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Thin Women And Diabetes Risk

Thin Women and Diabetes Risk

Thin Women and Diabetes Risk

E ven if you’re not overweight, you could be at risk for diabetes – and it can be even more dangerous for thin women. Do you face a type 2 diabetes risk? Here’s what lower-weight women need to know about the disease...
Donna Tucker, a real estate broker in Raleigh, N.C., thought she didn’t need to worry about getting diabetes because she maintained a healthy weight.
“I knew diabetes ran on my mother’s side, but I thought I would be OK because I wasn’t heavy [like] my mother and grandmother,” she says.
That’s why she was shocked when diagnosed with type 2 diabetes more than a decade ago, at age 34.
Type 2 diabetes develops when the body doesn’t properly produce or process insulin, a hormone that regulates glucose in the bloodstream. When too much sugar builds up in the blood, it can eventually harm the heart, kidneys, eyes, nerves and other organs.
Being overweight increases type 2 diabetes risk, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). An 18-year-old woman with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 18.5-24.9 – classified as “normal weight” – has a 17% chance of developing diabetes in her lifetime, while a BMI of 25-29.9 (“overweight”) raises the risk to 35%. Being heavier increases it even more.
But for normal-weight women, that smaller risk is still significant. And like Tucker, many of them may feel a false sense of security, says Betul Hatipoglu, MD, an endocrinologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.
“[They] may think they don’t need to have their blood sugar checked for diabetes,” she says.
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Type 2 diabetes increasingly affects the young and slim; here’s what we should do about it

Type 2 diabetes increasingly affects the young and slim; here’s what we should do about it

Type 2 diabetes increasingly affects the young and slim; here’s what we should do about it
August 15, 2016 4.07pm EDT
It is well recognised that increasing rates of type 2 diabetes are mainly driven by obesity and lifestyle factors. But that’s not the whole story. Genetics and epigenetics – changes in gene expression – also play an important role.
We are starting to see an increase in type 2 diabetes in leaner people at a much younger age than usually associated with the disease. This means in addition to focusing on good diet and exercise, we need better awareness of groups most at risk of type 2 diabetes.
These include many ethnic groups, women with a history of gestational diabetes and people with a family history of diabetes. In my clinical practice, I have seen teenagers and even children as young as seven, as well as younger patients of Asian, African and Middle Eastern origin with type 2 diabetes.
Among Indigenous people in Central Australia, rates of diabetes are some of the worst in the world, at around three times that of non-Indigenous people. Studies in some remote communities suggest a prevalence of type 2 diabetes of up to 30%, compared to a rate of around 5% in the non-Indigenous population.
All this indicates lifestyle decisions alone can’t be responsible. We need to stop the blame and shame for a condition that has an association with lifestyle, but for many is a consequence of the toxic mix of genetics and modern life.
More than just lifestyle changes
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Best supplements: Diabetes REVERSED with this £1 a day natural vitamin

Best supplements: Diabetes REVERSED with this £1 a day natural vitamin

Ojamin Herb & Fruit uses 14 natural ingredients, and could reverse fatty liver diseases, which in most cases are the cause for type 2 diabetes, scientists have revealed. The findings could lead to a reversal in type 2 diabetes, the company said.
The supplement, which costs £30 for a one months supply, is available as a bottled tonic, as a sachet, or as a capsule.
Fatty liver diseases are found in more than 75 per cent of diabetics. The condition causes fatty deposits to build up, making the body resistant to insulin.
But, Ojamin showed “promise” in preventing type 2 diabetes from developing in those with liver diseases.
This is a great news for those at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and looking for an all-natural supplement to help in prevention
“We are delighted with the findings, which support the legacy of personal experiences and testimonials offered by Ojamin users over many years,” said Pete Tate, founder of the supplement’s manufacturer.
“This is a great news for those at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and looking for an all-natural supplement to help in prevention.
“We are pursuing further clinical trials and believe this is the world’s first truly effective fully natural medicine for diabetics.”
Ojamin Herb & Fruit supplements helped to restart mitochondrial function in liver disease patients, according to a study by the Innovative Concepts in Drug Development.
The supplement is made up of aloe vera, basil, beleric, bitter melon, cumin, gooseberry, ball, haritaki, fenugreek, java plum, neem, okra, turmeric and watermelon seeds.
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Hyperglycemia and Ketone Testing

Hyperglycemia and Ketone Testing

Background
Hyperglycemia means high blood sugar. For people with type 1 diabetes, hyperglycemia caused by insufficient insulin can lead to diabetic ketoacidosis, a very serious situation that requires emergency medical treatment. Hyperglycemia can also be caused by eating too much food, which requires treatment to lower blood sugar levels but which does not lead to DKA. The only way to determine between the two situations is through ketone testing.
Causes of Hyperglycemia
Eating too much food relative to the amount of insulin injected
Missing an insulin injection
Blockage in insulin pump tubing
Disconnected insulin pump infusion set
Illness or stress
Symptoms of Hyperglycemia
Frequent urination
Frequent thirst
Blurry vision
Dry mouth
Fatigue
Testing for Ketones
There are two ways to test for ketones: urine testing and blood testing. Just as blood glucose testing proved to be superior to urine glucose testing, so too is blood ketone testing proving to be better than urine ketone testing. Ketones appear first in the blood, then in the urine after being filtered by the kidneys. Thus the body has been producing ketones for a while before you can detect them in the urine. Children with Diabetes Highly Recommends blood ketone testing over urine ketone testing.
Since ketones in the blood can be detected well before ketones in the urine, there is the possibility to treat sooner than you would if you waited for urine testing to show a positive result. Blood ketone testing can be easier for parents who have very young children with diabetes who do not always have the ability to urina Continue reading

Meal Planning Tips for People with Type 2 Diabetes

Meal Planning Tips for People with Type 2 Diabetes

Putting It All Together
If you have diabetes, SparkPeople highly recommends that you work directly with a Registered Dietitian or Certified Diabetes Educator to receive comprehensive training in diabetes self-management. Together you can develop a diabetes meal plan based on your health goals, tastes, and lifestyle—as well as the latest guidelines for healthy eating. Below are examples of two different meal planning systems; your registered dietitian can help you decide which is best for you.
1. Carbohydrate Counting is the most accurate meal planning system for controlling blood sugar levels. Essentially, carbohydrate counting is a way to “budget” the amount of carbohydrate eaten at any meal or snack. This method allows you to choose any type of carbohydrate foods, as long as the portion size you choose allows you stay within your goal “budget.” In general, about half of your daily calories should come from carbohydrate foods. However, if you have diabetes, it is important to eat roughly the same amount of carbohydrate at each meal. Commonly recommended “budgets” are 30 to 45 grams (2 to 3 servings) of carbohydrate per meal for women and 45 to 60 grams (3-4 servings) per meal for men. Both women and men should limit snacks to 15 to 30 grams (1 to 2 servings) of carbohydrates. (Click here for a printable reference chart of carbohydrate servings.) Your Registered Dietitian will determine the right amount of carbohydrates for you, along with guidelines for protein and fat intake.
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