Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious and chronic illness that can affect men, women and children. It is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. Type 1 Diabetes, also known as Juvenile Diabetes, typically has an onset in childhood although it can be diagnosed in adults as well. While the causes are not well known, this condition has a large genetic component and occurs when the body is not able to produce it’s own insulin.
Type 2 Diabetes is typically diagnosed in adults, although it has recently been diagnosed in children as well. While there is a genetic component to type 2 diabetes, the condition can also be brought on by lifestyle. If a patient is diagnosed as being pre-diabetic this means their body has started to build a tolerance to glucose. They can prevent the occurrence of diabetes by adapting healthy lifestyle habits including a low-sugar diet and exercise.
Learn more about the causes, symptoms and diagnosis of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Read on natural and traditional treatments, information on monitoring glucose levels and taking insulin, and how to parent a child with diabetes. Comment on articles with your questions and share your own experience! We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

How to Create a Diabetes Menu Planner

Using a planner to create a diabetic menu for meals and snacks can be helpful in controlling blood sugar levels, reducing weight and preventing the complications of the disease. Learn the different practical methods of planning a diabetic diet and find out out which one is suitable for you.

Type 2 Diabetes and the Metabolic Diet

Traditional management of diabetes involves diet management which recommends a low fat, high carbohydrate diet in combination with regular exercise. However, recent studies show that a low carb diet has many benefits. Learn more about type 2 diabetes and the metabolic diet – are they compatible?

Diabetes in Teenagers: Challenges and Management

Juvenile diabetes or type 1 diabetes afflicts many children, teenagers and young adults. Parents are often concerned about how teenagers must cope with the challenges of growing up and managing the disease. Learn more about diabetes in teenagers and how to promote self care.

Safe Fasting with Type 2 Diabetes

At the moment, fasting for diabetics is possible depending on the health of the person with type 2 diabetes. When fasting with type 2 diabetes, it is important to monitor blood sugar levels to ensure the blood glucose levels do not rise and drop too quickly.

Methotrexate and High Blood Sugar Readings

Methotrexate is a drug that is used to treat autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. It is a drug with many potential side effects. Those with pre-existing diabetes must track their blood sugar readings carefully, since methotrexate will sometimes affect sugar levels.