Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Possibility Factors for Juvenile Diabetes

Although there is no common trigger for juvenile diabetes there are risk elements that can give a contribution to the likeliness a baby will be diagnosed with the ailment.

As some varieties of type 1 diabetes are an autoimmune sickness you can be at a higher possibility if you have already been diagnosed with a distinct autoimmune sickness. There are additionally some conditions surrounding a mother’s being pregnant and exertions than may give a contribution to the prognosis of juvenile diabetes.

If your baby has been diagnosed with one of these autoimmune disorder he or she is considered at a better risk for diabetes in childhood:
* If your child has had one of those viruses: hepatitis, mumps, or CMV disease
* Thyroid complications general as hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism (or Graves disease)
* Celiac disease
There has been some evidence that has shown that a baby born to a mother over the age of 35 may be at higher possibility for developing type 1 diabetes. This is now not conclusive and it is no longer to say that a child born to a younger mom is no longer at possibility as good. Some reviews imply that a mother who had pre-eclampsia all the way through pregnancy will supply start to a child with a better risk of being clinically determined – however this is not a proven fact.
Other risk elements come with race – individuals from Northern Europe or places of the Mediterranean – are regarded at higher chance than different races. Environmental and dietary elements can play a role too. 
If a baby is below a lot of pressure it is regarded a reason why why he or she can even cross onto broaden type 1 diabetes. dietary dangers elements include high degrees of dairy and nitrosamines (used as a preservative in some meats and cheeses). exposure to pollution is considered a possibility element too.

Fructose Effects

Fructose, or fruit sugar, is a simple monosaccharide found in many plants. It is one of the three dietary monosaccharides, along with glucose and galactose, that are absorbed directly into the bloodstream during digestion.

Fructose is generally regarded as being 1.73 times as sweet as sucrose. Fructose is a common sweetener used in many products such as soda as a result. There is now some new research evidence of cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk is present in the blood of adolescents who consume a lot of fructose, a scenario that worsens in the face of excess belly fat.

An analysis of 559 adolescents age 14-18 correlated high-fructose diets with higher blood pressure, fasting glucose, insulin resistance and inflammatory factors that contribute to heart and vascular disease.

FINISH READING ARTICLE AT ENN Original news: Fructose Effects

Friday, January 27, 2012

New NIH Fact Sheet Explains Test For Diabetes, Prediabetes

A new fact sheet from the National Institutes of Health explains the A1C test, a widely used and important test to diagnose type 2 diabetes and prediabetes, and to monitor blood glucose levels of people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

The A1C blood test provides information about average blood glucose levels, also called blood sugar, over the past three months. The test is sometimes referred to as the hemoglobin A1c, HbA1c, or glycohemoglobin test. The test result is reported as a percentage. The higher the percentage, the higher a person's average blood glucose levels, which can cause complications in people with diabetes. A normal A1C level is below 5.7%.

The A1C Test and Diabetes covers a wide range of information, including

  • How the test works
  • Other blood tests for type 2 diabetes and prediabetes
  • Accuracy of blood tests
  • Where to learn more about A1C tests in people with hemoglobin variants
  • A1C targets

Full article here

Thursday, January 26, 2012

CDC Reports Diabetes Amputations Falling Dramatically

Severe cases of diabetes mellitus often leads to auputation of the lower limbs. The report from the CDC is good news - Charles

Foot and leg amputations were once a fairly common fate for diabetics, but new government research shows a dramatic decline in limbs lost to the disease, probably due to better treatments.

The rate has fallen by more than half since the mid-1990s, according to what is being called the most comprehensive study of the trend.

For older diabetics, amputations dropped from more than 11 to about 4 per 1,000 people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday.

Other diabetes studies have shown declines in lost toes, feet and legs, but not as dramatic.

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Protica Introduces Products for Diabetes

Protica has announced that their recently launched product, Profect® protein shot, can be of benefit to those suffering from diabetes.

Profect’s formulation was designed to meet the needs of medical patients including those suffering from diabetes who are on special diets. Every serving contains 25 grams of protein, zero sugars, zero carbohydrates, and only 100 calories. These nutritional attributes are ideal for diabetes patients who are following a specialized diet, especially those concerned with the glycemic index of their foods. Many diabetes patients follow a diet that calls for a strict caloric intake to be maintained on a daily basis, and Profect’s 100 calories per serving fits into such diets. Along with its low caloric content, Profect also contains zero sugars, which is a critical feature to diabetes patients.

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Diabetes: Device Checks Saliva, Not Blood


A new technique to measure glucose in saliva could eliminate the need for diabetics to draw blood to check blood sugar levels.

