Diabetes And Sunlight

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Diabetes And Sun Protection

It's important to take precautions with medication in the sun The sun releases UV radiation which can damage our skin and eyes, particularly when the sun is strong. When the sun is out, all of us should take certain precautions to limit over exposure to the sun. Many of us like to enjoy the sun but no-one enjoys sunburn. The NHS advise people to use a sun cream with a sun protection factor of at least 15 (SPF15 or higher). Make sure you spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm. People on sulphonylureas (an oral antidiabetic medication ) should be aware that these tablets can increase sensitivity to the sun and should take precautions to limit overexposure to the sun. People with diabetes need to take care of their feet as diabetes can affect the nerves of the feet and can cause difficulties with healing. If cuts, burns and blisters are not able to heal, this can become dangerous in people with diabetes. It is therefore important to prevent the feet from getting damaged. People with diabetes are advised not to walk around barefoot as burns and blisters could be sustained without us realising. It is also important to wear comfortable shoes that do not rub or pinch the feet as th Continue reading >>

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  1. MaggieJo

    I feel like I’m trying so hard to eat right, exercise and watch my CGM for trends (since about July last year) and I’m not making any significant changes to my A1c. In fact, in the past year I went from 7.5 down to 7.1 back to 7.4 and down to 7.1 again. I can’t seem to find the “sweet spot” (or non-sweet spot as it might be for a diabetic) to get my A1c into the 6’s like my endocrinologist recommends before I can try to get pregnant.

  2. @MaggieJo

    Before I was pregnant, I had the exact same issue as you did, actually we had similar a1c’s too. NOTHING I did was good enough either. I TRIED EVERYTHING! It actually put me into depression because I was trying to get into baby range for 4 years!

  3. @Gina

    I just feel like I will let my endo down if I try to get pregnant at this point because I made an agreement with her that I would not try without getting in a better A1c range. I really feel like I would be relying on her during my pregnancy so I want to feel like we can trust each other. She has complained to me about other patients she has had who are “a mess” and it keeps her up at night. I would also need to come off my ACE inhibitor (to protect my kidneys) and likely go on a different blood pressure medication that is safer for pregnancy. I guess I’m an over-achiever? I keep having this nagging feeling that it isn’t going to happen. I’ve been under the impression that I couldn’t have a baby at all until last year and I’m 32 so I guess I just want to get on with it. Even if I don’t have a baby, am I ever going to be able to get my A1c down?

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Shelley Gorman, from the Telethon Kids Institute, gives us an overview of her research (DRWA funded) into light and the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes. There is a small section unavailable at the start due to a technical issue.

New Study: Sunlight May Help Prevent Diabetes And Obesity

New Study: Sunlight May Help Prevent Diabetes and Obesity New study suggests that sunlight exposure can slow down the development of obesity and diabetes. Researchers of the Telethon Kids Institute in Perth, Western Australia, together with their colleagues from the Universities of Edinburgh and Southampton, found that mice that had consumed large amounts of food experienced a deceleration in weight gain, when exposed to ultraviolet radiation. The experimental animals showed fewer warning signs of diabetes, such as abnormal glucose levels and insulin resistance. At the same time, vitamin D, which is produced by the body after exposure to sunlight and has been shown by numerous studies to have many beneficial health properties, did not appear to play a role against diabetes and weight gain. According to Dr. Shelley Gorman, lead author of the study from the Telethon Kids Institute, these findings are important as they suggest that casual skin exposure to sunlight, together with plenty of exercise and a healthy diet, may help prevent the development of obesity in children. The benefits of sunlight exposure were associated with nitric oxide, which is produced by the skin after exposur Continue reading >>

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  1. ltrain98026

    Have my Type 2 oral meds stopped working?

