If you have ever asked the question “What is diabetes, exactly?”, then you have come to the right place. Diabetes is a illness that relates to problems with the hormone insulin. When functioning correctly, the pancreas releases insulin which then lets the body retain or utilize sugars and fats taken in through the food we eat. Diabetes occurs when: No insulin is produced Insufficient amounts of insulin is produced The body does not react to insulin in the correct way, a disorder known as “insulin resistance” Suitable management regarding the disease is needed after a individual has been diagnosed with diabetes. Generally three types of diabetes is referred to, namely: Type 1 Diabetes: This is when the beta cells (Insulin-producing cells) are killed by the body’s immune system. As a result the body does not produce any insulin. Subsequently insulin injections must be used to regulate the blood sugar levels. Type 1 diabetes may occur from as early as the age of 20 and makes up roughly 10% of all people suffering from diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes: In this case the pancreas does produce insulin, but it is either an inadequate amount or the body is resistant to it. Both of these cases result in glucose not being able to enter the body’s cells. It is most commonly found in people who are overweight and usually older than 40 years of age. There are however instances of type 2 diabetes where this is not the case, and these instances are rising due to the increase in child obesity. Usually type 2 diabetes is controlled by making healthy lifestyle choices. Sometimes medication is used in addition to a healthy way of living. Pre-Diabetes is when a individual has higher blood sugar levels than normal, but not yet as high as type 2 diabetes. Pre-diabetes can develop into ty Continue reading >>
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Do Carbs Cause Diabetes And Kill You?
It just keeps coming. Even though science has never vilified a macro-nutrient as the direct cause of diabetes, some less than ethical individuals continue new approaches to get the public to move away from carbs, and toward fat. Why? you ask? Money. If you’re turned off by conspiracy talk, well … after reading this article, you won’t be able to come to a better conclusion than – money. They do call it “The Bottom Line”. We see empirical data that Low-fat diets don’t lead to diabetes, and studies show Low-fat diet’s seeming to reverse diabetes while consumption of carbs are high. But don’t low-CARB diets do the same? How can that be? Well of course if you remove carbs, blood sugar won’t be high. And these Low-carb guru’s hope you don’t learn any more than that. But humans are supposed to have blood sugar, and insulin is there to keep it at a certain level. They’re ignoring Nature We’re supposed to eat carbs. They’re in every natural food on Earth. Even the Inventor of the Glycemic index recommends veganism. Obesity, diabetes, etc, is mostly caused by putting carbs WITH fat in a diet, which nature doesn’t do with any food. Refined carbs are worse. The reason carbs and fat are both maligned AND defended is they’re bad TOGETHER! People with candida and diabetes who started a high-fruit low-fat diet, CURED it. The key is low-fat (according to experts like Neal Barnard, M.D. , and Dr Graham) The reason diabetes happens: Too much fat in the blood blocks insulin receptors from taking glucose out of the blood – leading to prolonged high levels of blood glucose, which prolongs insulin production. Because glucose can’t leave the bloodstream, the pancreas continues to create redundant insulin. Nature shouldn’t be maligned just because humans Continue reading >>
Diabetes: The Facts And Figures
What is diabetes? Diabetes is an inability to control blood sugar levels. Ordinarily, your pancreas creates a hormone called insulin in response to the amount of glucose in your blood: if there is a high level of glucose, your body churns out insulin, which tells your cells to take in the glucose and convert it into energy the cells can use. If you have diabetes, your cells fail to do so, either because you are not making enough insulin or because the insulin isn’t doing its job properly. Type 1 diabetes develops when the insulin-producing cells in the body have been destroyed and the body is unable to produce any insulin at all. In type 2 diabetes, the most common, your organs don’t make enough. How many people have the condition? More than 3 million people suffer from diabetes in Britain, according to the NHS, with that figure expected to rise to 4.6 million by 2030. Ninety per cent of the cases are type 2 diabetes. It is estimated that 850,000 people are living with the condition undiagnosed. Related Articles Cure for Type 1 diabetes imminent after Harvard stem-cell breakthrough 09 Oct 2014 I never thought I was the type who would develop diabetes 11 Jun 2014 One in three adults have borderline diabetes, study finds 10 Jun 2014 Women with diabetes at greater heart risk than men: study 23 May 2014 The NHS is collapsing under the weight of demand 11 Jun 2014 Type 1 diabetes breakthrough is 'significant step forward' 10 Oct 2014 The World Health Organisation estimates that worldwide the figure is 347 million; in 2004, 3.4 million died of complications related to high blood sugar. More than four fifths of those deaths came in poorer countries. How much does it cost the NHS? The NHS says that it spends £10 billion a year dealing with diabetes and its complications - Continue reading >>
Diagnosing Prediabetes: How To Test For Pre Diabetes?
