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Dealing With Cough In Diabetics

Dealing With Cough In Diabetics

A constant cough can be disruptive for any person but when it comes to diabetics, it does complicate matters. For starters, a person with diabetes cannot just reach out for any over the counter (OTC) cough syrup because it is likely to be rich in sugar. Secondly, the cough is often the result of a cold and this puts additional stress on the body, causing blood sugar levels to rise. Therefore, dealing with in diabetics requires much greater care and attention. Cold, cough and blood sugar – what’s the link? If the cough and cold is the result of an infection, the body seeks to combat it by releasing greater quantities of hormones to fight the infection. While this is good for people without diabetes, it can create complications for diabetic persons because, as the American Diabetes Association explains, these hormones interfere with the action of insulin in the body. Whether it is the natural insulin produced by the pancreas or the insulin a person receives as part of anti-diabetic therapy, this hormonal interference is likely to result in higher blood sugar levels.[1](Reference) If a diabetic person has and cold that lasts for more than a week, the chronically elevated blood glucose levels can lead to other complications such as where too much acid builds up in the blood.[4](Reference) This makes it even more crucial for diabetics to deal with their cough and cold symptoms at once, without waiting for it to go away on its own. Composition of cough products Like all pharmaceutical formulations, OTC cough syrups contain certain active ingredients (the actual drugs responsible for the therapeutic effect) and some inactive materials (solvents, coloring agents, flavoring agents and preservatives) that help to give a palatable and aesthetic product. Both active as well as Continue reading >>

How To Treat Flu Or Colds With Diabetes

How To Treat Flu Or Colds With Diabetes

Fall and winter are the viruses' delight. Rhinoviruses (colds) and adenoviruses (flus) prey on people huddled close together in cold weather. They also feel right at home on thousands of daily continental and intercontinental flights on which they fly for free. The vast oceans on the earth host uncounted viral hoards, and global warming makes breeding and mutations easier. Adenovirus transmission often goes from wild birds or bats to chickens, then pigs, and finally to humans. Flu season usually begins in early December and winds up in late March, but a 1999 outbreak began in Alaska in September, and unusual summer influenzas have also been seen in some parts of this country over the last few years. On average, adults develop 2 to 3 colds or flus per year, and children as many as 6 to 12. Knowing when to visit the doctor can be tricky. Here are some criteria to help you make an informed decision. Consult your physician if: a cough gets worse instead of better your illness lasts longer than a week your symptoms get worse instead of better a high fever occurs sinus pain, earache, or toothache develops Viral strains change every year, and about every 30 years an especially severe outbreak or pandemic occurs. A very deadly variant appeared during World War ! and became what is now called the Spanish flu pandemic. Some believe it started on March 11, 1918, at an Army training camp in Fort Riley, Kansas. However, an earlier outbreak probably began earlier in 1916 at a large British war camp near Etaples, France, where large numbers of live chickens and pigs were kept in close proximity to thousands of encamped soldiers. By late spring of 1918, the flu had killed 48 soldiers at Fort Riley. The following fall, it reappeared with a vengence in the fall, killing more Americans, E Continue reading >>

