All Over-40s Should Have A Diabetes Check, With Millions Put On Diet, Says Health Watchdog

All over-40s should have a diabetes check, with millions put on diet, says health watchdog

All over-40s should have a diabetes check, with millions put on diet, says health watchdog

Every single person aged 40 and over should be offered an NHS diabetes check, with millions ordered to go on strict diets by GPs, under new plans.
New recommendations from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice) say “intensive lifestyle change programmes” will be routinely offered to those whose weight or habits is jeopardising their health.
Almost five million people identified as at risk of diabetes should be offered slimming classes, fitness sessions and lifestyle coaching, with places prioritised for 1.7 million people whose blood sugar levels puts them in greatest danger.
To find them, every person aged 40 and over should be offered an assessment of their health and family history, along with millions more patients as young as 25 whose ethnic group heightens their risk.
Nice said the NHS checks should be carried out in workplaces, shops, and libraries, as well as in thousands of GP surgeries, pharmacies and opticians. And it said the public should be encouraged to take their own assessments, using an online tool.
Health officials said around five million people without diabetes are currently in danger of developing it, because their blood sugar levels have crept up to at least 5.5 mmol/l.
Following tests, around 1.7 million people at greatest risk - meaning a reading of at least 6.5 mmol/l - will first be offered a place on intensive lifestyle change programmes, Nice said.
Officials said ultimately, it would be cost-effective for the NHS to find places for up to five million patients .
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New Diabetes Research from Gallup and Sharecare

New Diabetes Research from Gallup and Sharecare

According to the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index™, the national prevalence of diabetes climbed to a new high of 11.6% in 2016, up from 10.6% in 2008. If the diabetes rate had held steady at its 2008 level, 2.5 million fewer U.S. adults would have the disease today.
Key findings in the new Gallup-Sharecare State of Well-Being: The Face of Diabetes in the United States report reveals that some groups including seniors, those with low income, and middle-aged blacks and Hispanics are approaching or even exceeding a 20% diabetes rates.
Additional insights include:
Diabetes rates rise alarmingly with age; seniors (age 65 and up) have a 23.6% prevalence of diabetes.
Among regions in the U.S., the South has the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.8%); the West has the lowest prevalence (10.3%).
Among the four major race and ethnic groups in the U.S., the diabetes rate is highest among blacks (14.7%) and lowest among Asians (5.7%).
Income and education levels have an inverse relationship with diabetes — prevalence falls as education and income levels rise.
Among occupations, transportation workers have the highest self-reported diabetes rate, while physicians have the lowest rate.
To learn more, click the download button and click on The Face of Diabetes in the United States. Continue reading

Acupuncture for Diabetes

Acupuncture for Diabetes

More than 3,000 years ago, ancient practitioners of Chinese medicine pioneered what we now call acupuncture treatment. In acupuncture, practitioners stimulate specific activation points on your body to treat different medical conditions. This is most commonly done by inserting tiny, sterile needles into those points. Modern acupuncture is becoming more and more popular to treat a variety of health conditions. The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as effective in treating more than 100 conditions. These conditions include chronic pain, migraine headaches, and even diabetes.
There’s still a lot we don’t know about how effective acupuncture is for treating diabetes symptoms. But some of the newest research seems to confirm that it’s at least safe and somewhat effective. One laboratory study indicated that acupuncture could help regulate your pancreas function and insulin levels. And clinical trials imply that the anti-obesity effect of acupuncture could work with traditional diabetes treatment to reduce the impact of some diabetes symptoms.
The acupuncture techniques recommended to treat type 1 and 2 diabetes vary dramatically, just as the treatments of Western medicine differ. These are two different diseases within the diabetes spectrum. Methods are prescribed according to which diabetes symptoms you wish to treat. There are acupuncture techniques to help with weight loss, metabolism, organ function, and nerve pain. One of the more vigorously studied acupuncture techniques that addresses diabetic neuropathy is the wrist-ankle treatment. The treatment inv Continue reading

Diabetes Rates Rise Among US Youth, Especially Minorities

Diabetes Rates Rise Among US Youth, Especially Minorities

The gap in disease incidence among ethnic groups demands a policy response, say experts who weighed in on the SEARCH data.
Results from the first decade a major study by the CDC and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) show diabetes incidence is rising rapidly among US youth, but especially among racial and ethnic minorities.
The findings from the Search for Diabetes in Youth Study (SEARCH), which began in 2000 and will continue until at least 2020,1 were published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in mid-April,2 and were consistent with a claims study reported by FAIR Health earlier this year.
The study is the first to analyze trends in new cases of both type 1 diabetes (T1D) and type 2 diabetes (T2D) among US youth younger than age 20 across 5 ethnic groups: non-Hispanic whites, non-Hispanic blacks, Hispanics, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans.
While the findings were not quite a surprise, the gap in disease incidence among ethnic groups, and the trends in the Hispanic population in particular, demand policy responses and increased levels of research, according to several experts who contacted Evidence-Based Diabetes Management™ (EBDM™).
The current findings report data from 2002-2003 to 2011-2012, and found the unadjusted incidence of T1D cases rose significantly by about 1.4% per year, but rates varied by demographic characteristics. For instance, new cases increased much more among boys than girls. After adjusting for age, sex, and race or ethnic group, the researchers found a 1.8% relative annual increase in T1D incidence. They Continue reading

Controlled Diet for Dog Diabetes

Controlled Diet for Dog Diabetes

Dog diabetes usually surfaces between ages 7 and 9 and one out of every 10 dogs will suffer from diabetes. It is known that female dogs are more susceptible to diabetes than males because of changes in their hormones. The most common type of diabetes in dogs is diabetes Mellitus.
Insulin is produced in the pancreas and helps to control the level of glucose in the blood. When your dog has diabetes, there is not enough natural insulin produced to slow the glucose production to the bloodstream.
If the level of glucose in the blood gets too high (hyperglycemia), it can reach the kidneys and cause frequent urination. Because your dog is urinating so much, he is likely drinking a lot. It is an annoying cycle that needs to be caught right away.
There is no cure for dog diabetes but it can be managed. If diabetes is left untreated it can lead to serious illness and even death.
Symptoms of diabetes in dogs need to be caught early on to help prevent serious side effects and provide relief for your dog. Remember that your dog cannot tell you what is wrong with him. It is up to you to watch out for abnormal behavior in your dog. Diabetes is very common in dogs, and if it is not treated properly it can lead to coma, paralysis and even death.
There are three different forms of dog diabetes: diabetes Mellitus, diabetes Insipidus and Gestational Diabetes. The most common of the three is diabetes Mellitus, often referred to as the sugar diabetes.
All three forms of diabetes display similar symptoms — with the most common symptoms listed below.
Urinating Noticeably More than Usual
If your Continue reading

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