Diabetes And The Long Term Dangers
Diabetes has hidden dangers that begin before diagnosis and continue to worsen if certain steps are not taken to prevent the complications that are the true, "killers" in terms of diabetes.
Statistics show that there are around 18 million diabetics in America, both Type 1 and Type 2. It is amazing how many people, diabetics included, who have no idea what dangers a diabetic faces over their lifetime. A diabetic, all things being equal, lives almost 10 years less than their non-diabetic counterpart on average.
Why do diabetics life shorter life spans than non-diabetics? The answer is both simple and complicated. Simple in explaining in general terms, complicated in the medical sense. Without traveling the complicated route in this article, I will try to give a simple, straight forward answer to the above question. Diabetics live shorter lives than non-diabetics because of diabetic complications.
What Are Diabetic Complications?
Diabetic complications are chronic medical conditions that begin to affect the body of the diabetic. These complications are brought about mostly by a condition the medical community had named, "Advanced Glycation End products" which is simply, "excess sugar" saturating the inside of the cells of the body. This condition also called AGE for short includes coronary artery disease, vascular disease, blindness, kidney disease, retinopathy (blindness) and loss of feeling in the hands and the feet (peripheral neuropathy) among others.
Diabetes in the early stages does not produce symptoms. Unless found during a routine medical exam, it is possible for a diabetic to remain undiagnosed for years. It is during these years that the beginnings of diabetic complications can gain a foothold due excess sugar in the cells (AGE). The statistics show there is the possibility of as many as over 5 million people going about their normal lives while having undiagnosed diabetes.
Are Diabetic Complications A Certainty?
While the current consensus is that the formula for diabetic complications Diabetes + Time = Complications. What this means is there is a much higher potential of a diabetic becoming diagnosed with one or more diabetic complications over time. This is partly due to how well the individual monitors and controls his/her blood sugar.
Drastic rises and falls of blood sugar can be hard on the body and the excess sugar present in the cells create havoc on the different nerves within the body as well as the capillaries, veins, and arteries. The evidence to date show that excellent control of blood sugar and an active lifestyle goes a very long way in preventing and/or slowing down the onset of diabetic complications.
The Different Types Of Diabetes
There are two types of diabetes - Type One and Type Two. Type One attacks children and young adults and is characterized by the pancreas failing to produce insulin which is a hormone that breaks down sugars and starches while converting them into energy. Type Two occurs usually later in an adult's life and is characterized by the pancreas being unable to produce enough insulin due to several factors, obesity being one of them.
Around 10 percent of diabetics are Type One while the other 90 percent are Type Two. The major difference between the two being that Type One diabetics are completely dependent on insulin and take daily injections while the Type Two's have both those who require insulin shots while others can rely on oral medication and/or changes in diet and exercise.
The Risk Factors Surrounding Diabetes
There are several risk factors that can push a pre-diabetic into full blown diabetes.
1) being overweight.
2) family history of diabetes,
3) lack of adequate exercise.
4) history of gestational diabetes (occurs during pregnancy and usually disappears after delivery).
5) certain ethnic groups
People over 45 years of age and has one or several of the risk factors mentioned above should be screened for diabetes each year, preferably during an annual medical exam. It has been shown that people with these risk factors comprise the majority of diagnosed cases of diabetes each year.
What Tests Help Diagnose Diabetes Cases?
There are two, main tests used for determining whether or not a person has a glucose intolerance:
1) Fasting Plasma Glucose Test
2) Oral Glucose Tolerance Test
Both of these tests can determine glucose intolerance which is where blood sugar is higher than what is considered normal. This is not always an indication of diabetes however.
Can The Onset Of Diabetes Be Prevented?
People with the above risk factors can go a long way toward preventing the development of full-blown diabetes by making significant lifestyle change. What are lifestyle changes? Changing unhealthy diets to more blood sugar friendly ones, doing enough exercise to help offset increased blood sugar levels and keep the body healthy and losing weight especially if considered obese by the medical community.