6 Best Home Remedies For Cough To Give You Instant Relief

6 Best Home Remedies For Cough To Give You Instant Relief

6 Best Home Remedies for Cough to Give You Instant Relief Cough is a common reflex action that occurs when mucus drain down To treat cough most, you need to first find out if its dry or productive Giloy juice, honey and turmeric are some natural remedies for cough Who doesn't love a slight nip in the air? (Sniff, sniff) Or a chilly breeze? (Cough, cough). We get it, definitely not someone who's been suffering from a sudden flu attack. Even a little cough can bring your life to a standstill but know that the changing weather is not the only reason for your misery. Cough is a common reflex action that occurs when mucus or foreign irritants drain down the back of the throat. It is a signal that your body is trying to clear the breathing passage. In his book, Ayurvedic Home Remedies, author Vasant Lad, explains, "From an Ayurvedic perspective, most coughs are caused by excess Pitta or Kapha in the bronchial tree, causing congestion and irritation of the bronchial mucous membrane." He further suggests that the easy solution to manage this condition is to reduce the unwanted pitta or kapha. In order to treat cough most effectively, you need to first find out if its dry cough or productive cough. Dry cough may occur due to inflammation of the trachea or irritation in the throat. A productive cough results from the presence of mucus or other fluid in the respiratory tract and it is usually a symptom of a respiratory disease like pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis, or tuberculosis. Constant coughing can often leave your chest aching. You must keep yourself hydrated , which helps to keep the mucous membranes moist so that it can be easily flushed out. Besides this, before you reach out for pills, try these five effective home remedies for cough that might help you feel better. Ayu Continue reading >>

Home Remedies For Diabetes

Home Remedies For Diabetes

Diabetes, also called diabetes mellitus, has become a very common heath problem. There are two main types of diabetes- type 1 diabetes in which the body does not produce insulin and type 2 diabetes in which the body does not produce enough insulin or the insulin that is produced does not work properly. Some of the common symptoms of diabetes include fatigue, weight loss (even though you are eating more), excessive thirst, increased urination, cut and bruises that are slow to heal and blurred vision. While there is no cure for diabetes, with your blood sugar level under control you can live a totally normal life. There are various natural remedies for diabetes that will help you control your blood sugar level. Here are the top 10 home remedies for diabetes. Needless to say, you also need to consult a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. (Out of the 10, we have covered 3 highly effective home remedies in this video as well.) 1. Bitter Gourd Bitter gourd, also known as bitter melon, can be helpful for controlling diabetes due to its blood glucose lowering effects. It tends to influence the glucose metabolism all over your body rather than a particular organ or tissue. It helps increase pancreatic insulin secretion and prevents insulin resistance. Thus, bitter gourd is beneficial for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. However, it cannot be used to entirely replace insulin treatment. Drink some bitter gourd juice on an empty stomach each morning. First remove the seeds of two to three bitter gourds and use a juicer to extract the juice. Add some water and then drink it. Follow this treatment daily in the morning for at least two months. Also, you can include one dish made of bitter gourd daily in your diet. 2. Cinnamon Powdered cinnamon has the ability to lower blood sug Continue reading >>

Whooping Cough Due To Diabetes

Whooping Cough Due To Diabetes

I am new to this forum and desperate for a remedy. My mother is suffering from diabetes from a long time now. We have changed many doctors but the diabetes the diabetes does not becomes normal, moreover after diabetes she got infected with whooping cough and she keep on coughing for long time. I have tried many medicines but no good. Please help what should be done. Any home remedy, excise or special diet that I need to follow so that diabetes is reduced and cough is cured. Hoping for reply. Thanks. If her sugar level is running over 300 very often, her Lupisulin and Zoryl dosages need to be adjusted - they are not keeping her within a safe range (which should be about 90-140 mg/dl). Does her diet contain other carbs - possibly wheat products like breads? That is a big offender for many diabetics. Is her cough diagnosed as actual Pertussis ? Does she have asthma or other respiratory illnesses? The high blood sugar can hinder the healing process of the other ailments, just the same as it can hinder the healing of wounds. Whatever it takes to get her blood sugar down is going to help all the other things too. Welcome Admit, you are in the right place for answers. You love your mother very much to want to help her. What is your mother's diet? That is important to getting her blood sugar down. You have to be careful with a diet that involves someone who is sick. Sometimes the diet can raise the blood sugar. Check all labels and be sure to give her the serving size that is on the label. Have you tried Vick's vapo rub for your mother? It comes in a jar. I have some handy. When I have a cold on cough, I rub it on underneath my neck when I go to bed. Also, a humidifor (sp?) might help. I am new to this forum and desperate for a remedy. My mother is suffering from diabetes from Continue reading >>

