady – but went much further.  It penalized the tobacco companies themselves for knowingly marketing damaging products to children; it instituted strict health warnings on packaging; it sued the companies, and it lobbied for higher tobacco taxes to decrease consumption.

Needless to say, these proposals are fraught with political implications.  One can imagine the outcry if a State Attorney General takes Burger King to court.  Yet that's precisely what occured during the anti-tobacco movement.  And with obesity-related deaths – including heart disease and diabetes – topping 200,000 last year alone, advocates suggest it will be worth the effort.

 

Recognizing the Symptoms for Diabetes

August 19, 2012 by  
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The challenges of detecting the symptoms for diabetes can be many but understanding the disease, and its symptoms can help those who are afflicted live normal lives. It all starts with glucose and the fact that there is not enough in the body’s cells. Instead, there is an overload of glucose in the blood.

There are two types of diabetes. For Type 1, the challenge is that the abundance of glucose in the blood is due to the fact that insulin produced by the cells have broken down and been decimated. For Type 2, the cells have, somehow, become resistant to the insulin that gets produced.

Recognizing the symptoms for diabetes can be challenging if one is not alert to one’s own body reactions.

The major symptoms include:
- Too much urination due to an increase in the glucose. The kidneys are constantly filling up due to no insulin and too much glucose. The kidneys are unable to effectively filter the glucose back into the blood.
- A loss of weight without dieting or exercising and weakness are definite symptoms for diabetes. The pancreas begins to break down in its ability to produce insulin. The body’s cells are not getting their energy from glucose so the cells begin to feed on fat and muscle.
- Constantly being thirsty. The kidneys are pulling out as much water as they can, and many trips to the bathroom eventually cause a continuous dehydration.
 

Other symptoms for diabetes include:
- tingling in the extremities
- dry and itchy skin
-blurry vision
- constant and prevailing fatigue

 

 

Blood Tests Can Identify Onset of Type 1 Diabetes as Much as a Decade Before Symptoms Appear

August 18, 2012 by  
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As America grapples with an ever-growing diabetes epidemic, more researchers are looking at the “other” diabetes — Type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes affects close to three million Americans, and is far more difficult to manage than Type 2 Diabetes. Type 1 diabetes has been growing at an annual rate of three percent, and experts are not sure why, although the typical theories abound: lack of exercise, poor diet, and other lifestyle choices.

However, the greatest factor in determining if an individual gets Type 1 diabetes is their family history: people who have a family member with Type 1 diabetes have a 15-times greater risk of developing it compared to the general public.

Fortunately, a simple blood test can identify the onset of Type 1 diabetes — sometimes as much as ten years before symptoms appear — which is far more preferable than finding out you’re diabetic after slipping into a “critical insulin deficiency” (e.g. a “diabetic coma.”)

While typical symptoms for diabetes include increased thirst and frequent urination, individuals — especially those with family members with Type 1 diabetes — shouldn’t take any chances. Get tested today.

 

Research Shows the Benefits of Going Organic for Diabetics

July 21, 2012 by  
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It’s common knowledge that a proper diet and exercise can help in both preventing and managing diabetes. Yet more and more research is suggesting that it’s a bit more complicated than that.

Take the idea of a healthy diet, for example. It is hard to argue with the importance of a diet based on fresh fruits, vegetables, fiber, and whole grains. But the quality of these foods is also of critical importance. As a result, many diabetics are considering going organic.

Research shows that eating foods exposed to Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) may contribute to a host of health issues, including diabetes, obesity, low in high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and more. In fact, close to 100 studies show a link between POPs and diabetes.

POPs are harmful because they are stored in abdominal fat and as a result, over time, causes low-grade inflammation that erodes cell strength. Obese individuals with high POP levels had the highest rate of Type 2 diabetes, while obese individuals with low POPs showed no sign of diabetes.

It’s worth noting there isn’t a definitive link, as one’s diet is incredibly complex; that said, these recent studies are raising red flags within the diabetes community.

 

Alarming New Study Uncovers Links Between Maternal Obesity and Childhood Diabetes and Autism

July 16, 2012 by  
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A new study from the University of California – Davis seems to have further strengthened the link between obesity and diabetes – but from a different angle.

Researchers found that there exists a strong link between maternal obesity and diabetes (along with autism and other related disabilities.) This is because poorly-managed glucose can expose the fetus to the mother’s abnormally high glucose levels. The fetus, in turn, creates high insulin levels in response, which is then carried over once the mother gives birth.

Furthermore, findings suggest that mothers with diabetes have a 2 1/3 greater chance of giving birth to a child with developmental problems.

The takeaways from these findings are two-fold. One, obese mothers must make every effort possible to lose weight, lest they give birth to a diabetic or autistic child. And two, pregnant women living with diabetes must do everything within their power to keep their blood sugars under control to minimize the risk of giving birth to a diabetic or autistic child.

 

Childhood Diabetes Signs

For many adults, the onset of diabetes is accompanied by feelings of lethargy, frequent urination, and weight loss while also experiencing insatiable thirst. But diabetes could be confusing to many parents whose children present with symptoms for diabetes that could be mistaken for a minor illness.

Children typically have symptoms such as stomach pains and headaches. Many parents feel that their child is fighting the flu or suffering from allergies. Some children develop behavior problems, and this sends parents down the wrong path in their efforts to help their child. It is important to rule out any autoimmune disease first. An autoimmune disease is such that the body’s own immune system attacks the body’s own tissues or organs.

Many children who develop Type 1 Diabetes do not have a family history of diabetes so this also throws off a parent. Keeping this all in mind, if your child does develop any of these symptoms for diabetes a visit to a physician who specializes in childhood diabetes may be in order.

 

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