For diabetics seeking to take charge of their personal health, the Internet can be a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because the Internet, naturally, has a wealth of information that can be easily accessed.
But researching diabetes care online can also be frustrating. For starters, it’s hard to know what information to trust. And perhaps more importantly, sites that describe treatment for diabetes may not be applicable to all diabetics. After all, each patient is different.
Fortunately, doctors and software engineers are working to fill this void. One smart phone app called MedSimple, for example, takes a customized approach towards helping users. It allows users to compare medication costs across local pharmacies so they can find the best deal. It also enables users to enter their current medication regimen and provides reminders so they take their medication on time or refill it.
These developments, of course, are just the beginning. The next few years will see a welcomed revolution in how diabetics manage their disease with the help of technology.
As the practice of yoga enters more mainstream workout clubs the acceptance and understanding of its health benefits are becoming greatly understood. And it is really good news!
Yoga is not just about becoming more flexible; this century old practice has been proven to help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and anxieties. For those who suffer from Type 2 diabetes it has also been shown to help take off weight. Those who have Type 2 diabetes should, with the approval of their physician, be involved in an exercise program to help combat their weight problem.
As an effective tool in a person’s diabetes care, yoga helps to increase an individual’s range of motion and strength, which means they are less likely to become injured while doing other more strenuous forms of exercise. Yoga also helps to fight depression, aids in pain management, and can reduce insomnia.
Exercise, including yoga, along with eating healthy is the best defense against obesity and diabetes. Anyone who adds yoga to a workout program is going to feel better mentally. This added level of mental health seems to make people want to work out more and eat healthier foods. Yoga helps to promote a cycle of health in their life. As an individual feels better and sees positive results, they have much higher tendency to stay the course. This can lead to greatly reduced dependence on standard treatment.
The last twenty years have seen radical advances in the treatment of diabetes, meaning the disease no longer acts a precursor to painful and life threatening complications such as blindness, amputation and kidney failure. Aided by modern science people with diabetes can now expect to lead long, rewarding lives, and these advances continue to accelerate as the disease becomes more widespread.
Much emphasis and research continues to surround the role of insulin in Type 2 diabetes, the most frequently occurring form of the condition. In particular, scientists are studying the relationship between energy created at a muscular level and its response to insulin generation in relation to impaired phosphate movement, as an early stage symptom of diabetes. This research is helping us to understand the problems of weight management among many insulin-resistant sufferers, who appear to have a lower calorific requirement than the rest of the population.
Insulin delivery is also the subject of much research and new implantable insulin delivery capsules are at an advanced stage. When commercially available these tiny pumps will be capable of measuring blood sugar levels and releasing exact quantities of insulin, mimicking natural delivery methods. Early progress in using the body’s own nutrients, to create insulin, means their life spans could be indefinite once biocompatibility issues can be overcome and the body prevented from attacking such devices.
The development of insulin inhalers is currently being fast tracked in clinical trials and could be used to deliver amounts of the compound through the mouth. While they may not completely eradicate the necessity for daily injections they will deliver a rapid amount of insulin to the bloodstream
With so much research underway including vaccines, cell transplants and gene therapy the lives of the 20 million Americans living with diabetes are set to be vastly improved over the next decade.
Discovering your child is diabetic can be a traumatic period for any family, especially if you do not have the condition yourself. You need to equip yourself promptly for the challenges and experiences of bringing up your child and, as always, knowledge is the key.
Diabetes will change family life, not just placing an extra financial burden on your household but complicating any social or psychological worries you may already have. With complete control never attainable as the disease develops, worsens and improves throughout their life the stress of bringing up your child, coupled with the every day management of your home can be a daunting task.
Never be afraid to speak openly about your concerns. Whether with health care professionals, friends or school authorities the care and health of your child is paramount. You will face any number of problems as the years pass and building up a strong and educated support network is crucial.
It is perfectly normal for you and any other children you have who are not diabetic to feel a range of emotions including sadness, guilt, anger, frustration and embarrassment, and these feelings will continue throughout your child’s development into adulthood. Nowhere are these feelings as important as in school life, when your child is away from you, often with a group of other infants with no understanding of diabetes.
Make sure your teachers and staff are fully aware of your child’s condition, it will make you much happier knowing he or she can rely on the support of other adults when they are not with you. You don’t want your child to be treated any differently from classmates, so contact the school before classes commence and communicate your wishes.
Most states have School Health Plans, designed specifically for children with existing medical conditions. Make sure your child’s school has one and go through it with a senior member of staff. School life is vital for the healthy development of any child and yours should be no different.