Natural Remedy Ticklish Cough

Natural Remedy Ticklish Cough

Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community My friend is type 2 diabetic and has a continuous ticklish cough any homemade remedies, have seen some but all need sugar/honey added Is (s)he taking an ACE inhibitor? If so ask the doctor about changing to an ARB. Pharmacist recommended Robitussin to me as being sugar free. Try gargling with ice cold water.I numbs the back of the throat and does give some relief. Hot topic - Coughing? Take some chocolate 30 November 2004 - written by Bupa's Health information team An ingredient found in chocolate may be a more effective remedy than current medicines for persistent coughs, according to a new study in the November 2004 edition of The FASEB (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) Journal.1 The study showed that an ingredient of chocolate called theobromine was more effective at stopping persistent coughs than the leading cough medicine codeine. hi tickly coughs salt and vineagar crisps does the trick didnt beleive it when my son in law said but have tried it since certainly worked for me at 2 in morning Iced water excellent - but this is a homemade gargle to ward off throat infections if that helps. Pick thyme, lemon balm and mint - a big hanful. Put into a jug. Add boiling water and allow to steep until it is cold. Filter off the liquid and use to gargle. Slowly sip a small glass of it. Do this 2 or 3 times a day - I have found it really works. The most important herb in this is thyme - in case you can't find the other two. Hi is your friend taking statins, some people develop a try cough with that kind of medication. Also is your friend overweight? If so he could be suffering from acid reflux which can cause an irritating cough too Continue reading >>

Treating The Common Cold And Type 2 Diabetes

Treating The Common Cold And Type 2 Diabetes

It is that time of year again and as a Pharmacist/Certified Diabetes Educator one of the most common questions over the fall, the holiday’s and winter months is “What do you have to treat my cold?” or simply “Can you make me feel better?” Well there is no cure and we cannot wave our “therapeutic” wand and make symptoms disappear but there are a variety of products to help with the symptoms of cough and cold. If the patient is relatively healthy it may be a bit of a hit or miss scenario but usually the product will ease the symptoms until the cold runs its course over 7 to 10 days. The picture becomes less clear when the patient is taking other medications, has medical conditions such as kidney disease, blood pressure, or they have diabetes. Assisting our patient choose an appropriate product that will not worsen their existing medical conditions, and lessen the symptoms that make them feel miserable is key. Diabetes is a condition that requires some adjusting to choose the right product. It is not always a “Sugar free”, “Natural”, or alternative product that is best, as active ingredients may have issues. These include raising blood sugars, raising blood pressure or stressing the kidneys (common issues with diabetes). Usually after a brief discussion to educate the patient, a product can be chosen to help both their symptoms and minimally impact their diabetes and blood sugars. The discussion that follows is a practical approach on how to decide what a person with diabetes can use so that they understand why we avoid certain classes of products due to a their existing medical conditions. Blood Sugars Can Rise when Ill It is important to realize that when a person with diabetes is “fighting” a cold it produces stresses on the body as a whole and Continue reading >>

Coughs, Colds And Diabetes

Coughs, Colds And Diabetes

Save for later For many people, the chilly month of January brings winter bugs. If you’re ill you may not feel like eating, but, if you've got diabetes, it’s really important to try to get adequate nutrition, particularly carbohydrate and fluids. Try these top tips for eating well when you're under the weather. Eating well Keep to your normal meal pattern if at all possible, but if this is too difficult, eat smaller meals, more frequently. You’ll find this easier than three larger meals, and it will also help to increase your appetite. If you’re off your food or can’t eat properly, you can replace your meals with carbohydrate-containing drinks such as soup, milk or fruit juice. Your dietitian may suggest high-energy supplement drinks between meals, too. Staying hydrated It’s important to drink plenty of sugar-free drinks, particularly water, and keep drinking as much as your can. If you’re being sick and can’t keep anything down, take regular sips of sugary drinks such as fruit juice, cola or lemonade, which can help to regulate your blood glucose levels. Keep taking your insulin and/or other diabetes medications even if you’re not eating, and speak to your healthcare team if you aren’t able to keep food and drinks down. Remember, your blood glucose level naturally goes up during illness and you need to keep it under control. Managing your health and your diabetes You may need to change your dose of insulin and/or other diabetes medications. If you check your blood glucose levels at home, you might have to do it more often when you are ill. Your results will help you and your healthcare professional to decide the changes you need to make to your medications. Contact your GP or a member of your diabetes healthcare team if you are concerned about anyth Continue reading >>

