The Sri Lankan Creating A Sock To Save Feet From Diabetes

The Sri Lankan creating a sock to save feet from diabetes

The Sri Lankan creating a sock to save feet from diabetes

One thing we Sri Lankans are known for is our ingenuity, so it’s not surprising to say that one of our own has come up with a way to save lives from diabetes. Pasindu Lugoda, a Ph.D. student in the University of Nottingham Trent, is the leading scientist in a groundbreaking new technology. This technology is a sock that can put a stop to foot amputations in diabetic patients. These ‘Smart socks’ will be able to put a complete stop to foot amputations due to diabetes.
Pasindu started his Ph.D. in February of 2014 at the young age of 22, being one of only 7 people to get a full scholarship to the University of Nottingham Trent. With the help of his supervisor Professor Tilak Dais, he was able to grab the attention of many companies looking to fund new scientific developments. Among these companies was San Francisco-based Siren Care, a company looking for someone to help them save lives.
Today, diabetes is one of the biggest and well know diseases in the world, with nearly four million cases in Sri Lanka alone. Foot ulcers are a major complication of diabetes, one of the symptoms of diabetes is that it impedes the normal steps of the wounds’ healing process. These ulcers can lead to the amputation of one’s foot if not detected early. This occurs in 15% of people with diabetes, and 84% of the time it ends up in a foot amputation. Every 20 seconds a foot is amputated because of foot ulcers.
There was a need for a method of early detection for foot ulcers, and Sirencare was desperately searching for a technology that could do just that. Research done before hand shows b Continue reading

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SUPER BERRY – It Grows Everywhere and It Treats Tumor and Diabetes

SUPER BERRY – It Grows Everywhere and It Treats Tumor and Diabetes

Foreign researchers have only now discovered that white mulberry is super herb. The healing properties of these berries are known to our ancestors without any scientific research. White mulberry reduces the risk of diabetes, protects against heart disease, reduces cholesterol and helps in weight loss.
The amount of sugar that dried mulberry contain is half the amount of sugar in other berries, like raisins. According to a survey, mulberry leaf has additives that help normalize blood sugar levels.
It is also used as a folk remedy for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. White mulberry is rich in fiber for diet. 20% of our daily requirements of fiber can be satisfied with a quantity of one third of a cup of mulberry.
Regular use of these berries will reduce cholesterol and improve the digestive system. It is also rich with antioxidants.
According to a research at the University of Texas, white mulberry contains resveratrol, which is a natural phenol. It is useful in the fight against many types of cancer and heart diseases.
Other health benefits of white mulberry:
1. Source of Antioxidants
Antioxidants help lessen the damage caused by free radicals and the entire mulberry plant- leaves, stems, and fruit, contains antioxidants.
2. Immune System Support
Mulberries contain alkaloids that activate macrophages. Macrophages are white blood cells that stimulate the immune system, putting it on high active alert against health threats.
3. Supports Healthy Blood Sugar
More formal research is appropriate, but mulberry is thought to contain compounds that support balanced blood sugar level Continue reading

Skin Conditions Triggered by Diabetes: Symptoms, Treatment, Prevention

Skin Conditions Triggered by Diabetes: Symptoms, Treatment, Prevention

There are some skin problems that occur primarily or only to individuals with diabetes. The names of these conditions make them sound more dire than they are—most are treated without medication.
Allergic reactions to diabetes pills or insulin can also cause skin conditions such as bumps or depressions at insulin injection sites, and rashes. Let your doctor know about any skin issues that develop.
Skin Conditions Associated With Diabetes
Acanthosis Nigricans is a condition that typically affects people who are extremely overweight. It appears as brown or tan raised areas at the sides of the neck, armpits, or groin. Occasionally it forms on the knees, elbows, and hands. Although there are creams that can improve the spots’ appearance, losing weight is the best treatment.
Diabetic Blisters, or bullosis diabeticorum, is a rare condition where blisters erupt on the backs of feet, toes, hands, fingers, and less often on the forearms or legs. The blisters can be large and though they look like burn blisters there is no redness or pain. Healing occurs, without scarring, in roughly three weeks. Diabetic blisters usually affect those with diabetic neuropathy, and the sole treatment is keeping blood glucose levels under control.
Diabetic Dermopathy develops as light brown scaly splotches, either circular or oval. The cause is likely changes in the small blood vessels. People frequently assume dermopathy patches are age spots, and like age spots they are harmless. The condition typically develops on the front of people’s legs, and one leg can be more affected than the other. The Continue reading

How To Avoid Diabetes With TrueTea Iced Tea

How To Avoid Diabetes With TrueTea Iced Tea

Last November 11, 2016, I was glad to be invited to TrueTea's Blogger's Night at One Tagaytay. It is my first time to go far for an event and I am beyond excited. We arrived quite early so we were able to enjoy the scenery and the good food at Amacena (I will post a separate entry for the Amacena Restaurant) in One Tagaytay.
The event was held at the Ballroom Hall of One Tagaytay. I am curious because it is my first time to hear about an Iced Tea that has no sugar added. Non-sugar products are being produced widely around the globe but the importance of using it is not appreciated.
Consuming more sugar than necessary can develop into a Diabetes, a disease that is commonly diagnosed in the Philippines. The disease itself is not fatal but the complications that comes with it are. According to a study, if Filipinos will not be aware of its complications and continues the consumption of high sugar containing food, we will be a part of the Top 10 countries with the most population of people diagnosed with Diabetes anytime soon. Scary but its a fact. We may not be aware but we do practice this everyday.
For example, Every time that there is a celebration or we dine outside, sodas are part of our routine. Even fast food offers sodas as the main choice of drinks over water. I even order iced tea over carbonated drinks because I thought that it is safer than sodas.
To my surprise, Iced Tea contains more sugar content than carbonated drinks! (Here I am thinking that I am taking less sugar with Iced Teas...LOL) T Continue reading

Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and Did Something About It: Adam's Story

Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and Did Something About It: Adam's Story

This article was written exclusively for Information About Diabetes by Adam Caryll. After being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, Adam decided to turn his life around by getting active. Over five months, he lost about 50 pounds, cut his A1C level in half, and lowered his blood pressure to within a normal range. This is his inspiring story.
This summer I went to get an abscess on my leg lanced and found out my blood pressure was in a dangerous range (180/120). After some struggle, (there’s currently a war between a large health care provider in my area and my insurance company) I found a PCP who would still be accepting my insurance in a year. I was prescribed blood pressure medicine and took a blood screening. The results came back with more news: I’m diabetic.
More blood work, something called an A1C. Two days later, I got a phone call: They wanted me to go to the hospital to get my blood sugar under control. Not having a full grasp of the situation, I asked if I could wait a day or two because I had to work and we were already short-handed in our busy season. The response was immediate and emphatic: “NO. There is a room waiting for you at the hospital. Go.”
Dead Man Walking
I’ve learned since then that my A1C index at the time was 11.3. For those of you unfamiliar with the index, it’s a scale of 1-14. Average people without diabetes have glucose levels around 70-80. With an 11.3 index over a three-month period, I was averaging around 279. AVERAGING. Between this and my blood pressure, I was walking around with a loaded gun next to my head and had no idea.
I spen Continue reading

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