If you are pre-diabetic you need to stay on a strict diabetic diet. Ask your healthcare professional for a diet that meets that criteria and limit cakes, candy, cookies, and other things made of simple sugars. Eat small, nutritious meals and eat 5 times a day instead of only three.
If you are already diagnosed with full-blown diabetes, you should follow the same diet while under the meticulous care of your healthcare professional. Keep your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar within proper limits and have your eyes checked every year.
Diabetes can contribute to blindness, kidney disease and heart disease. Complications caused nearly 70,000 deaths in 2000.
What Can The Diabetic Look Forward To?
Diabetic complications can be prevented or lessened for a longer time period by paying serious attention to lifestyle. A diabetic who eats right, keeps his blood sugar in control and within accepted limits, exercises and gets proper rest can expect to have a quality of life that is much higher in terms of the pain and suffering that diabetic complications brings into the lives of diabetics who do nothing to change their lifestyle.
What begins to occur in the diabetic who starts to develop complications because of uncontrolled blood sugars over time is a life filled with the possibility of becoming an invalid, either blind, an amputee, or suffering renal failure or a heart attack.
The above paints a rather grim picture if lifestyle changes are not adhered to. Research has shown that the diabetic that keeps their blood sugar within acceptable limits and follows a healthy, diabetic lifestyle that has been shown to be effective against diabetic complications stands a much better chance of not developing many of the complications their less than dedicated counterparts do.
There is a new derivative of thiamine (Vitamin B1) available now that is showing great promise in greatly reducing the excess sugar in the cells of the diabetic, the process known as Advanced Glycation Endproducts (AGE).
Is Benfotiamine Effective Against Diabetic Complications?
Benfotiamine is a lipid soluble derivative of thiamine. Japanese researchers developed benfotiamine in the 1950's and later patented it in the United States in 1962. No one in the US medical community paid much attention to it at the time. For the past 12 years in Europe it has been used for neuropathy, retinopathy and other uses.
The chemical name and formula for benfotiamine is: S-benzoylthiamine-O-monophosphate (C19H23N4O6PS). It wasn't until a group of researchers in New York at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University released the results of their research in 2003 in Nature Medicine Magazine did the rest of the world begin to take a look at this substance.
Benfotiamine is unique and was reported by Michael Brownlee, M.D., as showing much promise in preventing nerve and blood-vessel damage in diabetics. Every diagnosed diabetic has been told by his/her healthcare provider that diabetic complications are the true killers in terms of diabetes.
If you are a diabetic or know a diabetic, you may find additional information about benfotiamine and view research that has been recently conducted showing the benefits of preventing diabetic complications by following the link to the website below.
Zach Malott is CEO of Brentwood Health International, a nutritional supplement company involved in distribution and supplying wholesale, retail and end users.
Mr. Malott is available to discuss the research as it applies to benfotiamine in terms of diabetic complications such as neuropathy and retinopathy.
He can be reached at:
Hospitalized COVID-19 patients with diabetes represent more than 20 percent of ICU population - Science Daily
Hospitalized COVID-19 patients with diabetes represent more than 20 percent of ICU population Science Daily
Nine Health Checks you Need for Diabetes by Johanna Hicks, Family & Community Health Agent - frontporchnewstexas.com
Nine Health Checks you Need for Diabetes by Johanna Hicks, Family & Community Health Agent frontporchnewstexas.com
Asylum seeker suffering from diabetes seeks release Brownsville Herald
A New Era in Diabetes Care: Launch of new report News-Medical.Net
Comorbid Diabetes and Depression Lead to More Complications, Mortality Psychiatry Advisor
Double Diabetes, Once Rare, is Now Commonplace A Sweet Life
