Managing Diabetes

HEMOGLOBIN A1c READING IS NOT RELIABLE FOR TYPE II DIABETES DIAGNOSIS

Most doctors rely on hemoglobin A1c blood test results in detecting a patient’s risk for Type II diabetes and prediabetes. It has been found out recently that this test yields poor reading, resulting in a misdiagnosis for the majority of patients who are at risk. This is based on the research results shown at the Endocrine Society gathering held in New Orleans, Louisiana. The scientists compared and contrasted the accuracy of the hemoglobin A1c test with the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). They discovered that the A1c test missed about 73% of diabetic patients as opposed to the OGTT results. A1c is widely used because people don’t need to fast before their blood is drawn. It is very convenient that way. Fasting blood sugar test mandates that the patient should fast first. OGTT gauges t...

Known Treatments for Obesity

A large part of the global population suffers from obesity. Some founded causes of this condition are medications, an unhealthy diet, heredity, sedentary living, and an underlying ailment. Many treatments are available to those who want to reach their ideal weight. A person, who carries excess weight, is always at risk of developing health problems. Because of this, losing weight and maintaining an ideal weight is vital. It may be difficult for most people, but the health benefits are undeniable. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), losing as little as 5% to 10% of your body weight is enough to trigger good health changes. Constant, slow weight loss (1 to 2 pounds a week) is far better than losing weight drastically. If you work on losing weight this way, the ...

Why Diabetes Causes Fatigue

When you are fatigued, how you feel is much more elevated than just being tired. Rest can easily relieve tiredness. On the other hand, even if you rest, lethargy and exhaustion may not be allayed by some downtime. Based on the data of The American Diabetes Association, fatigue is a symptom reported by 61% of type ii diabetes patients. It is then established that fatigue is the second most prevalent symptom of this condition. Why There’s Fatigue in Diabetic Patients Below are the following reasons why diabetic patients experience fatigue: Fluctuation of blood glucose levels. As you know, diabetes affects how your body uses and regulates blood glucose. Normally, a person’s body transforms food into simple carbohydrates. In diabetics, the same sugars collect in the blood. The body cannot use ...

Estrogen Enhances Insulin Sensitivity

ESTROGEN FOR TYPE II DIABETES CONTROL New studies show that estrogen enhances insulin sensitivity. The said results have a significant effect on our comprehension of diabetes and obesity. As you may well know, approximately 84 Million people in the US are diagnosed with prediabetes. If not helped, prediabetes leads to Type II diabetes. Prediabetes usually develops in those who have insulin resistance in which the body’s cells do not respond to insulin well, leading to their inability to absorb glucose from the bloodstream. This condition is a hormonal imbalance. What is another hormone could increase the production of glucose and lower insulin resistance? Recent studies, led by the associate professor of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at Texas A&M University, Shaodong Guo...

Manage type 2 Diabetes – Eat Nuts

EATING MORE NUTS CAN REDUCE RISK IN DEVELOPING CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES Currently, experts recommend Type II diabetes patients to eat nuts, to prevent the development of cardiovascular diseases and early death. As you know, nuts are packed with essential nutrients such as folate, unsaturated fatty acids, minerals, vitamin E, fiber, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. The study published recently in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, there is a connection between a lowered risk of developing cardiovascular disease and nut consumption. Nuts and Type II Diabetes Diabetes has always been known to be a contributing factor or an underlying cause of death in the United States. Annually, there are 1.5 Million cases of diabetes diagnosed in the United States. Based on the studies perf...

Is Fasting Before a Blood Test Harmful

If you had a blood cholesterol test before, then you know that doctors tell their patients to fast for eight hours for good test results. It is quite a tedious task for most patients, but it has been the practice for decades. Now, there is a study that this kind of preparation is not good for people with diabetes anymore. It may even do them harm. Those with diabetes usually have elevated levels of bad cholesterol or low-density lipoprotein. This condition leads to the accumulation of arterial fat. To prevent erroneous results, doctors instruct their patients to fast before their blood test. The latest studies suggest that fasting may not be necessary anymore. Specialists from Michigan State University in East Lansing state that when diabetics fast before a blood test, hypoglycemia sets in...