15 Remedies To Treat Diabetes At Home

15 Remedies To Treat Diabetes At Home

India is said to be the diabetes capital of the world. With nearly 50 million people in India suffering from diabetes, the country has a big challenge to face. First, let's know what is diabetes. The elevated sugar in the blood is called diabetes. There are two primary reasons behind diabetes - one is when our body stops producing insulin and second is when the body does not respond to insulin that is produced by the body. Insulin is broken down by the body and used as energy, which is transported to the cells. There are two types of diabetes - Type I diabetes and Type II diabetes. Let's know about them in a little detail: Type I diabetes Type I diabetes usually occurs in people who are below the age 20 and that is why it is also called as juvenile diabetes. In this type, the body becomes partially or completely unable to produce insulin. Type I diabetes is an autoimmune disease. In this, your immune system attacks the pancreas from where the insulin is produced, thereby making the pancreas inefficient or unable to produce insulin. Type I diabetes cannot be prevented, it can only be controlled with healthy lifestyle changes. Type II diabetes Type II diabetes is more common than Type I diabetes in India. Type II diabetes usually happens to people who are above the age of 40. This type of diabetes is caused due to insulin resistance. In this case, the pancreas produces insulin but the body is not able to respond to it properly. There can be many reasons behind type II diabetes. Some of the reasons can be being overweight, high blood pressure, having a poor diet, taking too much stress, hormone imbalance, certain medications and leading a sedentary lifestyle. Though type II diabetes can be reversed. Let's us know some natural ways by which we can treat diabetes at home: Wh Continue reading >>

32 Home Remedies For Diabetes

32 Home Remedies For Diabetes

Even though it looks much the same as any other foot, the diabetic foot requires special attention. Why? Nerve damage is common with diabetes, especially in the lower extremities. Blood vessels are damaged as a result of the disease and circulation is decreased. When this happens, feet and legs tend to be cold and sores heal slowly, in some cases taking years to heal. This can easily lead to infection. Nerve damage can also decrease your ability to feel sensations in your feet, such as pain, heat, and cold. That means you may not notice a foot injury until you have a major infection. A common complaint from many people is, "My feet are killing me!" For a person with diabetes, that statement could be all too true. Loss of nerve function, especially on the soles of the feet, can reduce feeling and mask a sore or injury on the foot that, if left unattended, can turn into an ulcer or gangrene. Neuropathy, damage to the nerves, is a common problem for people with diabetes. It occurs most often in the feet and legs, and its signs include recurring burning, pain, or numbness. In addition to being painful, neuropathy can be harmful because if it causes a loss of feeling in the foot, even a minor foot injury may go undiscovered. In extreme cases, this can lead to serious infection, gangrene, or even amputation of the limb. Because of this, people with diabetes must be meticulous in caring for their feet. Moderate exercise, such as walking, cycling, or swimming, are best for people with diabetes. Because people with diabetes have to take some extra precautions while exercising, you will need to work with your health-care provider to design an exercise program that is right for you. For example, since exercise lowers blood glucose, you will need to learn how to maintain the correc Continue reading >>

