Sunday, September 9, 2012

Wondering If You Have Pre-Diabetes?

If you're among the 79 million Americans with prediabetes -  higher-than-healthy blood sugar levels that pave the way for diabetes and other health concerns - there's sweet and sour news.   

The sour news? 
New evidence says high levels of blood sugar double age-related brain shrinkage. That translates into shrinkage of memory and thinking skills.   

The sweet news? 
It's easier than ever to say "no thanks" to prediabetes. Small upgrades in your life (a little weight loss and a little activity) work best. They slash your risk of progressing to diabetes by at least 58%,  drugs manage only a 31% improvement.

Wondering if you have pre-diabetes?

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Can Childhood Obesity Hinder the Brain?

New study shows children who are overweight or obese may face problems with brain development, especially if they have risk factors for metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of problems that set the stage for diabetes and heart disease.

Risks for metabolic syndrome include:

  • Belly fat
  • High levels of blood fats called triglycerides
  • Insulin resistance or prediabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Low level of "good" HDL cholesterol
Researcher Antonio Convit, MD, says the bottom line is, "We are seeing brain changes in kids with metabolic syndrome and we don't know if this is reversible."

Children with metabolic syndrome scored 10% lower on mental tasks that are important for learning, he says. The findings appear in Pediatrics.

What to Do?

Friday, September 7, 2012

Lilly Launches Support Type 1 Diabetes Mobile App

Lilly Diabetes today announced the release of a new mobile application designed for caregivers and healthcare providers who support people with type 1 diabetes. 

The Lilly Glucagon Mobile App is a tool to teach how to use Glucagon for Injection, through simulated practice. Glucagon, 1 mg (1 unit), is indicated to treat severe hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). 

Severe hypoglycemia due to insulin may result in loss of consciousness (insulin coma). The app is designed to help people be more prepared, and also  provide an opportunity to store locations and expiration dates of their Lilly Glucagon Emergency Kits

The Lilly Glucagon Mobile App is now available on the iTunes® store as a free download for iPhone® or iPad® mobile devices.

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

12 Year Old Diabetic Bonds With Service Dog

It was just more than two years ago that 12-year-old Olivia Saint got sick with what her parents, Beth and Patrick, thought was the flu.

Their discovery of what was wrong with Olivia has brought a four-legged addition to the family named Bella whose presence helps teach others that the need for a service dog is not always obvious.

Olivia’s nausea, aches, pains and tiredness came and went. The symptoms finally got so severe Olivia was taken to the emergency room where doctors performed a multitude of tests, including a check of her blood sugar. It was so dangerously high (1,180) that she was transported by ambulance to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Warning Sign Of Diabetes

Individuals can experience different warning signs, and sometimes there may be no obvious warning, but some of the signs of diabetes are commonly experienced:

  • Frequent urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Increased hunger
  • Weight loss
  • Tiredness
  • Lack of interest and concentration
  • Vomiting and stomach pain (often mistaken as the flu)
  • A tingling sensation or numbness in the hands or feet
  • Blurred vision
  • Frequent infections
  • Slow-healing wounds

The onset of Type 1 diabetes is usually sudden and dramatic while the symptoms can often be mild or absent in people with Type 2 diabetes, making this type of diabetes gradual in onset and hard to detect.

If you show these signs, consult a health professional.