The biochip developed by engineers at Brown University uses plasmonic interferometers and could be employed to measure a range of biological and environmental substances. The technique takes advantage of a convergence of nanotechnology and surface plasmonics, which explores the interaction of electrons and photons (light). The engineers etched thousands of plasmonic interferometers onto a fingernail-size biochip and measured the concentration of glucose molecules in water on the chip.
Read full article at – Diabetes: Device checks saliva, not blood

Friday, January 20, 2012

2012 Blood Glucose Meters

The blood glucose meter is a basic tool of diabetes management—and perhaps the most valuable one

The information gleaned from a pinprick of blood placed on a test strip inserted into the meter helps you prevent blood glucose highs and lows, and learn how diet, exercise, stress, illness, and other things affect your blood glucose levels. That knowledge is a powerful instrument in controlling your diabetes. But how can you know which meter is right for you?

Here's a guide, which is designed to help you sort through more than five dozen meters that were on the U.S. market as of Oct. 1, 2011.

Head over to Diabetes Forecast for more info on gluclose meters

Thursday, January 19, 2012

What Do You Really Know About Diabetes?

Nearly 26 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes - and more than 7 million more have diabetes but don't realize it, according to the CDC. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

Go here and test your knowledge of this chronic disease by taking this multiple-choice quiz.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Insulin Therapy May Help Reduce Cardiovascular Disease

Diabetes patients are more susceptible to the development of atherosclerosis than non-diabetics and insulin therapy might help repair atherosclerotic lesions in diabetic patients....

Researchers at the Hospital for Sick Children and the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto reported that insulin applied in therapeutic doses selectively stimulates the formation of new elastic fibers in cultures of human aortic smooth muscle cells.

The researchers noted that their results advance the understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms of diabetic vascular disease.

Continue reading at Diabetes in Control

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Magic Fad Diet (And Other Ideas That Don't Work)

Fad diets make losing weight sound so easy (if not delicious—we're talking about you, cabbage soup diet).

Ask someone who's successfully lost a fair amount of weight and the answer is bound to be something like, "I ate better and exercised more." Bummer.

Year after year, new miracle diets come and go, each one promising to help shed pounds effortlessly. Here are a few that should get you to just roll your eyes and walk away...

Skipping meals or cutting too many calories.
Doctors have found that skipping meals may actually make you gain weight. Seriously. When your body goes too long between eating or doesn't get enough, it slows down your metabolism to conserve calories. You may wind up eating less and storing more.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Diabetes Accounts For More Than One-Third of Indian Health Costs

Diabetes accounts for more than one-third of Indian Health Service costs - Washington state doctors get access to Rx tracking

A study of American Indian adults in central Arizona found that a high proportion of Indian Health Service costs go to treat patients with diabetes.

American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest prevalence of diabetes among all U.S. racial or ethnic groups and are 2.3 times more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than the general population. Continue reading - amednews: News in brief - Jan. 16, 2012 ... American Medical News

New Discovery - Type 1 Diabetes

Scientists say they have uncovered new evidence which it is hoped could eventually help diagnose and prevent type 1 diabetes.

Professor Andy Sewell from Cardiff University's School of Medicine is - an expert in human T-cells. He has worked alongside diabetes experts from King's College, and says the process of the body attacking insulin-producing cells is not fully understood

Professor Sewell witnessed human T-cells - which protect against disease - inadvertently destroying insulin-producing cells. It is the first time the process has been witnessed.

Continue reading the main story
BBC News - Type 1 diabetes discovery by Cardiff University and King's College

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Paula Deen - If You Need Us, The Diabetes On-Line Community Has Your Back!

I ran across "Diabetesaliciousness" blog, and this article was of particular interest. I have to admit I am a Paula Deen fan - me and my wife watch her show on the Food Network . . . 

The blog post starts off with - So there was all sorts of rumblings (and twitterings) on the internetz this past weekend about the possibility of Paula Deen being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Paula's people have yet to confirm the story and until they do, I won't say that Paula is a person living with diabetes, because I don't know.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Diabetic Tester That Talks to iPhones and Doctors

A small start-up is introducing a new diabetes meter that will be the first with wireless technology that instantly transmits a patient's readings to a private online database, which can be accessed by the patient or—with permission—by a doctor, caregiver or family member.

This system charts the results to highlight trends and spot problems, and can be accessed via a Web browser or an iPhone app. It automatically transmits relevant feedback—such as whether your readings seem high or low—and allows doctors to respond.

Full story at Wall Street Journal