August 12, 2010

Common Misconceptions of Diabetes Debunked

diabetes symptoms, diabetes test strips, diabetes treatmentMore than three million people living in Canada have some form of diabetes, a condition that results from blood sugar problems. There are two variations of diabetes; Type 1 Diabetes, which occurs mainly in adolescents and children when the pancreas is unable to produce insulin, and Type 2 Diabetes, which occurs when the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin, or if the body is unable to properly use the insulin produced. Insulin is the hormone that is responsible for controlling the blood sugar levels in the body. Type 2 diabetes is the more common form of diabetes; ninety percent of all diabetes patients have type two diabetes.

Although diabetes has become a more common condition within the Canadian community, there are many misconceptions that are frequently associated with the cause, lifestyle and treatment of diabetes.

The Cause: There are many myths surrounding the cause of diabetes, which detail that diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar, or by being overweight, or even by being exposed to another person with diabetes. The truth of the matter is that diabetes develops as a result of the body’s inability to produce or use insulin properly, causing blood sugar levels to drop or rise to unhealthy levels. There are many risk factors that contribute to diabetes. Although eating too much sugar isn’t necessarily healthy, the sugar that you eat doesn’t have a direct impact on your blood sugar. Being overweight has a definite impact on your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, however there are other risk factors as well, including family history, hypertension and high cholesterol. Diabetes is not contagious, and cannot be passed from one person to another.

The Lifestyle: Most people believe that diabetics have special diets and must refrain from eating certain foods, especially sugary foods. It’s true that diabetes patients are required to eat a healthy diet, however that same healthy diet is recommended for everyone. Most diabetic meal plans are low in fat, moderate in salt and sugar, with plenty of whole grain foods as well as fruit and vegetables. Many diabetic meal plans will also allow for desserts and sugary treats. There’s nothing that a person with diabetes cannot eat, the only difference is that diabetic patients should generally regulate the foods that they eat with exercise or healthy eating in order to stay on top of their condition.

The Treatment: The most common misconceptions about diabetes are concerning treatment methods; those who have diabetes are doomed because diabetes is untreatable. This myth is far from the truth, because although there is no cure for diabetes, there are many different treatment options, all of which allow for one to lead an easy and normal life. Doctors recommend a variety of treatment options for diabetic patients, ranging from exercise to nutrition to weight management to diabetes medication to the treatment of high blood pressure.

March 26, 2010

5 Ways to Help You and Your Family Stay Diabetes-Free

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As rates of diabetes continue to rise, increasingly in both adults and children, it’s becoming more and more obvious that we need to make important lifestyle changes in order to prevent diabetes from affecting ourselves, as well as the ones we love. In a family setting, making lifestyle changes can often be difficult, if not pocket-pinching. However, in the interest of your family’s health, it’s important to put everything in perspective, because while making changes to your lifestyle may seem daunting, so is the prospect of having to regulate your blood sugar or to help your children to regulate their blood sugar to combat diabetes for the remainder of your life.

5 Ways to Help You and Your Family Stay Diabetes-Free:

  • Eat Healthy – Take a look at the meals you eat on a regular basis. By making sure that you’ve incorporated a healthy balance of carbohydrates, proteins, fruits and vegetables, you can avoid high blood glucose levels, which may lead to the development of diabetes.
  • Incorporate Exercise Into Your Daily Routine – About ninety percent of all type two diabetes patients were overweight when they developed diabetes. Exercise is the easiest way to make sure you keep off those extra pounds. If the ideas of becoming physically active makes you apprehensive, start slowly, by taking the stairs at work, or a ten minute walk with your pooch.
  • Research Family History – If your family has a history of diabetes, you are likely more prone to develop it, which may require larger lifestyle changes.
  • Go For A Check-Up – If you are more prone to developing diabetes because of family history or obesity issues, going in to the clinic is the best way to stay on top of your blood sugar levels. If you are over the age of forty-five, you should additionally have your blood sugar levels checked at least once every three years.
  • Involve Your Family – It doesn’t matter how you do it; whether you take your kids to the park every Saturday afternoon or simply add more broccoli to your spouse’s plate, including your family in your lifestyle changes will additionally benefit their lives, and help to prevent them from developing diabetes.

Although making lifestyle changes can be tough for both you and your family, diabetes is a life altering disease that can be prevented, and if you have the power to avoid it, why not make those lifestyle changes?

 

January 11, 2010

Natural Cures for Diabetes

Worldwide, there are 285 million people who have been diagnosed with diabetes. 180,000 people die from diabetes each year. This number is astonishing and alarmingly high. Insulin injections are available for both types of diabetes as well as other medications and injections. Although injections are helpful, they are uncomfortable and disliked by many. Fortunately there are other home remedies and possible cures for some type two diabetes (excluding type one diabetes).