My quest started with first understanding prediabetes mellitus. I wanted to know the answer to what was really happening to my body, what to expect and how to manage it. I wanted to gather all pre diabetes information that is based on sound research, not just conventional wisdom. I wanted to understand why it happened to me and how do I prevent diabetes type 2. How do I stop prediabetes mellitus progression? Is there such as thing as pre diabetes type 2? Or pre diabetes mellitus? Or is it just an intermediate stage for any form of diabetes? How likely I am to get diabetes in the future? How soon? What could be the pre diabetes complications? I had many questions running through my head and so being a research scientist, I started my literature survey to find eveything about pre diabetes. Put simply, if you have pre-diabetes, you are at high risk of developing diabetes type 2, or diabetes mellitus. You also have an increased risk of developing heart diseases. Pre diabetes is a condition in which the blood sugar level is above its normal range, but still not high enough to be classified as diabetes. The normal range of fasting blood sugar level is supposed to be under 100 mg/dl. For diabetes, we are talking a fasting plasma glucose level of about 125 mg/dl. So, if you have fasting blood sugar level is between 100 mg/dl and 125 mg/dl, then you are considered prediabetic. I have listed additional pre diabetes tests later in this article. For a quick summary, here’s the infographic released by CDC in its 2014 report on diabetes and pre diabetes. But there are two specific categories of pre diabetes that you might fall into. If your fasting glucose level is between 100-125 mg/dl, then you have “Impaired Fasting Glucose (IFG)”. If on the other hand, a two-hour oral gluco Continue reading >>
How Does Diabetes Kill You?
One of the ways Diabetes can kill is caused by sugar. The Body basically stops or seriously lacks insulin needed to bring sugar (in form of glucose) around your body, so they can be either used or stored in forms of fat. If they are not used due to Insulin not delivering them around the body, they will travel through (or float through) blood veins and arteries etc. If they meet up with each other they can clog up the blood veins like the same way that fat can. Causing entire limbs to be stopped from being supplied with blood which means no oxygen (from hemoglobin in the blood, which is the main function for the blood veins etc) for the area, which can cause the entire limb to be blue and eventually get necrosis (or quite literally start rotting). Now, it won't be a problem if there is medical surgeries if these are noticeable and easily rerouted. However, it is fast and deadly if these 'blockages' are caused in the brain or anywhere that is not easily reachable by current medical technology and/or unnoticeable, where I presume the pain will be similar to suffocating or heart attack. Continue reading >>
Suicide By Insulin A Risk In People With Diabetes
Insulin typically saves the lives of those with diabetes, but it can also be a way for some people to kill themselves, a new review warns. People with the blood sugar disease tend to suffer higher rates of depression, the researchers explained. And suicide or suicide attempts using insulin or other diabetes medications that lower blood sugar levels may not always be an easy-to-spot attempt at self-harm, they added. "Some suicides with insulin are likely missed in people with diabetes, just as [suicide may be missed] in people without diabetes using other medications or after a car accident. Could a suicide using insulin be missed? Absolutely," said Alicia McAuliffe-Fogarty, vice president of lifestyle management at the American Diabetes Association. Insulin is a natural hormone produced by the body. Its job is to help usher the sugar from foods into the body's cells to provide fuel for those cells. But insulin is also a complex medication. People with type 1 diabetes no longer make enough insulin and must give themselves insulin to stay alive. People with type 2 diabetes don't use insulin efficiently -- this is called insulin resistance -- and eventually don't make enough insulin to keep up with the body's demands. At this point, people with type 2 diabetes also need to take insulin. Insulin can be given by multiple injections every day or via an insulin pump. Insulin pumps deliver insulin through a small tube that's inserted under the skin. The site of the insulin pump must be changed every few days. But once the tube is in, someone who uses an insulin pump only needs to push a few buttons to deliver a dose of insulin. However, getting the right amount of insulin is no easy task. Many factors affect the body's need for insulin. Exercise decreases the need. Foods that a Continue reading >>
How To Prevent Diabetes And Avoid Complications That Can Kill You
