Category: Diabetes

April 7th, 2016 by LiveMD

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World Health Day is organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and is celebrated every year on April 7th, the day that the WHO was originally founded.  Each year a new health topic is chosen to be the center of focus for the day and this year,  diabetes is the disease that is being brought into the spotlight.

The main goal of this year’s World Health Day is to bring to the public’s attention the seriousness of diabetes today and how immense of an effect it is having on millions of people worldwide.  

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that affects how the body metabolizes sugar. A person with diabetes is unable to properly use the sugar in the foods that they eat meaning that it stays in the bloodstream, causing the blood sugar levels to rise. High levels of glucose in the blood can be very dangerous and can lead to very serious health complications such as blindness, heart attack, kidney failure or amputation of limbs.

What are the Two Main Types of Diabetes?

Type 1 Diabetes: Type 1 diabetes is primarily diagnosed in people under the age of 30. It’s causes are not yet fully understood but it occurs when the cells of the pancreas become destroyed and the body becomes unable to properly produce insulin. This lack of insulin results in an increase of sugar in the blood. The primary treatment for this type of diabetes is insulin injections.

Type 2 Diabetes: In the past, this type of diabetes was primarily found in adults over the age of 30 however with the increasing incidence of obesity worldwide, it is becoming much more common to find Type 2 diabetes in people of any age, including young children. This type usually progresses much more slowly as the body very slowly becomes either unable to produce the required amounts of insulin needed or the cells of the body become resistant to the insulin that is being produced. This type of diabetes can often be managed with diet and exercise regimens or a combination of lifestyle changes and oral or injectable prescription medications.

How Can you Help Spread the Word About Diabetes?

The World Health Organization has a great deal of important and interesting information on diabetes on their World Health Day Website. Activities and quizzes are available to help you increase your knowledge of the disease. There are also resources on how to plan your own event to raise awareness in your local community.

If you would like more information on Type 2 diabetes, visit our other blog post.

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January 15th, 2016 by LiveMD

Barbara-Young-chief-executive-of-Diabetes-UK-521575Type 2 diabetes is on the rise worldwide and can affect both young and old. Across the globe, close to 10% of the entire population has been diagnosed with diabetes and it is responsible for nearly 1.5 million deaths each year.

Although science has not yet provided a cure for diabetes, with proper guidance from one of our experienced doctors or endocrinologists you can easily learn to control and manage this disease and live a long, healthy life.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that deals specifically with a hormone called Insulin. A person with Type 2 Diabetes may not be producing enough insulin to be able to properly process sugar in the blood. Another cause for this disease may be that their cells have become resistant to insulin, meaning that the insulin the body is producing is not working as well as it is supposed to. When this happens a patient’s blood glucose levels can rise to very high levels and you can begin to experience symptoms such as frequent urination, weight loss, excessive thirst or fatigue.

The Importance of Nutrition

Eating a healthy diet is one of the most important things that you can do to keep your sugar levels down and manage your diabetes. Sugary foods like candy, desserts, chocolate, soda, juice and high carbohydrate foods like white breads, pasta, and rice should be eaten in small amounts and on special occasions only. Try to keep your meals filled with lots of fruits and vegetables, lean meats, beans and legumes. By choosing the right foods to eat, your blood sugar levels will stay in check and you will also keep your weight down, which is another important factor for good health.

The Importance of Exercise

Keeping active is another important factor in keeping your type 2 diabetes in check.  Regular exercise can help to keep your blood sugar levels down and can also assist you in maintaining or losing weight. It is recommended to partake in 20 minutes of activity, such as walking, three times a week.

Diabetes Medications

Science has come a long way in devising medications that will help to manage your type 2 diabetes. There are numerous different injections and pills available that work in different ways to control this disease and help you to lead a normal, healthy life. Remembering to take your medications and following up with your doctor regularly, will help to keep this disease under control.

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