Fenugreek seeds or extract – Fenugreek seeds ( see photo left) are very useful and helpful in Type 2 diabetes. Fenugreek seeds can be purchased at most local herb or tea shops, health food stores, and online. Soak between 90 and 100 seeds in one cup of water and leave overnight. Mash them in the morning and strain into a cloth. Drink this mixture regularly (at least once every 2 days). It will take at least two months to cure diabetes naturally.

Bittermelon – Also known as karela, or balsam pear, is another great curer of diabetes. The fruit juice and extract significantly lower your blood sugar and lessen the strength of diabetes, and possibly, eventually curing diabetes. Drinking between 50 and 60 mL of bittermelon juice has shown excellent clinical results for diabetic patients. Bittermelon juice should be given in small dosages and never given to those with hypoglycemia or young children.

Apple cider vinegar – Another well know natural and effective diabetes treatment is apple cider vinegar. It has been proven in numerous studies that apple cider vinegar (and other types of vinegar) can reduce a person’s blood sugar. For best results take 2 teaspoons of cider vinegar at bedtime daily.

Cinnamon – Many researchers have proven that 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can significantly reduce ones diabetes. Cinnamon acts as an anti-inflammatory and acts similarly to insulin. Cinnamon can be put on cereal, mixed in tea, and sprinkled on salads to effectively add it to your daily meals.

3 other ingredients to increase in your diet are onions, garlic, and blueberry leaves, as all of these help cure and relieve type two diabetes symptoms. Do not stop administering the right doses of insulin that has been prescribed to you. Ask your doctor if he suggests any of these remedies for you.

December 17, 2009

Diabetes in Children: What You Need To Know

Diabetes in ChildrenThe cause of diabetes is unknown; however it has been linked to genetics, certain environmental triggers and lifestyle habits, such as eating right and exercising often. Today, about 7.8 percent of Americans living in the United States have diabetes. An alarming amount of those people are children. Similar to adults, children are equally susceptible to diabetes, although children are more likely to develop Type 1 diabetes as opposed to Type 2.

Why is My Child More Likely to Develop Type 1 Diabetes?
Type 1 Diabetes occurs when the pancreas is unable to produce insulin, a chemical that breaks down glucose in the blood. It is estimated that approximately ninety-three percent of all diabetic cases in youth are Type 1. While Type 2 diabetes has been linked to obesity, the reason for frequent cases of Type 1 diabetes in children is not entirely known. Some evidence suggests that Type 1 diabetes may be linked to allergies, and that avoiding cow’s milk during an infant’s first year of life may reduce the risk of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes has also been diagnosed in children after recovering from viral infections including influenza, polio, rubella, measles and mumps. There are several other factors that have led to Type 1 diabetes in children, such as genetics and diet.

How Can I Can I Tell If My Child Has Developed Diabetes?
Common symptoms of diabetes include thirst, weight loss, exhaustion, and frequent urination. Diabetes in children is also characterized by stomach pains, headaches and behavior problems. If you are concerned that your child may have some of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your family doctor.

What Is The Treatment For Children With Diabetes?
Though there is no cure for diabetes, it can be easily managed with insulin treatment. For children, the most common methods of insulin treatment are injections and insulin pumps. Lifestyle change is an avid combatant against diabetes; adapting you and your child’s lifestyle to more healthy alternatives such as regular physical exercise and healthy eating habits is crucial in managing your child’s diabetes.

There is no proof that diabetes is caused in children by any specific factor, so there is no need for anxiety concerning the condition that your child possibly could develop, and no need to ration your child’s sugar intake as if you’re in a famine. Though transitioning into a lifestyle that supports the prevention of diabetes in your child may seem daunting, just take small steps at a time.

Remember, even if part of your child’s life is managing diabetes, it isn’t their (or your) whole life, so enjoy it!

 

May 14, 2009

Diabetes, America’s Disease

Currently in the United States, there are 23.6 million people, consisting of both children and adult’s alike living with a form of diabetes.

Diabetes is defined by the American Diabetes Association as, “a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.”

Type 1 diabetes results from the body’s inability to produce insulin, a hormone that tells your cells to perform some of their functions, such as picking up glucose from the blood stream. Type 1 diabetes make up for only 5-10 percent of diagnosed cases in America.

Type 2 Diabetes occurs when the body develops insulin resistance, the condition in which the body is unable to properly use the insulin. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes diagnosed in America.

When the body cannot properly use insulin, cells become unable to use the glucose (that’s the scientific word for sugar) in the blood stream. The result can lead to 2 potential problems. Your cells may be starved for energy and over time, high blood glucose levels may hurt your eyes, kidneys, nerves or heart.

These problems branch off into many different sub-problems, many of them can be deadly. These include heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, eye complications, foot complications, skin complications, gum disease, diabetic neuropathy, gastroparesis, and even depression.

However, do not feel discouraged, many people have lived long and full lives while having diabetes. With a plan that aims to balance the foods you eat with your exercise and, if needed with diabetes pills and insulin.

Information provided on this website is for general purposes only. It is not intended to take the place of advice from your practitioner.

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