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When Diabetes Symptoms Mask Themselves As Signs Of Aging

When Diabetes Symptoms Mask Themselves as Signs of Aging

When Diabetes Symptoms Mask Themselves as Signs of Aging

According to the American Diabetes Association, of the 29.1 million who have diabetes, over 8 million of those people did not realize they even had the disease.
Oftentimes, symptoms of diabetes seem like side-effects of getting older (urinating often, fatigue, blurry vision, and pain in the hands and feet) — and when people blame these symptoms on their age, rather than getting screened for diabetes, with time, things can get much worse, as they’re doing nothing to control their blood sugar.
But through education and awareness, we can bring that number down, and help the people we care about to recognize their symptoms and maintain a healthier lifestyle.
Find out more about the close relation between diabetes and aging, and how one woman learned the difference in the video!
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7 Hidden Signs of Diabetes You Shouldn’t Ignore

7 Hidden Signs of Diabetes You Shouldn’t Ignore

Diabetes is often called “silent killer” because its signs sometimes cannot be recognized. Before you know you have diabetes, this disease can destroy several organs.
In diabetes, high blood glucose acts like a poison and it is often accompanied by elevated blood pressure and abnormal lipid levels in the blood. The cells in your body rely on glucose to provide them with energy, which makes it necessary for normal functioning.
You can directly enter glucose into your body by eating fruit, for example, but most of the glucose is derived from the intestinal degradation of carbohydrates such as starch, which is contained in rice, potatoes and other ingredients.
Glucose is then transported to cells through the bloodstream, but in order for our body to use it, insulin is needed.
Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas and is the key that opens the cell and allows entry of glucose. People with type 1 diabetes do not produce insulin and must rely on insulin injections. People with type 2 diabetes may have insulin, at least in the beginning, but they cannot use it because they are resistant to insulin.
Many of the symptoms of type 1 and type 2 are similar, and one third of people with diabetes do not know they have it because most of them have type 2.
Since diabetes can cause serious health complications, it is important to pay attention to the symptoms while it is not too late and consult your doctor to test you.
The commonest diabetes symptoms:
Increased thirst or dry mouth
Increased urge for urinating (in larger quantities than before)
Increased hunger
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Disability Protection for Those with Diabetes: Know Your Rights

Disability Protection for Those with Diabetes: Know Your Rights

Before 2009, the U.S. judicial system had a habit of narrowly defining disabilities. This made establishing coverage under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) problematic for many people with diabetes.
Fortunately, alterations to the ADA in 2008 broadened the courts’ view.
The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) makes it clear that those with type 1 and type 2 diabetes are entitled to disability protection. The ADAAA went into effect Jan. 1, 2009.
Life Activity Limitations
An individual disability, under the ADA, is a mental or physical impairment that significantly limits any life activities.
The ADAAA includes major bodily functions as a type of major life activity:
[A] major life activity also includes the operation of a major bodily function, including but not limited to ... circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions.
Because diabetes, by definition, impairs the functioning of the endocrine system in significant ways, it should be straightforward to easily prove that the disease causes substantial limitation in endocrine function, with minimal medical evidence.
Where proof of diabetes is required, a report from the individual’s physician or endocrinologist should be adequate. The report needs to explain the effects of diabetes on the endocrine system and provide relevant details about the patient’s condition and treatment.
'Regarded as' Impaired
Disability protection under the ADA also includes people "being regarded" as having an impairment.
The “regarded as” clause states that when a person is subject to an action – Continue reading

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Diabetes

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Diabetes

There are two common disorders that are caused, at least in part, by insulin resistance. Diabetes is one of them, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the other. While the causes of each disorder are different, there are many common features.
PCOS is the most common cause of infertility in women. With PCOS, the egg sacs within the ovary clump together and form cysts, blocking the monthly release of eggs. As a result, women with PCOS have irregular menstrual cycles or no menstrual cycles at all, limiting fertility.
While the precise causes of both disorders remain elusive, there is a statistically significant relationship between PCOS and type 2 diabetes in several large recent studies. An Italian study, published in Diabetes, followed a group of 225 women with PCOS for up to 17 years. When the study ended, nearly 40% of the women in the study had developed diabetes. This contrasts with about 6% of healthy women of the same age in the same population who developed diabetes.
A Swedish study compared 87 women without PCOS and 84 women with PCOS. After 14 years, 21% of the women with PCOS developed diabetes, while only 4.5% of those without PCOS became diabetic.
Androgens and Insulin
With PCOS, the ovaries tend to make too many androgens, which are male hormones such as testosterone. There is some evidence that insulin resistance, resulting in high levels of insulin in the blood, might be a contributing factor to increased androgen production.
Metabolic Syndrome
The metabolic syndrome is defined as the presence of raised fasting glucose levels or diagnosed diabetes, abdomina Continue reading

Diabetes Has Been Cured In Lab Rats, Human Trials Upcoming

Diabetes Has Been Cured In Lab Rats, Human Trials Upcoming

John Vibes
November 7, 2014
(TheAntiMedia) According to a study at the University of Alabama Birmingham Comprehensive Diabetes Center, researchers have cured diabetes in lab mice using a medication that is already on the market. The medication is called Verapamil, and is commonly prescribed for Blood Pressure problems.
Dr. Anath Shalev, a director at UAB, said that the commonly prescribed medication can “reverse the disease completely.”
“None of the therapies are actually addressing the underlying cause, namely the destruction and loss of insulin-producing Beta cells,” Dr. Shalev said.
However, Dr. Shalev says that Verapamil also seemed to increase levels of Beta cells, which would actually address the root cause of these problem. It has been reported that Verapamil research for diabetes in humans could begin as soon as 2015.
For more information on the human clinical trials or to enroll, contact UAB’s Kentress Davison at 205-934-4112 or 205-975-9308.
To fund diabetes research at UAB and much more, visit the Comprehensive Diabetes Center. Continue reading

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