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Diabetes Mellitus: Part III – Monitoring & Insulin Handling

Diabetes Mellitus: Part III – Monitoring & Insulin Handling

Diabetes Mellitus: Part III – Monitoring & Insulin Handling

This week I present the third and final installment in our discussion about diabetes mellitus (DM). Previously we reviewed this disease as it relates to both dogs and cats. Now we will chat about proper handling of insulin and taking care of your diabetic pet at home.
Diabetes Mellitus Issue #1: Proper insulin handling
All insulins must be kept in the refrigerator, and should never be frozen or heated. As you learned in the first two posts of this three-part series, dogs and cats can be treated with any number of insulins. Some are of animal origin and some are from humans. Your pet’s primary care veterinarian and/or a board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist with help you pick the best insulin for your pet. All insulins have expiration dates, but many of those dates were established specifically for humans and don’t necessarily apply to dogs and cats. Your pet’s medical team should advise you how often you should replace your fur baby’s insulin bottle. Additionally you should obtain a new bottle of insulin if it changes appearance.
Diabetes Mellitus Issue #2: Insulin administration points
All diabetic pet parents should spend a meaningful amount of time with their pet’s veterinarian to learn about diabetes mellitus, particularly how to properly administer insulin to diabetic pets. As a board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist, I work with diabetic pet parents essentially on a daily basis. In addition to spending time with me learning about this disease, new diabetic pet parents often spend 60-90 minutes with my licensed veterinary te Continue reading

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Top 10 Home Remedies to Control Diabetes

Top 10 Home Remedies to Control Diabetes

Introduction
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder which presents with increased blood sugar in the body. This may be due to either inadequate production of the insulin by pancreas or inability of body cells to make use of insulin or sometimes both the reasons may contribute to have condition called diabetes. Based on these, diabetes has been divided in to following types-
Type- 1 Diabetes:
Condition where body does not produce insulin at all. Also called as insulin dependent or juvenile diabetes. It takes place at early stages of life.
Type- 11 Diabetes:
It is the condition where human body doesn’t produce enough insulin for proper functioning of body tissues. It is a kind of progressive disease which has got many complications if care is not taken.
Gestational diabetes:
This is diagnosed during pregnancy only with some of women as their body has increased blood sugar and body tissues are not able to utilize it properly.
Diabetes is a type of health problem from which everyone is aware and it is very common among people. Our diet and life style has changed so much in this modern time so that diseases like diabetes, hypertension etc. are non-avoidable.
If care is not taken and it is not in control may damage nerves, blood vessels, other internal organs. Major complications of diabetes include – Nephropathy (damage to kidneys), Neuropathy (damage to nervous system), Retinopathy (eye damage) and Myopathy (damage to muscles). Person may get silent heart attack, heart problems, pregnancy problems, depression, stress, dental caries and so many.
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Cinnamon Diabetes Benefits: How It Can Affect Blood Sugar Level?

Cinnamon Diabetes Benefits: How It Can Affect Blood Sugar Level?

Diabetes is a fast spreading disease and has become a sort of an epidemic across the world. It is very important to understand the meaning and causes of the same.
Diabetes is a disease which is caused either due to the lack of proper production of insulin by the pancreas or due to the improper use of insulin in the human body that affects the blood sugar level or the glucose level in the body.
Hence, in the treatment of diabetes, it is extremely important that there is a regulated control on the blood glucose or sugar level. What makes diabetes worse is the fact that when a person is suffering from this condition, he or she is prone to developing other complications as well, which include heart and kidney-related diseases, diabetic eye, amputations, nerve damage, skin problems, etc.
Experts are always looking for something natural which can treat this extremely complicated disease. One such treatment of diabetes is the use of the readily available spice, cinnamon. The spice is highly beneficial in effectively dealing with diabetes and the other related complications.
Cinnamon and Diabetes
Cinnamon, the spice that has long been used in our kitchen, has been associated with the treatment of diabetes, particularly that of diabetes mellitus. As per a few research, the spice is known to improve the blood sugar levels as well as improve insulin sensitivity.
It is a spice derived from the barks of the cinnamon tree, and it found in areas covering South America, the Caribbean, and also Southeast Asia.
In the following paragraphs, we get into the details and find out more about cinn Continue reading

‘Hidden History’: Legacy of Diabetes Care at City of Hope

‘Hidden History’: Legacy of Diabetes Care at City of Hope

City of Hope’s Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute is committed to developing a cure for type 1 diabetes within six years, fueled by a $50 million funding program led by the Wanek family.
But it's natural to wonder: Why would a cancer center be the recipient of such a transformative gift? Believe it or not, City of Hope — widely known as a center for cancer care and research — is the home of one of the most influential diabetes research programs in the world.
“There is a hidden history of diabetes at City of Hope that needs to be told,” said Fouad Kandeel, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the departments of Translational Research and Cellular Therapeutics, and Clinical Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism, director of the Islet Cell Transplant Program and associate director of the Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute at City of Hope. “We’re a powerhouse that is not as well-known as we should be.”
According to Arthur Riggs, Ph.D., the Samuel Rahbar Chair in Diabetes & Drug Discovery, director of the Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute at City of Hope and director emeritus of Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope, the organization has been a major player in diabetes research since it first established a Division of Diabetes in the early 1970s.
He should know — back in 1978, Riggs, along with Keiichi Itakura, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, conducted research that led to the development of synthetic human insulin.
“We’ve made tremendous advances in the field of diabetes research, starting with the work of Rach Continue reading

A vegan diet could prevent, treat and even reverse type 2 diabetes, say leading experts this Diabetes Week (12-18 June).

A vegan diet could prevent, treat and even reverse type 2 diabetes, say leading experts this Diabetes Week (12-18 June).

Diet and lifestyle have long been regarded as the main causes of type 2 diabetes. Now research suggests that vegans reduce their risk of diabetes by 78% compared with people who eat meat on a daily basis.
“Type 2 diabetes is almost always preventable, often treatable, and sometimes reversible through diet and lifestyle changes,” wrote Dr Michael Greger, internationally-renowned physician, in his best-selling book How Not To Die.
“People who eat a plant-based diet have just a small fraction of the rates of diabetes seen in those who regularly eat meat. By switching to a healthy diet, you can start improving your health within a matter of hours.”
This is partly because vegans are better able to control their weight. Carrying excess body fat is the number one risk factor of type 2 diabetes, with around 90% of those who develop the disease being overweight. Vegans, however, have lower levels of obesity on average than any other dietary group.
It is also because, Dr Greger explains, the saturated fats found in animal products contribute to insulin resistance – the cause of type 2 diabetes – whereas monosaturated fats found in nuts and avocados may actually protect against the detrimental effects of saturated fats.
As a result, people eating plant-based diets appear to have better insulin sensitivity, better blood sugar levels and better levels of insulin, which enables blood sugar to enter your cells.
Type 2 diabetes is spreading fast. Over 21 million people have been diagnosed with the disease in the United States, a number that has roughly tripled since 1990, with Continue reading

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