    Have my Type 2 oral meds stopped working?
    Been type 2 for about 10 years, been able to control Ha1c with oral meds the whole time in a range of 6-7. Fell off the wagon for a few months and was missing doses of meds plus not eating right. Ha1c recently checked at 11.9. Maxed out on currently on glipizide, avandia and doc just added low dose of metformin. Been consistant on all 3 for almost a week and sugars are from 180-250 during the day while maintaining a high protein low carb diet. Am I headed towards the syringe?

  2. Anthill


    Originally Posted by ltrain98026
    Am I headed towards the syringe?
    Yes unfortunately. You may have maxed the amount of drugs that you take and it's not helping in your war with this disease. Insulin is not a drug as it's a hormone and this will be better for you in keeping the BG's to the happy level. This will take time to master and it will respond to your body FAST!!! unlike the metaformin winch takes weeks to work.
    Also, Don't feel that you have failed beacuse you take insulin and you will feel better.

  3. johnleveritt

    It certainly sounds like it. talk to your dr. and see what he/she says. If your doctor does put you on insulin, don't worry about it, the shots don't hurt, and you'll be better off BG wise.

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Suns effect on skin: The skin uses sunlight to help manufacture vitamin D, which is important for normal bone formation. But sometimes its ultraviolet light can be very detrimental. Within the skin's epidermal (outer) layer are cells that contain the pigment melanin. Melanin protects skin from the suns ultraviolet rays, which can burn the skin, and over time, could reduce its elasticity and cause a person to age prematurely. Suntanning occurs because exposure to sunlight causes the skin to produce more melanin and to darken. The tan fades as these cells move toward the surface and are sloughed off. Health effects of sunlight exposure. The ultraviolet radiation in sunlight has both positive and negative health effects, as it is both a principal source of vitamin D3 and a mutagen. A dietary supplement can supply vitamin D without this mutagenic effect, but bypasses natural mechanisms that would prevent overdoses of vitamin D generated internally from sunlight. Vitamin D has a wide range of positive health effects, which include strengthening bones and possibly inhibiting the growth of some cancers. UV exposure also has positive effects for endorphin levels, and possibly for protection against multiple sclerosis. Visible sunlight to the eyes gives health benefits through its association with the timing of melatonin synthesis, maintenance of normal and robust circadian rhythms, and reduced risk of seasonal affective disorder. Long-term sunlight exposure is known to be associated with the development of skin cancer, skin aging, immune suppression, and eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Short-term over-exposure is the cause of sunburn, snow blindness, and solar retinopathy. UV rays, and therefore sunlight and sunlamps, are the only listed carcinogens that are known to have health benefits, and a number of public health organizations state that there needs to be a balance between the risks of having too much sunlight or too little. There is a general consensus that sunburn should always be avoided. Too much exposure to ultraviolet or UV rays can cause sunburn. UV rays penetrate the outer skin layers and pass into the deeper layers, where they can damage or kill skin cells. People who do not have much melanin and sun burn easily should protect themselves by covering up sensitive areas, wearing sun block, limiting their total exposure time, and limiting their sun exposure between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Frequent and prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays over many years is the chief cause of skin cancer. Examine skin regularly for development of suspicious growths or changes in an existing skin lesion. Early detection and treatment are key in increasing the cure rate for skin cancer. Risks to skin: Ultraviolet (UV) irradiation present in sunlight is an environmental human carcinogen. The toxic effects of UV from natural sunlight and therapeutic artificial lamps are a major concern for human health. The major acute effects of UV irradiation on normal human skin comprise sunburn inflammation erythema, tanning, and local or systemic immunosuppression. The most deadly form, malignant melanoma, is mostly caused by indirect DNA damage from UVA radiation. This can be seen from the absence of a direct UV signature mutation in 92% of all melanoma. UVC is the highest-energy, most-dangerous type of ultraviolet radiation, and causes adverse effects that can variously be mutagenic or carcinogenic. Despite the importance of the sun to vitamin D synthesis, it is prudent to limit the exposure of skin to UV radiation from sunlight and from tanning beds. According to the National Toxicology Program Report on Carcinogens from the US Department of Health and Human Services, broad-spectrum UV radiation is a carcinogen whose DNA damage is thought to contribute to most of the estimated 1.5 million skin cancers and the 8,000 deaths due to metastatic melanoma that occur annually in the United States. Lifetime cumulative UV exposure to skin is also responsible for significant age-associated dryness, wrinkling, elastin and collagen damage, freckling, age spots and other cosmetic changes. The American Academy of Dermatology advises that photoprotective measures be taken, including the use of sunscreen, whenever one is exposed to the sun. Short-term over-exposure causes the pain and itching of sunburn, which in extreme cases can produce more-severe effects like blistering. Cosmetic Procedures: Sun Exposure and Skin Cancer The sun's rays make us feel good, and in the short term, make us look good. But our love affair isn't a two-way street. Exposure to sun causes most of the wrinkles and age spots on our faces. Consider this: One woman at age 40 who has protected her skin from the sun actually has the skin of a 30-year-old!

