Raising Awareness On World Diabetes Day With NRS Healthcare

Raising Awareness On World Diabetes Day With NRS Healthcare

Raising Awareness On World Diabetes Day With NRS Healthcare

Since the beginning of November, I’ve been actively raising awareness for Type 1 Diabetes across my social media profiles by sharing daily facts and posting my Diabetes-related photo of the day each day, in support of Diabetes Awareness Month. But did you know there are other types of Diabetes, including Type 2 and Gestational Diabetes? Now I’m not going to pretend I know a lot about the other Diabetes types, but NRS Healthcare have created a very helpful, but easy to follow infographic explaining about the 3 particular types, their causes, and the signs and symptoms of Hypo and Hyper-glycemia (low and high blood sugar levels), as well as lots of interesting facts that you may not already know.
A hypo and a hyper-glycemia can prove fatal if left untreated for too long. Those experiencing hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) must treat it quickly with fast acting glucose, usually in the form of lucozade or coca cola, or by eating a few Jelly Babies or glucose tablets. Mini packs of Haribos are my choice treatment. They contain 16g of fast acting carbs, the exact amount required to quickly bring up my sugar levels. They sell them cheaply in Home Bargains if anyone’s wondering. An untreated hypo will quickly lead to unconsciousness, brain damage or death.
Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) occurs when there is too much glucose in the blood. Insulin is needed to bring it back down to normal levels. The symptoms of high blood sugar develop much slower than a hypo, usually over a number of hours. If left untreated, it develops into a more serious life threatening condition called D Continue reading

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Smart Cap ‘Timesulin’ Offers Major Advance in Diabetes Compliance

Smart Cap ‘Timesulin’ Offers Major Advance in Diabetes Compliance

Innovative solution shows insulin-dependent patients how long it’s been since their last injection to help improve quality of life with diabetes
London, February 2013: Timesulin, an innovative replacement cap for insulin pens from Patients Pending Ltd., seamlessly transforms all major insulin pens into a smart pen to show how long it’s been since the last insulin injection, helping users avoid accidental double or missed insulin doses. This innovative solution represents a major step forward for people using insulin to treat their diabetes - of whom up to a third inadvertently skip doses or otherwise fail to take their diabetes medication as prescribed. Timesulin offers the first real improvement for traditional insulin pens since their release more than 25 years ago.
With the International Diabetes Federation now estimating the global number of people living with diabetes at 366 million - twice as many as 30 years ago - the market for innovation in diabetes management is wide open, and not many manage to succeed in this competitive field.
This is why Timesulin has already generated excitement amongst established names in the diabetes field in Europe, including Dr Åke Sjöholm, Chief of the Diabetes Research Unit at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. "Due to the habitual nature of insulin administration patients often forget whether or not they had injected their insulin dose," Dr Sjöholm notes. "We regard this as a major challenge in managing diabetes and welcome the timely arrival of an innovative solution like Timesulin."
The smart cap, which seamlessly Continue reading

American Toddler Youngest To Have Type 2 Diabetes

American Toddler Youngest To Have Type 2 Diabetes

A three-year-old American girl has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes -- a condition linked to obesity -- making her one of the youngest people ever detected with the disease.
Type 2 diabetes used to be known as "adult-onset" because it is most common among the middle-aged and elderly, but in the last two decades increasing numbers of children have succumbed, due to poor diets and lack of exercise.
Details of the case are being presented on Thursday at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Stockholm by Michael Yafi, director of pediatric endocrinology at the University of Texas, Houston.
Since there is no global registry, it is not possible to say definitively that the girl is youngest patient ever but Yafi said his own research had not revealed any other cases in this age group.
"I'm sure there probably are others but they are either undiagnosed or not reported yet," he told Reuters.
Diabetes is a growing problem worldwide with the number of diabetics estimated to be 387 million in 2014 and forecast to soar to 592 million by 2035, according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).
"This is a global problem," Yafi said. "Type 2 diabetes is no longer limited to adults. Now when I see any obese child I screen the patient for type 2 diabetes."
For the Hispanic toddler who presented at his Houston clinic, the main symptoms were excessive urination and thirst, although her past medical history was unremarkable. However, both her weight of 35 kilos (77 pounds) and her body mass index were in the top 5 percent of all children h Continue reading

Need A Personal Diabetes Dietitian? There’s A New App For That

Need A Personal Diabetes Dietitian? There’s A New App For That

Manually counting carbs should be a thing of the past. With technology making calculations a breeze, there are easier ways to track food intake than pen and paper.
Though many already-available apps can digitally track food intake, the problem lies in having to eyeball portion sizes. Are you having a single serving or more? How much more should you eat? Is this enough for today? These are typical questions that arise, especially when eating on the go.
A Smart Scale
The missing health link has been to seamlessly track carbs consumed when dining out—which is exactly what inspired the creation of Slate Scale. It is the first portable smart scale for nutrition that tracks carbs, protein, fat, calories, and more. It taps into a vast nutritional database of products so you can get accurate information based on your food’s weight.
The Scale wirelessly connects to smartphones via an app. Simply weigh your food, key in a description using the food database, and Slate accurately tracks your nutritional profile with a single tap. The app’s built in behavior recognition learns your meal patterns over time, eventually prompting you on your favorite items, and gradually eliminating manual entries.
Slate also provides recipe suggestions based on your day’s intake. So, if you are counting calories and have 310 left at the day’s end, it will suggest some great recipes to help you eat well and stay on track.
Tech Specs
With a simple and portable design, the Slate Scale weighs items up to 2.2lbs (1kg) and has a battery life of about one month on a single charge. It works with both i Continue reading

Why Is Green Tea So Beneficial To People With Diabetes?

Why Is Green Tea So Beneficial To People With Diabetes?

Several studies indicate that green tea is beneficial for helping patients with obesity, cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes.
In a research review published in 2013 in the Diabetes and Metabolism Journal, a study conducted in Japan shows a 33 percent reduction in the risk of type 2 diabetes in participants with a daily intake of six or more cups of green tea daily, compared to those consuming less than cup weekly.
A Taiwanese researcher found that people who drank green tea regularly for a period longer than a decade had low body fat composition and smaller waists compared to irregular green tea consumers.
There are many studies that support the vast cases of positive results as illustrated through several mechanisms that researchers suggest could explain the positive effects of green tea on obesity and glucose metabolism. As Dr. Joseph Mercola explains, after consumption of green tea, the most abundant form of catechin found in green tea, known as Epigallocatechin gallate, increases fat oxidation and energy expenditure by inhibiting adipocyte differentiation and proliferation in 3T3-L1 cells.
Green tea has positive effects on people with diabetes due to its high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols that help reduce oxidative stress, reduce cholesterol level, reduce blood pressure and lead to vasodilation. Polyphenol also contributes to the regulation of glucose in the body, helping control diabetes.
Green tea has beneficial results in the prevention of type 2 diabetes. In a prediabetes study discussed by Nutrientology that was conducted on 56 obese people wi Continue reading

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