COVID-19 resource website launched for people with diabetes Diabetes.co.uk
Thiazolidinediones Use in Patients With Hepatitis B and Diabetes Infectious Disease Advisor
Periodontitis in Type 2 Diabetes Patients: Cost-Effectiveness of Treatment Diabetes In Control
Coronavirus and diabetes: the different risks for people with type 1 and type 2 - The Conversation UK
Coronavirus and diabetes: the different risks for people with type 1 and type 2 The Conversation UK
Diabetes and COVID-19: What you should know The Spokesman-Review
5 Key Exercises for People with Diabetes -- Core Strength Diabetes In Control
Early Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes dLife.com
Could dairy protect against diabetes and hypertension? Medical News Today
FDA Asks Companies to Recall Diabetes Medication Metformin Over Cancer-Causing Chemical - Healthline
Insulin and Amylin Combined as a Potential New Therapy for Diabetes - Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
Insulin and Amylin Combined as a Potential New Therapy for Diabetes Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
Diabetes Medication Recall 2020: More Metformin Recalled For Cancer Fears - International Business Times
Diabetes Medication Recall 2020: More Metformin Recalled For Cancer Fears International Business Times
The Impact of COVID-19 on Patients With Diabetes Drug Topics
Pregnancy Loss Tied to Increased Risk of Type 2 Diabetes The New York Times
Regardless of Diabetes Status, Tight Glucose Control Reduces Risk for Severe Disease in COVID-19 - Endocrinology Advisor
Regardless of Diabetes Status, Tight Glucose Control Reduces Risk for Severe Disease in COVID-19 Endocrinology Advisor
Diabetes and brain health The Lancet
Diabetic? Tips to keep your blood sugar levels in check amid pandemic The Indian Express
How diabetes affects the Eye The New Indian Express
Type 2 Diabetes & Coronavirus - Why Blood Sugar is Key Labmate Online
Engineered T cells for type 1 diabetes move closer to clinic Medical Xpress
A1C and Cardiovascular Events in Type 2 Diabetes Diabetes In Control
FDA Asks Five Companies to Recall Diabetes Drug Metformin The Wall Street Journal
Study: Adherence to Antidiabetes Medications May Improve Survival in Patients with Colorectal Cancer, Diabetes - Pharmacy Times
Study: Adherence to Antidiabetes Medications May Improve Survival in Patients with Colorectal Cancer, Diabetes Pharmacy Times
Chinese LOL Legend 'Uzi' Diagnosed with Diabetes and Gaming Addiction; Retires at Age 23 - Tech Times
COVID-19 Impact and Recovery Analysis- Global Diabetic Pens Market 2020-2024 | Increasing Prevalence of Diabetes to Boost Growth | Technavio - Business Wire
COVID-19 Impact and Recovery Analysis- Global Diabetic Pens Market 2020-2024 | Increasing Prevalence of Diabetes to Boost Growth | Technavio Business Wire
COVID-19 Update: Non-Insulin Therapies for Diabetes Market Competitive Strategies, Regional Analysis Forecast 2026 |GSK, Eli Lilly, Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma, Intarcia Therapeutics, Servier, etc - Cole of Duty
COVID-19 Update: Non-Insulin Therapies for Diabetes Market Competitive Strategies, Regional Analysis Forecast 2026 |GSK, Eli Lilly, Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma, Intarcia Therapeutics, Servier, etc Cole of Duty
Vascular Disease Is A Significant Concern for Patients with Diabetes Diabetes In Control
FDA Urges Recall of Diabetes Drug Metformin Due to Cancer Link -- How Dangerous is the Medication? - SurvivorNet
FDA Urges Recall of Diabetes Drug Metformin Due to Cancer Link -- How Dangerous is the Medication? SurvivorNet
HIIT Provides Multiple Advantages in Patients with Type 1 Diabetes Diabetes In Control
Two-in-one shot may help better control blood sugar in diabetes, say researchers - Clinical Daily News - McKnight's Long Term Care News
Two-in-one shot may help better control blood sugar in diabetes, say researchers - Clinical Daily News McKnight's Long Term Care News
Eating whole grains helps reduce type 2 diabetes risk Hindustan Times
Diabetes in younger women linked to high BP and obesity: Study Medical Dialogues
Extension notes: Eating dairy foods may lower the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure - The Herald Journal
Extension notes: Eating dairy foods may lower the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure The Herald Journal