Diabetes, and especially type 2 diabetes, is a major global health problem. Therefore, it is extremely important for everyone to learn how to prevent diabetes so you don’t become just another statistic. The good news is, diabetes can be prevented and/or delayed by adopting a healthy lifestyle. If your weight, diet, lifestyle, or other factors put you at risk of diabetes, it’s never too late to start correcting them. The Role Of Diet And Lifestyle In Diabetes What role do diet and lifestyle play in the onset of diabetes? One way to answer that question is by looking to science. For example, several different studies published in PubMed attempted to find out if diet and lifestyle play a role in a person’s risk of developing diabetes. The findings are quite interesting. One study was conducted between 1980 and 1996 on 84,941 female nurses. At the start of the study, these candidates had no serious health issues. Their diet and lifestyle were periodically observed and recorded. By the time the study ended, 3300 of them had type 2 diabetes. The researchers analyzed their Body Mass Index (BMI), their diet, and lifestyle to see if they could identify common risk factors for diabetes. The results clearly showed that obesity was the most important factor putting women at risk. Smoking, a sedentary lifestyle, and poor dietary choices further increased their chances of getting diabetes. Of the diabetic cases, 95% had at least one of these risk factors. The results of another study, which did a similar analysis on 42,504 American male health workers between the ages of 40 and 75, was published in 2002. At the start of the study, none of the men had diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, or cancer. Information about their diet was periodically collected by using questionnaires. Du Continue reading >>
Tatto Removal Before And After
About Us The Tattoo Vanish® Tattoo Removal Method and Product was developed in 2003 by our founder Mary Arnold-Ronish. With more than 30 years of experience as a registered nurse with heavy focus in the field of dermatology she was very knowledgeable dealing with skin health and various treatments. In 1993, she decided to apply her experience in dermatology into the field of permanent cosmetics and founded Professional Permanent Cosmetics, a truly professional permanent makeup practice in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her strict sterilization techniques and high quality work were immediately recognized, making her a respected member of the medical community and highly regarded as a true artist in permanent makeup. Why we are different? We apply a local anesthetic before and during the procedure using the tattoo machine in a similar manner as when the tattoo was received. Once the area has been exposed, we apply the Ink Eraser cream for a few minutes. The area is then wiped clean and bandaged. Below are the before and after pictures showing the phenomenal results of our natural Tattoo Vanish Method®. Note that results may vary depending on factors which include skin type and the ink used Our Testimonials Continue reading >>
Why Diabetes Is So Dangerous
There’s a common saying in the diabetes community that diabetes won’t kill you, but it’s complications will. Still, according to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes was the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2010, with over 69,000 death certificates listing it as the underlying cause of death.  Add to that the common complications, like cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, and infection, and you can multiply that number by 10! Yet despite these eye-opening statistics, I still see far too many people not taking diabetes seriously. They approach it as something that’s a nuisance rather than something that can and does cause major health complications, and yes even death, if uncontrolled. “Sometimes I pretend I’m not diabetic, but that’s a dangerous game.” – Unknown Diabetes is more dangerous than most people assume, and so it becomes easy for many people with diabetes to get lax in their efforts to manage the dysfunction. A 2012 GAPP2 (Global Attitude of Patients and Physicians 2) survey found that 22% of insulin-using diabetic patients missed a basal insulin dose during a 30-day period.  There are very real dangers diabetes poses if left unchecked or mismanaged, and one of my goals today is to motivate you into taking better care of yourself or helping a loved one manage the disease better. Why is diabetes so dangerous? Because if not managed correctly, it can wreak havoc on just about every system and organ in the body. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest risks diabetic complications pose: Diabetic Ketoacidosis Diabetic Ketoacidosis is a very dangerous condition that can occur when patients neglect to take their insulin and have uncontrolled blood sugar. Since insulin is necessary to break down glucose as a sourc Continue reading >>
Diabetes: Too Much Sugar Can Kill You