Sweet Tips for People Diagnosed with Diabetes

It is always challenging for diabetics to choose the right dessert or to even avoid that part of the meal. Physicians usually advise their patients to stay away from carbohydrates, but this isn’t necessary at all. People diagnosed with diabetes can still enjoy sweets, provided they have a plan. Even a non-diabetic person can follow some useful tips to enjoy sweets the right way: Eat desserts in small portions. Moderation is key. You don’t need to skip dessert if you’re diabetic. Instead, you can eat those sweets in smaller portions. Whenever you eat out, share the dessert or just ask for a much smaller serving of it. Prefer homemade sweets. If you make your desserts in your own kitchen, you can control the ingredients. You can also choose healthier alternatives such as whole grain flour, a...

Is Hair Loss Related to Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition accompanied by other issues such as hair loss. If sugar levels stabilize, hair loss can be reduced or even reversed. Shedding is a natural part of the life cycle of your hair. The moment the hair strand reaches its final stages, it falls out. New hair then starts to sprout, replacing the missing follicle. Sometimes, new hair fails to grow, so there are bald spaces. This makes hair loss more obvious. Factors such as hormonal fluctuations, stress, and elevated glucose levels. Underlying conditions like diabetes can cause hair loss as well. Diabetic patients can experience thinning and loss of hair. Their condition can impair hair growth, stop new hair follicles from developing, or cause more hair growth. Here are some of the common causes of hair loss in diabetic pati...

INTERMITTENT FASTING: A WAY TO FIGHT TYPE II DIABETES

Type II diabetes is a slow, silent killer, affecting a significant percentage of the human population. In fighting this disease, diet and lifestyle change are necessary. Why don’t you try intermittent fasting? Scientists say that this could very well play an important role in managing Type II diabetes. Intermittent Fasting Defined The diet that involves cycling between fasting and eating is called intermittent fasting. It does not require specific foods during eating periods. The most common intermittent diet is 16:8. In this diet, you eat dinner by 7:00 PM, skip breakfast the next day, and eat lunch at 11:00 AM. Other versions of the intermittent diet involve fasting for 48 hours in a week, fasting every other day, and not eating for 24 hours once or two times a week. The intermittent die...

OVERVIEW OF DIABETIC DRUGS FOR PATIENTS WITH TYPE II DIABETES

Type II diabetes develops in people based on their lifestyle and food choices. Some patients correct their diabetes with exercise and proper diet. Others require help from insulin therapy and diabetes medications. Many factors determine which of these medications the patient should take. Underlying health conditions and blood sugar levels are often the principal ones. The attending physician might even prescribe diabetes drugs from various classes to help regulate the patient’s sugar levels. Below are the possible prescription medications for patients with Type II diabetes: 1. Metformin. This is the primary medication given to Type II diabetes patients. It improves the body’s insulin sensitivity. This way, the body utilizes insulin more efficiently. Metformin also lowers the liver’s produc...

HOW DOES METFORMIN WORK?

Type II diabetes is a condition that afflicts older children, adolescents, and adults. When lifestyle and diet changes fail to regulate blood sugar levels, Metformin is the medication to take. Doctors can just tell their patients to take this medication on its own, with insulin, or with other anti-diabetes medications How Does it Work? When a person has Type II diabetes, the liver, muscle, and fat cells become non-reactive to insulin. Non-diabetics depend on insulin to transform glucose into energy. This is the way insulin helps control the sugar level in the blood. If the cells resist to insulin, the blood sugar levels increase beyond normal levels. Metformin hydrochloride is classified as a biguanide, which lowers blood glucose levels in the following ways: 1. It increases the insulin se...

HOW MANY CARBS IN AN ORANGE

Citrus fruits are always good for the body. They are often the preferred fruits of people who want to strengthen their immune systems during flu season. These fruits are also good for diabetics. Here are some of the benefits of eating citrus fruits: • They are good for the heart • They are rich in fiber • They have a low glycemic index • They may shorten the duration of colds • They are rich in potassium • They help the body absorb nutrients • They hydrate the body • They make the skin youthful-looking • They help with weight loss The humble yet renowned orange is a common citrus fruit. People with diabetes can easily include this fruit in their diet. Carbohydrate Content Orange is rich in vitamin C, which acts against free radicals. It also helps strengthen your immunity and heal your wou...

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