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Diabetes And Depression: Can Depression Cause Diabetes? Know The Facts

Diabetes and Depression: Can Depression Cause Diabetes? Know The Facts

Diabetes and Depression: Can Depression Cause Diabetes? Know The Facts

Getting flashbacks of painful memories and fantasies of uncertain future are normal things for every human being; and just normal are the momentary reactions triggered by such thoughts. However, the problem arises when these thoughts arise not momentarily but frequently, or even continuously. It can cause something as bad as depression. Depression can literally sip the juice of life out of a person. Even worst, if the person is diabetic too, depression and diabetes together can cause the person to become a living dead. To find out how, read this over.
What is Depression?
Body seems nervous, brain seems restless and life seems hopeless. These feelings when prevalent continuously for two weeks or more are signs of depression. Depression is a mental condition in which the person feels low in mood and mostly aversion to daily activities.
How Depression is Linked to Diabetes?
Diabetes and depression are in cross-talk with each other. One leads to another. Though how one triggers the other is still a matter of ongoing research but numerous researches do show that there indeed is a link between the two.
Few researches also show that this can be due to interference in the chemical reactions occurring in the brain. One, when a person is depressed, it elevates the level of a chemical called cortisol in the brain. Excessive cortisol can lead to altered blood glucose levels and insulin resistance putting the person at a greater risk of diabetes.
Conversely, when a person has diabetes, the blood glucose levels of the body boost up with lesser or no insulin secretions to absorb that gluc Continue reading

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10 Celebrities with Type 2 Diabetes

10 Celebrities with Type 2 Diabetes

Insulin resistance
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 30 million Americans have diabetes, of which 90–95 percent have type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes usually develops in people over the age of 45, though there has been an increase in recent years of the disease developing in children, teens, and young adults.
Although type 2 diabetes comes with serious health risks, it’s often highly manageable through diet, medications, healthy lifestyle habits, and strong friends and family support systems.
Here is a list of 10 celebrities with type 2 diabetes who continue to live or have lived exciting, healthy, and fulfilling lives.
1. Larry King
American television and radio host Larry King was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1995, eight years after surviving bypass surgery from a heart attack. Since his diagnosis, he’s lost considerable weight, quit smoking, and developed an all-around healthier lifestyle.
“Good food, exercise, and meds,” he told Health Monitor in 2013. “Three rules, and none of them are hard.”
His three rules involve eating what you love, keeping exercise fun, such as dancing, and being an exemplary patient.
“Once you have diabetes, knowledge is a great protector,” he added. “Good information is readily available. Take advantage of that. The more you know, the better off you are.”
2. Halle Berry
Type 2 diabetes can take years to develop before showing any serious symptoms. In 1989, after feeling fatigued, this Academy Award–winning American actress passed out while working on the TV show “Living Dolls Continue reading

Diabetes WONDER DRUG: New pill can 'significantly' improve health of Type 2 sufferers

Diabetes WONDER DRUG: New pill can 'significantly' improve health of Type 2 sufferers

British researchers have shown a simple pill has the power to lower blood sugar and promote weight loss in just three months.
The development is significant as the once a day tablet could potentially end the need for painful daily insulin injections.
And it comes as figures show the diabetes epidemic gripping the UK costs the NHS more than £10 billion a year with a new diagnosis made every two minutes.
Trials showed up to 90 per cent of patients receiving semaglutide lowered their blood glucose levels and experienced “meaningful” weight loss.
Study leader Melanie Davies, Professor of Diabetes Medicine at the University of Leicester, said: “These results demonstrating semaglutide’s ability to have a significant impact on lowering blood glucose and support weight loss when taken orally therefore are hugely promising.
“Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition with potentially devastating complications which is posing a major challenge to health services across the world because of the increasing numbers of people developing it.”
Although there are several treatments for Type 2 currently available many come with an increased risk of developing low blood sugar, a condition known as hypoglycaemia, and weight gain.
The pill could be available in as little as two years.
Type 2 diabetics either do not produce enough insulin, which controls blood sugar levels, or the insulin they produce does not work properly. The condition is largely lifestyle driven with nine in 10 sufferers overweight or obese.
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Diabetes is a common life-long health condition. There Continue reading

Symptoms of Kidney Disease in Diabetes

Symptoms of Kidney Disease in Diabetes

According to the National Kidney Foundation about 10-40 percent of people with Type 2 diabetes will develop kidney failure in their lifetime. Kidney disease, often referred to as nephropathy, is one of the many long-term complications of diabetes. Excess glucose in the blood can damage the delicate, small blood vessels in the kidneys that filter the toxins from our bodies. As a result, the kidneys cannot clean your blood properly and a build up of waste materials, water and salt can remain in your blood.
The kidneys don't just fail all at once; instead the disease is progressive and can take years to develop. The good news is if it is caught early, it can be treated and further damage can be slowed. There are 5 stages of kidney disease, depending on the severity of the disease. For more information about the stages of kidney disease, you can read on here: Stages of Chronic Kidney Disease
Some people do not experience any symptoms of kidney disease and instead, it is picked up on a blood test. If you have diabetes, your doctor should check for signs of kidney disease using a blood and urine sample about once per year. These are routine tests. If, however, you do experience symptoms of kidney disease, the symptoms are caused by either a build up of waste or fluid in the body or anemia.
Symptoms of Kidney Disease in Diabetes
Swelling or puffiness. This is called edema. It most commonly occurs in they legs, ankles and feet, but can also occur around the eyes, abdomen and less often in other parts of the body.
Trouble urinating (either being unable to go, or going more than usua Continue reading

What is diabetic nephropathy?

What is diabetic nephropathy?

Diabetic nephropathy refers to kidney disease that occurs in people with diabetes. The kidneys help regulate the amount of fluids and salts in the body, which helps to control blood pressure and releases different types of hormones.
Nephropathy is the term used when the kidneys start to incur damage, which can ultimately lead to kidney failure. In this article, we look at the link between diabetes and kidney failure.
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What is diabetic nephropathy?
Kidney problems are relatively common in people with diabetes. This is because diabetes affects the arteries in the body and the kidney filters blood from those arteries. It is estimated that around 40 percent of people who have type 2 diabetes develop nephropathy.
People with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes can be affected by nephropathy. Diabetic nephropathy is a significant cause of long-term kidney disease and end-stage renal disease (ESRD), which is when the kidneys no longer work well enough to meet the needs of daily life.
There are five stages of diabetic nephropathy, and ESRD is the last. Diabetic nephropathy is the most frequent cause of ESRD in the United States, with between 40 and 50 percent of all ESRD cases directly related to it. A person with ESRD will require dialysis.
Causes
Diabetic nephropathy is when the kidneys become leaky, allowing albumin (a protein made by the liver) to pass into the urine. The condition worsens as the level of albumin increases.
Diabetic nephropathy develops slowly and is more common in people who have had diabetes for 20 years or more.
Diabetic nephropathy is Continue reading

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