We all love sweet things. They are irresistible because they taste good and they make us happier. But, remember when our moms told us to stay away from sweets? She’s right not only because they will ruin our teeth but also we can get diabetes if we eat too much of them. Diabetes, or diabetes mellitus, is a disease caused by high blood sugar that creates abnormalities to the metabolism. It’s also due to lack of insulin production by the pancreas or when the cells malfunction and don’t react to the insulin. There are two major kinds of diabetes. They are called Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body failed to produce the right amount of insulin. Type 2 diabetes, on the other hand, happens when the cells rejects the insulin produced by the body which results to insulin deficiency. It is also the most common kind of diabetes. Insulin is the hormone responsible for converting sugar into energy. So if the body lacks insulin, the blood sugar will definitely rise up. There is also a special kind of diabetes that only women can get it. It’s called Gestational diabetes. This kind of diabetes is caused by dramatic increase of blood glucose level during pregnancy. Some common symptoms of diabetes are increased urination frequency, heavy thirst and insatiable hunger. Several other symptoms of diabetes are slow healing of wounds, skin rashes and vision defects. In serious cases, diabetes can lead to nausea, abdominal pain and dehydration. It may even cause someone his perception of himself. It may also lead to complications like heart diseases and blindness. People affected by Type 1 diabetes are ranging from the ages of 12 to 19. On the other hand, Type 2 diabetes usually affects people from the age of 45 or older. However, nowadays due to the world Continue reading >>
Living Longer With Diabetes: Type 1
When you’re diagnosed with diabetes, you may wonder, “Is this going to kill me? How long can I live with this?” These are scary questions. Fortunately, the answers have gotten better. This article is about living longer with Type 1. Next week will be about Type 2. History of life with Type 1 In Type 1, the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas are destroyed. Before insulin was discovered and made injectable, Type 1 diabetes usually killed children within months, or even days. The only treatment known to medicine was going on a low-carb, high-fat and -protein diet. People might live a few years that way. According to the website Defeat Diabetes, “In 1897, the average life expectancy for a 10-year-old child with diabetes was about one year. Diagnosis at age 30 carried a life expectancy of about four years. A newly diagnosed 50-year-old might live eight more years.” (Probably, those 50-year-olds really had Type 2.) In the 1920s, insulin was discovered and became available for use. Life expectancy with Type 1 went up dramatically. But when I started nursing in the 1970s, it was still common for people with Type 1 to die before age 50. With better insulins, home testing, and lower-carbohydrate diets, people live longer. A study from the University of Pittsburgh, published in 2012, found that people with Type 1 diabetes born after 1965 had a life expectancy of 69 years. This compares to a life expectancy at birth of roughly 76 years for men and 81 years for women in the general population in the U.S. A new study of about 25,000 people with Type 1 in Scotland found that men with Type 1 diabetes lose about 11 years of life expectancy, and women about 13 years compared to those without the disease. According to WebMD, “Heart disease accounted for the most lost Continue reading >>
Diabetes And Heart Health
by Paula S. Yutzy, RN, BSPA, CDE Two out of three diabetics will die from a heart attack or stroke, which means cardiovascular disease is more likely to kill you than any other complication of diabetes. I was dismayed to learn that in a recent survey of people with diabetes, many did not even identify cardiovascular disease as a complication of diabetes. Yet your risk, just by having diabetes, is very high. You need to know how to stay on top of this threat to your health. Understanding your test results for what I call the “Three Musketeers” of cardiovascular disease is a must for all diabetics and their caregivers. I encourage you to find a way to be physically active and watch your diet as well. These steps will help you reduce your risks from cardiovascular disease. The Three Musketeers I call these three factors the “Three Musketeers” because where you find one, you often find the others. You need to know them by their descriptions and their numbers. High Blood Sugar You know that you need to pay attention to the amount of glucose in your blood. The A1c test indicates your average blood sugar level over the preceding two or three months. The name comes from the fact that the component of blood to which sugar sticks, and can therefore be measured, is called hemoglobin A1c. High blood sugar is generally regarded as an A1c of over 6.5 percent. The American Diabetes Association states the A1c goal for most diabetics is under 7 percent and under 6 percent, if possible, without significant hypoglycemia. Consult your health care provider for an individual goal. High Blood Pressure High blood pressure causes stress on blood vessels and contributes to damage that also leads to kidney failure and retinopathy. People with diabetes should be treated to achieve a systol Continue reading >>
Can Diabetes Kill You?