'No team changes lives like our team.' How cycling's Team Novo Nordisk turned type 1 diabetes into its 'greatest strength' - CNN International
'No team changes lives like our team.' How cycling's Team Novo Nordisk turned type 1 diabetes into its 'greatest strength' CNN International
As expected, more diabetes medicine recalled because too much of a carcinogen was found - Miami Herald
As expected, more diabetes medicine recalled because too much of a carcinogen was found Miami Herald
Statins and type 1: Reducing Cardiovascular Disease in Diabetes Patients Diabetes In Control
Alternative type 2 diabetes screening tests may reduce the number of US adults with undiagnosed diabetes - MD Linx
Alternative type 2 diabetes screening tests may reduce the number of US adults with undiagnosed diabetes MD Linx
Sun Life and American Diabetes Association® educate advocates on diabetes management during COVID-19 at virtual Call to Congress - Inside NoVA
Sun Life and American Diabetes Association® educate advocates on diabetes management during COVID-19 at virtual Call to Congress Inside NoVA
Diabetes Health Type 2: Reversing Pre-Diabetes Diabetes Health
Dr. Roach: How well does A1C reflect diabetes control? The Detroit News
1 in 2 people with diabetes wearing a face mask as Government advises masks in some enclosed spaces - Diabetes - Diabetes.co.uk
1 in 2 people with diabetes wearing a face mask as Government advises masks in some enclosed spaces - Diabetes Diabetes.co.uk
Diabetic retinopathy in well-controlled type 2 diabetes: role of glycaemic memory. - Physician's Weekly
Diabetic retinopathy in well-controlled type 2 diabetes: role of glycaemic memory. Physician's Weekly
Why diabetes, hypertension makes one more vulnerable to COVID-19 The News Minute
Two thirds of those with diabetes do not feel safe at work The Diabetes Times
The Best and Worst Foods for Type 2 Diabetes LIVESTRONG.COM
The Long Term Effects of Early Glycemic Control in Patients with Diabetes Diabetes In Control
June 2020 Global Non insulin Diabetes Therapeutics Market Report 2020 COVID 19 Impact Analysis Updated Edition Top Players Include, GSK, Eli Lilly, Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma, Intarcia Therapeutics, Servier - Galus Australis
June 2020 Global Non insulin Diabetes Therapeutics Market Report 2020 COVID 19 Impact Analysis Updated Edition Top Players Include, GSK, Eli Lilly, Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma, Intarcia Therapeutics, Servier Galus Australis
The Black American Amputation Epidemic ProPublica
Diabetes Self-Management in a COVID-19 World Managed Healthcare Executive
Vitamin D and Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: The Research Continues PracticalPainManagement.com
Implementing CGM for Hospitalized Patients With COVID-19 and Diabetes: Insights From One Medical Center - Renal and Urology News
Implementing CGM for Hospitalized Patients With COVID-19 and Diabetes: Insights From One Medical Center Renal and Urology News
Diabetes is a serious condition which can bring many challenges Oldham Chronicle
Favorite Desserts For A Diabetic Husband
It's easier than you think to create delicious desserts for your diabetic husband. When I had to get right down to it the ideas came flying at me out of my kitchen cupboard!Here's a few of his favorites:Easy Orange/Banana Parfait1 pkge Lite Orange Jello (no sugar)2 cups vanilla yogurt (fat free, no sugar but artificially sweetened)1/2 tsp vanilla2 tsp Splenda1 banana1/8 cup Lite cream cheeseMakes 4 servingsPrepare the jello per the package directions.
Preparing Your Child and Family for Life With Diabetes
After the initial shock of diagnosis wears off and we become more comfortable with administering insulin shots, scheduling blood tests and mealtimes, and carbohydrate counting we have a chance to look to the future. At that point it really begins to sink in what a long-term commitment parenting a diabetic child really is.
Diabetes: African Americans Deadly Foe
Diabetes is having a devastating effect on the African American community. Diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death in African Americans and their death rates are twenty seven percent higher than whites.
Improper pH Balance Increases Risk and Damage of Diabetes
THE RISKBlood sugar balance is critical to your body's proper functioning. Blood sugar (glucose) is the primary source of fuel for the body's cells and is particularly critical to the brain and the eyes.