Natural Home Remedies For Coughs

Natural Home Remedies For Coughs

You are here : Home / Best You / Home Remedies / Natural Home Remedies: Coughs Here are a few simple, practical natural home remedies to get rid of a cough. Source: Adapted from 1,801 Home Remedies, Readers Digest Coughing not only annoys you but also makes you persona non grata at the movies, the symphony, and any other place where people congregate. But if you have a wet cough, you dont want to suppress it; thats because its the bodys way of clearing out mucus. Rather, you actually want to encourage it so you can get rid of the phlegm faster and the coughing over with. If you have a dry cough, on the other hand, the trick is to coat the throat and tame the tickle. For wet coughs, suck on horehound candy, available in drugstores. A bittersweet herb, horehound acts as an expectorant, triggering the coughing reflex and helping bring up phlegm. For dry coughs, rely on slippery elm lozenges. Made from the bark of the slippery elm tree, these were once medicine-chest staples. Slippery elm is loaded with a gel-like substance that coats the throat and keeps coughing to a minimum. No slippery elm lozenges? For a dry cough, any hard candy will do because it increases saliva and causes you to swallow more, suppressing coughs. Lemon drops work especially well for wet coughs. Another remedy calls for combining peppermint candy, lemon juice, and honey. Heat the candy in lemon juice until it is dissolved. Then add honey and stir. Take 1 to 2 tablespoons as needed. Blend lemon juice with a little honey, then add a pinch of cayenne pepper and swallow. The honey coats your throat, soothing irritated tissues, while the lemon reduces inflammation and delivers a dose of infection-fighting vitamin C. The red pepper increases circulation to the area, which hastens the healing process. A ve Continue reading >>

21 Best Natural Home Remedies For The Cold, Cough & Flu

21 Best Natural Home Remedies For The Cold, Cough & Flu

You are here: Home Remedies 21 Best Natural Home Remedies For the Cold, Cough & Flu 21 Best Natural Home Remedies For the Cold, Cough & Flu With winter coming up, its only right to talk about the inevitable fevers, runny noses, and just being miserably sick. Do you always find yourselfgettinga cold or the flu a few time every year? Do you feel like your immune system is always on vacation? The common cold that plagues us year after year is right around the corner. If you live in an urban area, you know that avoiding sick people in tight areas (subway, buses, apartment buildings, skyscrapers, department stores) is near to impossible. The #1defense system to staying germ-free is hand washing ! Plain ol soap and water is more than enough to wash off all those pesky germs. It also prevents transmission of germs from other people to yourself. You touch so many things all throughout the day your phone, the subway pole, ATM buttons, door handles, keyboards, money, pens. This allows for germs to be passed on from person to person every millisecond! Gross. If your immune system is even the tiniest bit compromised, the cold virus will find you and take full advantage. Chronic stress, a poor diet, and other factors weaken the immune system. Herbs, vitamins, and minerals from around the world have been used for centuries to alleviate the symptoms of the common cold, cough, and flu. When youre sick, you are probably used to reaching for the nearest OTC medications in weakness and desperation. But OTC meds all have nasty side effects and can harm your body in the long run. Its because OTC meds are designed to mask the symptoms, and not deal with what is making you sick in the first place. What if you gave mother nature a chance to let its natural vitamins and herbs alleviate your wo Continue reading >>

What Kind Of Cold Medicine Can Diabetics Take?

What Kind Of Cold Medicine Can Diabetics Take?