The Healing Sun: Sunlight And Diabetes

The Healing Sun by Richard Hobday presents evidence showing an increase in disease with a decrease in sunlight exposure. This article discusses:Sunlight and Diabetes How Sunlight Can Prevent Serious Health Problems by Richard Hobday, taken from his book, The Healing Sun According to the World Health Organization, approximately 1 35 million people suffer from diabetes mellitus worldwide. There are two main forms of the disease: insulin dependent diabetes and non-insulin dependent diabetes. The onset of insulin dependent diabetes is most common in childhood and occurs as a result of the bodys auto-immune system destroying the cells in the pancreas which produce insulin. As the name implies, insulin dependent diabetes requires treatment with insulin. Non-insulin dependent diabetes is less serious and can be treated with diet, exercise, drugs which increase the production of insulin, or insulin itself. It is the more common form of the disease and accounts for almost 90 per cent of all diabetes cases. Non-insulin diabetes occurs after the age of about 40 years in people who are genetically disposed to it and who are often overweight and unfit. The World Health Organization predict tha Continue reading >>

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  1. psalm23

    Hoping to get some suggestions on how to deal with this.
    I know people here at not MD's but have a question here maybe can get some ideas, suggestions etc.
    Have a women that has been staying with us for the past year now. She's 62 yrs old, has diabetics and Hep c.
    What she has is really bad, is a very neausating body odor. The remedy to this is not a bar of soap and shower like some would think. This odor is really there and at times would make you sick. She does shower and such but the odor still exists. IN the morning its really light but at night can make you sick to smell it.
    The other problem is she is the type of person who has negative electrical charges in her system to where she can't wear a watch, and when she's had a car or a computer it has been nothing but electrical problems with both. She also has some sort of glandular problem to where her temples on her glasses would rot out because of skin conditions.
    She has said that her doctor never has said anything to her about it, and also she can't smell it.
    Can someone give me any suggestions as to whats going on, and maybe how to deal with this.
    At our wits end, and trying to find a way to force her into the hospital to get it taken care of.
    Suggestions appreciated.

  2. Mommyof4

    The odor associated with diabetics is a fruity odor and is caused by ketones when the blood sugar is high. Other than having extreme high blood sugars, diabetics smell like anyone else.
    You release toxins from your sweat glands. People who eat large amounts of certain foods have been known to actually smell like that food. I would think that ridding herself of these toxins would be compounded by the liver disorder or Hepatitis.
    I would look into her diet and find out what she is eating. She might also want to go in and have a ph level done of her skin so they can find out how acidic her skin is. My mom is allergic to nickel. She also has very acidic skin. Both of those combined have made the temples on her glasses break down. The glandular problem may weigh in somewhere.
    I wish I knew the answer to the question. I can say that I doubt the diabetes is causing an odor like you describe. Good luck in finding the answer

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