Here’s what you need to know about the life-threatening diabetes complication called diabetic ketoacidosis. Diabetic ketoacidosis is one of the most serious complications of diabetes. Symptoms can take you by surprise, coming on in just 24 hours or less. Without diabetic ketoacidosis treatment, you will fall into a coma and die. “Every minute that the person is not treated is [another] minute closer to death,” says Joel Zonszein, MD, professor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Diabetic ketoacidosis occurs when your body doesn’t produce enough insulin. (Diabetic ketoacidosis most often affects people with type 1 diabetes, but there is also type 2 diabetes ketoacidosis.) Without insulin, sugar can’t be stored in your cells to be used as energy and builds up in your blood instead. Your body has to go to a back-up energy system: fat. In the process of breaking down fat for energy, your body releases fatty acids and acids called ketones. Ketones are an alternative form of energy for the body, and just having them in your blood isn’t necessarily harmful. That’s called ketosis, and it can happen when you go on a low-carb diet or even after fasting overnight. “When I put people on a restricted diet, I can get an estimate of how vigorously they’re pursuing it by the presence of ketones in the urine,” says Gerald Bernstein, MD, an endocrinologist and coordinator of the Friedman Diabetes Program at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. RELATED: The Ketogenic Diet Might Be the Next Big Weight Loss Trend, But Should You Try It? But too many ketones are a problem. “In individuals with diabetes who have no or low insulin production, there is an overproduction of ketones, and the kidneys can’t get rid of them fast enough,” sa Continue reading >>
What Does It Mean If I'm At Risk?
Being told you are at risk of Type 2 diabetes can be confusing. The reasons people are at risk can be different and some people are more at risk than others. But, there are things everyone can do to make sure their risk of Type 2 diabetesis as low as possible. Finding out your risk is an important first step. You may have found out your risk of Type 2 diabetes from our online tool, or from a conversation with your GP. Now you know your risk, you can do something about it. If you don’t know your risk yet, find out using our free Know Your Risk online toolnow. If you found out your risk from your GP, find out more about talking to your GP about your risk. If you found out your risk using Know Your Risk, keep reading. Finding out your risk using our online tool What does your risk category mean? Your risk category explains your chances of getting Type 2 diabetes in the next 10 years, and can help you to see if there are changes you can make to reduce your risk. If you found out your risk on our Know Your Risk tool or at one of our events, here is a reminder of what your risk category means. Low or increased risk One in 20 people with low risk will get Type 2 diabetes in the next 10 years. One in 10 people with increased risk will get Type 2 diabetes in the next 10 years. It is important you're aware of your risk level, even if you are currently at low risk of Type 2 diabetes. Some of the risk factors you can do something about, and some you can’t. As you get older, or if your weight or waist size increases, your risk will increase. So even if you’re low or increased risk, make sure you’re maintaining a healthy weight, eating well and being active to keep your risk as low as possible, for as long as possible. Moderate or high risk One in seven people with moderate r Continue reading >>
What You Should Know About Type 1 Diabetes
Please note: This information was current at the time of publication. But medical information is always changing, and some information given here may be out of date. For regularly updated information on a variety of health topics, please visit familydoctor.org, the AAFP patient education website. What is type 1 diabetes? Type 1 diabetes is sometimes called juvenile diabetes, or insulin-dependent diabetes. It means that your body can't make insulin. Insulin helps your body use the sugar it makes from the food you eat. Your body uses this sugar for energy. We need insulin to live. Without insulin, your blood sugar level goes up, you get thirsty and you urinate a lot. What problems can type 1 diabetes cause? People with type 1 diabetes are more likely to get heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, high blood pressure, blindness, nerve damage and gum disease. These things happen two to four times more often in people with diabetes than in people without diabetes. When you have type 1 diabetes, blood may not move as well through your legs and feet. If left untreated, this might lead to amputation of your feet. Untreated type 1 diabetes can cause coma. It can even kill you. The good news is that treatment can help you prevent these problems. How can these problems be prevented? To help prevent these problems, keep your blood sugar under tight control, eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, don't smoke and keep your blood pressure and cholesterol levels low. If you do all of these things, your risk of complications can be cut by more than 75 percent. How do I keep my blood sugar under tight control? Insulin helps people with type 1 diabetes keep the level of sugar in their blood at a normal level. Many people with type 1 diabetes take short-acting insulin before each meal. You Continue reading >>