home / diabetes center / diabetes a-z list / what kind of cold medicine can diabetics take article What Kind of Cold Medicine Can Diabetics Take? Medical Author: Ruchi Mathur, MD, FRCP(C) Ruchi Mathur, MD, FRCP(C) is an Attending Physician with the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and Associate Director of Clinical Research, Recruitment and Phenotyping with the Center for Androgen Related Disorders, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. My mother just found out she has diabetes. What can she take for a cough or cold, since most of the medicines have a lot of sugar? There are a few things I'd like to mention before I get straight to your answer. Ifyour mother's cough is accompanied by other symptoms, such as fever , chills , sore throat , or other systemic symptoms, she should be assessed by a physician. Likewise, is she is coughing up phlegm (sputum) that is thick, green, otherwise has color, or is excessive in amount, she should be seen by a doctor. In addition, if she identifies triggers, such as dander, or pollen , this may be more than a simple cough , and should be investigated. Finally, it is common sense that she and anyone with diabetes (or without diabetes , for that matter) should not smoke. There are over-the-counter remedies available without sugar , and if in doubt, your pharmacist should be able to point you in the right direction. In particular, Benylin Adult is sugar and alcohol free, and provides some relief from a non-productive (dry) cough. This should not be used in conjunction with MAOIs , in pregnancy or in nursing mothers. The active ingredient inthis formula is Dextromethorphan, and it is PPA (phenylpropanolamine) free. Another possibilityis Robitussin CF. This preparation has been re-formulate Continue reading >>

Home Remedies To Treat Flem In Throat

Home Remedies To Treat Flem In Throat

To filter the air we breathe, the mucous membrane of the windpipe or airways produces a thick liquid substance. This is known as flem. The production of Flem increases when there is an infection in the respiratory tract. Flem contains the pathogens causing the infection such as bacteria, virus or inflammatory cells that are produced as a response to the infection. Flem in throat is an indication of infection. If the person is healthy Flem will be white in color. Dark yellow colored Flem is an indication of infection of the lower respiratory tract or any bacterial infection. People who smoke will have dark brown colored flem If there is blood in the flem, it is a symptom of bronchitis Green colored Flem indicates pneumonia Flem production in the body occurs as a result of infection, irritation, throat or due to serious medical conditions. Some of the important causes for Flem in adults and children are listed below. Infections such as common cold, flu, bronchitis and COPD. Allergic reaction to irritants as in asthma and hay fever Damage to vocal cords due to over exertion Smoking causes the dryness of the vocal cords. This leads to excess Flem production to line the airways It is normal to have Flem that will last for up to a week during an infection. If the symptoms or there is blood in the Flem it is best to consult the doctor. Expel the Flem whenever possible and can try some home remedies to cure the problem. Honey improves the immune power of the body and has antiseptic properties. Lemon has anti bacterial property and the vitamin C present in them improves the resistance power of the body against infections. Drink hot tea to which honey and lime is added at least three times a day to soothe the throat and reduce Flem production Ginger is effective in reducing thro Continue reading >>

Cold Medicines That Are Safe For Diabetes

Cold Medicines That Are Safe For Diabetes

Searching for relief for your runny nose, sore throat, or cough? Many over-the-counter cough, cold, and flu remedies list diabetes as an underlying condition that may indicate you should leave the medication on the shelf. The warnings are clear: "Ask a doctor before use if you have: heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes." Unfortunately, your doctor is not along for the trip to the pharmacy. Because illness causes your body to release stress hormones that naturally raise blood glucose, you'll want to be sure that over-the-counter medications won't increase blood glucose levels, too. Simple Is Best for Cold Medicines Keep it simple by choosing an over-the-counter medication based on the types of ingredients proven to relieve your particular symptoms. Often a medication with just one ingredient is all you need to treat your symptoms rather than agents with multiple ingredients. "To choose the correct medication, take time to speak to a pharmacist," says Jerry Meece, R.Ph., CDE, of Gainesville, Texas. "The proper remedies may not only make you feel better, but also cut the length of the illness and possibly save you a trip to the doctor." Oral cold and flu pills are often a better choice than syrups with the same ingredients because the pills may contain no carbohydrate. If you decide to use a syrup, look for one that is sugar-free. If you can't find one, the small amount of sugar in a syrup will likely affect your blood sugar less than the illness itself, Meece says. Safe OTC Cold Medicines Various over-the-counter medications are designed to treat specific symptoms. Many pharmacists recommend these products for people with diabetes. Symptom: Cough Best option: Anti-tussive dextromethorphan (Delsym, Diabetic Tussin NT [includes acetaminophen, diphenhydramine]) Sympt Continue reading >>

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