6 Myths You've Heard About Diabetes

6 Myths You've Heard About Diabetes

6 Myths You've Heard About Diabetes

More than 30 million people are living with diabetes, a chronic disease where there is a high level of sugar in the blood.
Of those millions, nearly 28 percent do not know they even have this disease and are not caring for themselves properly. More than 7 million of people who have diabetes are undiagnosed, according to the 2017 National Diabetes Statistics Report .
Even though a chunk of the population deals with diabetes every single day, the general population knows little to no factual information about it. Did you know there is actually two types of diabetes?
Yes, there are! Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease and only 5 percent of people with diabetes are diagnosed with type 1 .
Both forms of diabetes are defined by a high level of sugar in the blood, but there are some differences especially when it comes to insulin , a hormone produced in the pancreas that regulates the amount of glucose in the blood.
People with type 1 diabetes produce little or no insulin. This type is most often diagnosed in children and young adults, but it can occur at any age. Doctors do not know the exact cause of type 1 diabetes, but it can be an autoimmune disease that is genetic.
When someone has type 2 diabetes , their fat, liver and muscle cells dont respond to insulin correctly. This prevents blood sugar from being stored for energy. Although genes and family history play a part in type 2 diabetes, this type of diabetes usually develops later in life from poor lifestyle choices.
In honor of American Diabetes Month, were debunking some common misconceptions o Continue reading

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Traveling with Pets - Dr. Joi's Tips | ADW Diabetes

Traveling with Pets - Dr. Joi's Tips | ADW Diabetes

Posted by Dr . Joi Sutton | May 18, 2017 | Pet Care , Pet Newsletter | 0 |
Friends from Oregon are coming to visit me in south Florida soon. Im thrilled to say they bringing their dog on vacation with them. I love this dog! This pooch will have such fun on our warm sunny beaches. Nonetheless, there are added considerations when traveling with pets. Even bringing non-diabetic pets on a plane or driving long distances can add stress to the journey. Below, I will offer up a few tips that may help with traveling with pets.
Time of year may have restrictions on airline travel. This is a good thing! We dont want your pet in the belly of a plane when it is freezing cold or miserably hot out. Small pets can fit under the seat, which is my strong preference. I feel most comfortable when the pet never leaves your sight when flying. Of course, if the pet flies under the seat you must learn of the carrier size requirements and be sure that your carrier does fit under the seat. Collapsible carriers are the best. And if you need to travel between gates, you might want wheels for the carrier. Clearly a direct flight is your best option, even if that means driving a bit further to a bigger airport in a different city. Imagine missing a flight and having to find a hotel that allows pets on short notice. Ive had to spend the night at an airport more than once due to a missed connection. That could be rough on a pet! Keep diabetic supplies in your carry-on luggage rather than in your main suitcase. Id even suggest driving if possible.
Sedation may or may not be necessary. You know your p Continue reading

NIHR Signal Heel casts do not improve heel ulcers in diabetes

NIHR Signal Heel casts do not improve heel ulcers in diabetes

Fibreglass casts moulded to the heel did not improve heel ulcers in people with diabetes when added to usual ulcer care. Ulcers healed within six months in 44% of people using casts compared with 37% without which was not a statistically significant difference.
Foot ulcers are a common complication of diabetes, and heel ulcers are particularly difficult to treat. Based on the success of casts for treating ulcers elsewhere on the foot this trial was designed to test the effect and cost-effectiveness of using a similar approach for heel ulcers.
This NIHR-funded trial indicates that specially-moulded heel casts do not improve healing rates or pain, and were not a good use of NHS resources compared with usual care.
Uncertainty remains over the optimal approach for managing heel ulcers in people with diabetes. Continue reading

Mobile App-Based Interventions to Support Diabetes Self-Management: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials to Identify Functions Associated with Glycemic Efficacy

Mobile App-Based Interventions to Support Diabetes Self-Management: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials to Identify Functions Associated with Glycemic Efficacy

Mobile App-Based Interventions to Support Diabetes Self-Management: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials to Identify Functions Associated with Glycemic Efficacy
Reviewed by Stephen Agboola, Pin Wang, and Adam Powell
1 Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
2 Department of Academic Affairs, West China School of Medicine, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
3 Diabetes Unit, Madonna del Soccorso Hospital, San Benedetto del Tronto (AP), Italy
4 Center for Outcomes Research and Clinical Epidemiology, Pescara, Italy,
5 Chinese Evidence-Based Medicine Center, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
Sheyu Li, Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, 37# Guoxue Road, Wuhou District, Chengdu, 610041, China, Phone: 86 13194874843, Fax: 86 2885422982, Email: [email protected] .
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Received 2016 Aug 22; Revisions requested 2016 Sep 11; Revised 2016 Oct 20; Accepted 2017 Feb 25.
Copyright Yuan Wu, Xun Yao, Giacomo Vespasiani, Antonio Nicolucci, Yajie Dong, Joey Kwong, Ling Li, Xin Sun, Haoming Tian, Sheyu Li. Originally published in JMIR Mhealth and Uhealth (http://mhealth.jmir.org), 14.03.2017.
This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ ), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided t Continue reading

Should Diabetes Be Covered by Health Insurance?

Should Diabetes Be Covered by Health Insurance?

Should Diabetes Be Covered by Health Insurance?
Blaming patients for diabetes took a dangerous turn last week. Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), said that diabetes should not be covered by health insurance.
Responding to a question about insurance, he stated That doesnt mean that we should take care of the person who sits at home, eats poorly and gets diabetes. Is that the same thing as Jimmy Kimmels kid [who was born with a pre-existing heart condition]? I dont think that it is.
The Democratic news website ShareBlue commented, Under Mulvaneys standard , an examination of [people with diabetes] eating habits and how their disease was triggered would have to be undertaken before it could be determined whether they are deserving of health insurance or not. In the meantime, people will suffer and possibly die from their illness.
Mulvaneys views may or may not wind up being incorporated in the new health-care plan just passed by the House of Representatives, but the ignorance didnt start with Trumpcare. Blaming people with Type 2 diabetes for their illness has long been mainstream opinion, which often spills over onto people with Type 1.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) issued a strong statement that they were disappointed and saddened by Mulvaneys words.
Mr. Mulvaneys comments perpetuate the stigma that one chooses to have diabetes based on his/her lifestyle, ADA wrote. All of the scientific evidence indicates that diabetes develops from a diverse set of risk factors, genetics being a primary cause Nobody should be denied cove Continue reading

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