Diabetes... Sweet Story of Healing
In a time not too long ago, there lived a little girl named Lindsey. (Real story.
Diabetes Has Become A Risk in Mens Life
This is true that men with diabetes have an increased risk of developing erectile dysfunction compared with men without diabetes. Erectile dysfunction in diabetes has many potential causes, including the specific diabetes complications of neuropathy and vascular disease, as well as conditions commonly associated with diabetes, such as hypertension, use of various medications or psychogenic factors.
Do You Have Diabetes? Symptoms Of Diabetes And How To Address Them
Diabetes mellitus is a condition resulting from the pancreas' inability to produce enough insulin, which is needed by the body to help create energy. A deficiency of or ineffectiveness of insulin leads to high glucose levels in the blood, thus, leading to this illness.
Diabetes and Exercise - Just Move it!
While exercise and eating guidelines are based on goodscientific principles, they do not necessarily agree withhuman nature or common sense. Recent history tells us thatwe are better off encouraging the mediocre people who arewilling to include exercise in their daily lives, ratherthan cramming guidelines down the majority of those who wantto fight the inevitable.
Diabetic Neuropathy, a nerve disorder caused by diabetes, is characterized by a loss or reduction of sensation in the feet, and in some cases the hands, and pain and weakness in the feet. The symptoms of diabetic neuropathy vary.
Diabetes Awareness: Will They Recognize You?
Imagine how it feels to look younger, feel younger, and act younger! Now, think about how others see you. Are you ready to make a lasting impression on your friends and family? Great!Taking charge of your diabetes through exercise can give you a younger look and feel not to mention ?? a younger attitude!As you read this message, remember this: You don't pay the price to improve your health, you reap the benefits of being healthy!Treatment of diabetes has gone through dramatic changes in the past two decades.
The following information is for educational purposes only and is meant to complement any medical treatment, not to prescribe or diagnose any condition. Please consult with your doctor before starting any medical or nutritional program.
Diabetes: Diabetics Fight Back
Many cases of diabetes go unnoticed or unchecked before a person or their doctor realizes the inevitable. This disease silently uses destructive high blood sugars to gradually damage the body for months or even years, before symptoms are noted.
Low-Carb: The Role of Insulin
There are three basic units the body uses for energy:1. Fats2.
Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes affects the manner in which the body handles digested carbohydrates. If neglected, diabetes can cause serious health complications, ranging from blindness to kidney failure.
Humulin or Lantus, Which Insulin For Your Child?
Humulin or Lantus? When my daughter, who was 8, was first diagnosed the Children's Hospital that was treating her put her on an insulin program of short acting Humalog NPH and long acting Humalin N. You should have seen me that first day of training after a long night in the emergency room where she was diagnosed.
How Do You Know If You Have Diabetes?
Diabetes mellitus is a disorder characterized by the inability of the body to either produce or respond to insulin making it impossible to maintain proper levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood. The extra glucose is excreted in the urine and because of the high level of glucose more water is flushed through.
Build Health: Want To Prevent Diabetes?
To prevent diabetes you will get a real jolt when you follow the prescription offered up in the "Journal of the American Medical Association."This 'prestigious' organization reported on separate studies of coffee drinkers in Sweden and Finland.
Diabetes: Calling For Double Trouble!
Diabetes!!!Open your eyes to the catastrophic effects of Diabetes. The mere thought of Diabetes brings so many questions and fears into our mind .
Double Diabetes -- Placing Your Kids at Even More Risk
In some medical circles it's called Type 3 Diabetes. Teenagers and young adults diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, if overweight or obese, can develop type 2 diabetes later in life.
Fruit gives you energy, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.Examples of fruits which are recommended to Diabetics include:? Bananas? Apples? Fruit Juices? Strawberries? Raisins? Oranges? Mango? Guava? PapayaBasically, for diabetics,One small apple, one-half cup fruit juice, or one-half of a grapefruit all considered one serving of fruit each.
|home | site map|