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!
Diabetes has been found to be the most common cause of liver disease. Poor control of blood sugar levels in conjunction with high cholesterol levels and obesity can increase a patient’s risk of developing liver problems.
Lap-Band surgery has grown in popularity since it was introduced, but anyone with type 1 diabetes might wonder if the surgery could help them. As long as the appropriate safety measures are in place, Lap-Band surgery can benefit type 1 diabetes patients.
Anterior optic neuropathy results in loss of vision due to damage to the optic nerve. The damage to the nerve is caused by impaired blood supply to the nerve. One eye is affected first, followed by loss of vision in the other eye. In most cases, only part of the visual field is affected.
Type 1 diabetes endothelial dysfunction sometimes leads to other complications in diabetes patients. Learn more about this dysfunction and how it can cause diabetic retinopathy and other serious consequences.
Why does blood sugar spike after exercising? Blood sugar fuels activity, so it would only make sense that when you increase the demand, the body will respond accordingly. Part of the reason lies in the body’s response to stress.
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.
Learn how to plan a menu for a 1800 calorie diet using exchanges and carbohydrate counting methods. This diet plan is designed for reducing weight, decreasing the risk for diabetes type 2 and lowering blood sugar levels.
Your adrenal system helps keep your body on an even keel. When the thyroid is slow, this changes your energy levels and your weight and can make diabetes management harder. Hypothyroidism and diabetes symptoms can also mimic each other.
A serious complication of diabetes, are wound ulcers that are common on the feet and legs. These ulcers can result in amputation of the limbs and reduced quality of life for a diabetic. New research in the use of stems cells for diabetic foot care will be discussed in detail.
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?
Many drugs that are prescribed to improve a patient’s moods, behavior and emotions may produce weight gain, increased blood sugar levels and insulin resistance. Learn more about psychotropic drugs related to diabetes and high blood sugar and what can be done to manage these unwanted effects.
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.
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.
There are quite a number of Medicare covered diabetes testing supplies such as lancets, glucose monitors and testing strips. Anyone under a Medicare plan will have to review their plan to what exactly is covered.
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.
Can you cure diabetes using natural or conventional treatment methods? This question troubles the minds of individuals suffering from diabetes, because it is a pernicious disease. Let us find out the answer to this question.
Can diabetics eat snacks and dessert without losing blood sugar control? Of course! By adapting diabetic recipes, reading labels and making the right choices people can enjoy tasty treats with low sugar for diabetics.
There are a number of studies with conflicting results about the effects of caffeine in the metabolism of glucose, on insulin resistance and other possible side effects. Find out if diabetes and caffeine are compatible and if there are risks involved.
Are you choosing test strips for diabetes? Different meters and strips offer no coding, alternate site testing, different sample sizes, and different ways of placing the blood onto the test strip. Choose the diabetes test strip that works for you.