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Common Health Risks And Associated Symptoms Of Diabetes

Common Health Risks and Associated Symptoms of Diabetes

Common Health Risks and Associated Symptoms of Diabetes


Common Health Risks and Associated Symptoms of Diabetes
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Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder that affects blood glucose control, and has become a growing problem across the world. From 1980 to 2014, the prevalence of diabetes grew from 4.7% to 8.5% worldwide, with the number of individuals affected by this disease increasing from 108 million to 422 million, respectively.1
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It is estimated that the number of people worldwide with diabetes will increase to 642 million by 2040, according to the IDF diabetes atlas, indicating a serious healthcare crisis for both providers and patients in the future.2
In line with this, healthcare costs are also projected to greatly expand, in the same way that it has in recent years. In just a period of 5 years, from 2007 to 2012, the overall healthcare spending associated with diabetes increased by 41%, from $174 billion to $245 billion.3
Diabetes prevalence is mostly seen in developing countries, reflecting a high proportion of the economic burden of this disease. Particularly in Asian countries, there is a high prevalence of diabetes cases and these are likely to grow further.4
In fact, Asian countries have the highest prevalence rates, representing 60% of the global population of people with diabetes, largely due to factors associated with rapid development. The three most common factors related to this increase are industrialization, socio-economic growth and urbanization. 4
In India, diabetes cases are increasing in epidemic proportions, Continue reading

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Massage, Diabetes Type 1 , &Hypoglycemia

Massage, Diabetes Type 1 , &Hypoglycemia


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PART 1 OF 2: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a group of diseases characterized by chronic elevated blood glucose levels. It is caused by insufficient amounts of insulin, resistance to insulin by the cells, or both. Several types of DM have been identified such as type 1 & type 2. Gestational diabetes discussed HERE .
In type 1 DM, pancreatic beta cells are damaged or destroyed, creating a lack of insulin. Without insulin, glucose cannot enter cells. Hence the individual develops a dependence on insulin. Another term used to describe type 1 DM is insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM). Type 1 accounts for approximately 5-10% of all diabetes cases (1) & affects approximately 1.25 million people in the United States (2).
Glucose is the bodys main source of fuel & energy. Glucose can only enter cells with the help of the hormone, insulin. Insulin is produced by beta cells located in the pancreas. When glucose enters body cells, blood glucose levels are lowered. Without insulin, glucose does not enter the
cells & blood glucose levels remain high called hyperglycemia.
Signs and symptoms of DM are excessive urination, excessive thirst, & excessive hunger. Others include fatigue, blurred vision, unexplained weight loss, & increased frequency of infections. Persistent hyperglycemia damages cells & leads to complications such as vision problems or diabetic retinopathy, reduced sensations or diabetic neuropathy, & kidney, cardiovascular, & neurologic diseases.
Treatment consists of a lifelong commitment of monitoring blood Continue reading

If you have cancer or diabetes, President Trump's 'across-state-lines' healthcare proposal might concern you

If you have cancer or diabetes, President Trump's 'across-state-lines' healthcare proposal might concern you


If you have cancer or diabetes, President Trump's 'across-state-lines' healthcare proposal might concern you
Prior to Obamacare, states told health insurance companies what they absolutely had to cover. President Donald Trump wants a new system that encourages selling policies across state lines, but healthcare advocates say it will cause problems. (Gerry Broome, Associated Press)
WASHINGTON -- Before Obamacare, what your health insurance covered depended on where you lived.
"For the most part, what state you lived in determined how easily you could purchase a health plan, the price you would pay, and what the plan would cover," says a new study from Georgetown University's Heath Policy Institute.
But by requiring certain essential benefits and by capping annual and lifetime out-of-pocket payments, Obamacare made the state differences much less relevant, whatever disease you were dealing with.
In post-ACA world, what kind of protections will ppl w/ pre-existing conditions get? Depends on where they live. https://t.co/RjXyHB65IB
-- Sabrina Corlette (@SabrinaCorlette) January 25, 2017
This is just one of many studies to point this out. For example, nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes. Before the Affordable Care Act, Ohio, which has 675,000 diabetes patients, was one of four states that didn't specifically require insurers to cover diabetes, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Ohio cancer patients fared better -- although prior to Obamacare, it depended on the kind of cancer, according to a different state-by-state comparison by the stat Continue reading

Navigating Wellness Trends with Type 1 Diabetes

Navigating Wellness Trends with Type 1 Diabetes


Navigating Wellness Trends with Type 1 Diabetes
Paleo . Bulletproof. Soulcycle. Infrared Sauna. Crossfit. Meditation. Turmeric. Ketogenic. Breathwork. Floating pools. Kombucha. Salt Caves. Moondust. Hemp Oil. Cryotherapy. Adaptogens. These are just some of the popular wellness buzzwords, and if your head isnt already spinning, try adding in Type 1 diabetes , and it surely will.
As an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist and wellness guide, I am so excited by the growing interest in wellness, prevention, and the commitment that so many people are making to take their health into their own hands but as a T1D for almost 30 years, I also know how overwhelming all this health talk can feel when also considering safety.
Here are some tricks I use to navigate this world:
If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Cultivating a truly well body takes time and effort, much like tending to a garden. Quick fixes rarely work, so be cautious of Internet hype, especially when a product is being sold (this should always raise a red flag) or when theres vague mention of a study. Just because a study exists doesnt make it good. For studies to hold any weight, they need to be well-designed, peer-reviewed, and published in a reputable journal.
This one sounds so simple, but its a huge missing piece for a lot of people. Your BFF might LOVE hot yoga, but if you feel woozy and nauseous after it, it might not be right for you. If you start a new diet, track how you feel, how your digestion and sleep change, and how your mood changes. Most importantly, track your BGs ! This migh Continue reading

Top Reasons Why Do We Need Natural Health Supplements March 19, 2017

Top Reasons Why Do We Need Natural Health Supplements March 19, 2017

People often ask if we really need to take nutritional supplements. The short answer is “Yes!” Due to hectic lifestyles, it’s difficult to consume every nutrient your body needs, every day. Even the most health conscious person is set-up to fail because of factors beyond our control. We recommend supplementing your daily diet with health supplements. Here are the reasons:
1. It Works with the body
Many people have come to the realization that many herbal remedy users have know for ages. Using natural health supplements finds a way to tap the natural body rhythms that make every part of the body work together. The body is a combination of individual parts that need to work as a whole. Treating an individual part cannot work completely if the whole body system is not considered. This is one of the many reasons that herbal solutions are favored over manufactured ones.
2. Weak digestion and poor eating habits impair the absorption of nutrients.
Almost everyone’s digestion is very weak today. This is due to eating poor quality food, and having to digest and handle so many refined foods and chemicals in the foods. It is also due to low vitality, low digestive enzyme secretion, and imbalanced intestinal flora and intestinal infections like yeast that are extremely common. As a result, most people do not absorb nutrients well at all. This further impairs nutrient levels in the body, and increases nutritional needs.
3. Stressful and hurried lifestyles.
These may include calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, manganese and many others. Zinc begins to be eliminated from the body Continue reading

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