Student, Professor Talk Life With Type One Diabetes

Student, professor talk life with Type One Diabetes

Student, professor talk life with Type One Diabetes

Student, professor talk life with Type One Diabetes
For Amy Trauger, daily injections are just one of the many life-altering impacts Type One Diabetes has on her life, and the lives of around 1.25 million Americans, according to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Type One Diabetes, which is most commonly diagnosed in children, teenagers and young adults, is an autoimmune disease which causes the immune system to attack insulin-producing cells.
Scientists are unsure why T1D occurs, but research shows it is likely a result of the genetic predisposition of a person being triggered by environmental factors.
Trauger, an associate geography professor at the University of Georgia, was diagnosed at the age of four in 1980, a time when life for someone with T1D looked drastically different than it looks today.
In the 1980s, Trauger said an at-home blood glucose meter was a lot less efficient than blood glucose meters today. Although she had an at home meter, she said having one at all was not common for diabetics at the time.
We had a blood glucose meter that we had to plug into the wall and let it warm up, Trauger said. It was really hard to even get a home glucose monitor because people didnt think it was something you would do at home. Most people were just doing urine ketone tests to see if their sugar was too high, which is a little too late to be managing it.
Riley Jenkins, who was also diagnosed as a child at the age of 11, grew up having access to very different technologies than Trauger had when she was diagnosed.
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Pancreatic Cancer Sign: Rapid Deterioration of Diabetes Control

Pancreatic Cancer Sign: Rapid Deterioration of Diabetes Control

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Pancreatic Cancer Sign: Rapid Deterioration of Diabetes Control
At diagnosis and shortly thereafter, if their control deteriorates rapidly it could be a sign of asymptomatic pancreatic cancer.
550,000 diabetes patients participated in a study where they found that patients who received glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists, or incretin mimetics, were at significantly increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
However, the researchers observed that the increased risk diminished rapidly after diagnosis of diabetes. Given that they also found that the risk for pancreatic cancer was markedly increased after starting insulin therapy, they suggested that reverse causation may be in play, with asymptomatic pancreatic cancer initially causing diabetes before progressing to a symptomatic stage.
Medical professionals should be aware that their diabetes patients should be aware that the onset of diabetes or rapidly deteriorating diabetes control could be the first sign of hidden pancreatic cancer, and steps should be taken to investigate it. As of today there is currently no good, noninvasive method for detecting asymptomatic pancreatic cancer.
The researchers added that they hope the results will encourage the search for blood markers indicating the presence of pancreatic cancer. Most patients with pancreatic cancer are not diagnosed at a curable stage.
Dr. Auther added that, this study opens up the possibility of combining the diagnosis of an associated disease, Continue reading

Are Apples Good for Diabetics?

Are Apples Good for Diabetics?

Apples may help mitigate the risk of complications related to diabetes
Apples have all the vital nutrients and antioxidants
Apples and all other fruits are widely known as part of a healthy diet. But for a diabetic, choosing a fruit is not that simple as you may be concerned with its impact on blood sugar levels . Many fruits have natural sugars considered as carbohydrates. If you are counting carbs, be sure to consider how much you are consuming.
Like other fruits, apples also have natural sugar which is transformed into glucose. But eating too much carbohydrate can cause high blood sugar levels. According to American Diabetes Association (ADA), high fiber apples should be added in a diabetic meal plan as long as they work in your target of carbohydrate intake.
The popular saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away is made for a good reason. Apple is rich in vitamin C and fiber. These nutrients are found mostly in the fruits skin. Make sure not to leave that part. Apples are also rich in small amounts of calcium, vitamin A and iron.
Since they are rich in fiber, consistent consumption of apple may lead to promote your digestion system and to keep waste flushing out of the body. Fresh apples are cholesterol -free, fat-free, rich in fiber, and are sodium-free. Apples also have polyphenols and other natural antioxidants. These are found in both meat and skin of the apple. So, you are not going to miss them. These antioxidants are very vital for your body as they can help
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Get Well Wednesday: Diabetes 101

Get Well Wednesday: Diabetes 101

Yes, African-Americans have twice the risk of developing diabetes as white Americans. This is more likely attributed to diet and lifestyle factors. There is a higher rate of obesity in the African-American community and there is a direct link between obesity and diabetes.
Diet and exercise plays a key role in preventing and managing the onset of diabetes. Adopting a healthy lifestyle with daily activity and diets with food lower in fat and calories and higher in fiber as well as fruits, vegetables and whole grains is very important.
Though there is a genetic component to developing diabetes, if a parent has diabetes, it does not necessarily mean a child will have it as well.
Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body does produce insulin but it cannot effectively use it.
Type 1 is an autoimmune disease where the bodys immune system attacks the cells in the pancreas that make insulin, so therefore the body cannot produce the insulin it needs to absorb the glucose (sugar) out of the blood and bring it into the cells where it needs energy. Type 1 usually occurs early on in childhood. The exact cause is not known but it is probably a combination of the genes a person is born with and something in the environment that triggers the genes to become active.
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Regular alcohol drinkers have lower risk of diabetes, according to a huge new study

Regular alcohol drinkers have lower risk of diabetes, according to a huge new study

There's a new checkmark in the 'drinking isn't all bad for you' column.
According to a new study that looked at more than 70,000 Danish people, those who drink small to moderate amounts of alcohol on a frequent basis are less likely to develop diabetes than people who don't drink at all.
To be clear, these results shouldn't be seen as license or encouragement to drink freely as a health-promoting exercise.
But they do provide further evidence that, for some reason, people who drink moderately are less likely to suffer from certain illnesses, including some cardiovascular diseases and type-2 diabetes.
Regular drinking and diabetes
For the new study, researchers wanted to see how much alcohol consumption was associated with the lowest diabetes risk, and determine whether the type of alcohol or the frequency that people drank mattered.
Using data from the Danish Health Examination Survey, they looked at the drinking habits of 28,704 men and 41,847 women, and tracked whether those people developed diabetes within approximately five years. The researchers excluded anyone who already had diabetes, was pregnant at the start of the study, and didn't provide information on their alcohol consumption.
The results showed that the study participants least likely to develop diabetes drank 3-4 days a week. For men, those who drank 14 drinks per week had the lowest risk, as the chart on the left shows below. For women, those who drank nine drinks per week had the lowest risk, as the right-hand chart shows.
As the U-shaped risk curve shows, study participants who didn't drink at all se Continue reading

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