11 Usefull Topics about Blood Sugar Diabetes Problems part 3 (final)
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Diabetes Problems - Why You Must Keep Your Diabetes Under Control
It is important to keep diabetes under control to avoid diabetes problems occurring. Dealing with diabetes can be challenging, but worse can be some of the complications the condition causes including renal and cardiovascular disease, eye deterioration and problems with peripheral blood vessels.
When diabetes is not controlled these health complications can develop, which makes living with the condition more difficult.
Everyone is individual and not all diabetics will develop other problems but, as some of these take a while to manifest, it is well worth being conscientious about monitoring and controlling glucose levels to minimise the risk of diabetes problems occurring in the future.
It is now thought that there is a link between diabetes and depression. When a diabetic suffers from depression their condition and general health can rapidly deteriorate. High standards of self care are essential to ensure that possible diabetes problems are noticed and treated as soon as possible. The nature of depression as a condition often means, in those with diabetes, depression contributes to a distinct lack of adequate self care. This combination of depression and diabetes can lead to a worsening of the diabetes and the other health conditions associated with the disease.
Whilst attending diabetes clinics and having all of the suggested regular checks can lead to early diagnosis of other health conditions, you can drastically reduce your risk of other diabetes health problems developing by keeping your diabetes under control with correct use of diet and medication, where prescribed.
Diabetes Software - High Tech Diabetes Management Solutions
A key aspect to successfully living with diabetes is self management and diabetes software has made tracking everything to do with diabetes much simpler.
Diabetes management software helps with monitoring glucose level blood test results, tracking food intake and medication doses. Reports can by emailed to or downloaded by your medical practitioner, direct from the program, allowing them to review graphs and charts that give an instant snapshot of your condition.
With the introduction of smartphones and other handheld electronic devices the use of diabetes software does not mean diabetics need access to a computer. Diabetics can track insulin doses, keep a food and carb log , an exercise log, and record glucose meter readings quickly and easily when on the move using nothing more than their mobile phone. Many diabetes software packages contain a database of useful diabetes related information and data so everything the diabetic needs is instantly available.
Diabetic software systems have been developed in recognition of the fact that successful self management of the disease is the key to minimising complications.
Some programs offer the facility to store your tracking information online with some even offering free electronic logbook facilities.
Whether you choose to use any type of diabetes software will depend on your comfort with the use of technology, your budget and your willingness to contribute to the management of your condition. It will be worth consulting with your doctor to see if he or she has any experience of using any of the various applications and programs now offered by companies such as Bayer. It would make sense to consider using the diabetes management software that is already familiar to your doctor in order that maximum benefit can be extracted from your investment.
Anything that makes the process of self managing blood sugar levels and controlling diabetes is to be applauded and encouraged. It is no coincidence that the lowest rates of complications in diabetes are enjoyed by those who are conscientious about monitoring and controlling glucose. Diabetes software can simplify the whole record keeping process and give instant information when things go wrong. Imagine how much easier it would be for a medical practitioner treating you if he had access to your diabetes logbook if you are taken ill. Not the log book you leave at home and try to remember to update, but the log you keep on your iphone - the device that never leaves your side. Do you think this might speed up diagnosis and enable you to be offered the right treatment more quickly?
Love it or hate it, technology is here to stay and with health conditions such as diabetes, where the condition can worsen suddenly and dangerously, having up to the moment records of everything you have done to manage your condition can only improve your prognosis.
Before investing in diabetes software consider your personal requirements and comfort levels. Do you want software that works on a smartphone or Palm Pilot or similar device? Do you want to keep the data on a home computer or somewhere in the ‘cloud' (this is a newer term to describe information that is stored on web servers owned by software providers). Do you want to be able to transmit reports to your doctor or perhaps print things off you can send or even allow your diabetes clinic access to your logs online? By being clear about what you want to achieve you'll be able to select the most appropriate diabetes software for you and your condition.
Reversing Diabetes - Can Diabetes be Reversed or Cured?
Research continues into reversing diabetes and finding a cure for diabetes but, despite what you may read elsewhere, there have been no definitive results so far. Diabetes remains a disease that can only be treated and managed. A good self management regime can prevent the disease from worsening but that’s about the best that can be hoped for.
Prediabetes is a slightly different condition. This is when blood sugar levels are detected to be above normal levels but are not high enough to be classified at the level required for diabetes to be diagnosed. It may be possible to reverse the progress of prediabetes by obtaining an early diagnosis and making significant changes to diet and lifestyle to prevent the conditioning developing into full blown diabetes. No promises here but it is for this reason it is worth having your annual health checks to pick up on potential problems before they become full blown.
Those promising a diabetes cure or diabetes healing are offering false hope to those whose need real treatment. It may be possible for those with type 2 to stop diabetes worsening. By self managing their condition, taking all medications as appropriate and adopting a healthy lifestyle they may halt the progress of the disease. With changes in diet, assisted by medication, those with insulin resistant diabetes may be able to improve the body’s uptake of the hormone and stop their condition worsening.
A small study around the adoption of the Pritkin diet suggested that eating small amounts of protein with every meal could play a part in stabilising blood glucose levels but this does not promise to reverse diabetes - simply make it easier to manage.
Julian Whitaker has published several books about reversing diabetes but these are not supported within official diabetes communities. The cookbook is useful as it contains some delicious recipes but the claims made regarding reversing diabetes lack the scientific backing required for them to be taken seriously.
Nobody wants to be diagnosed with a health condition for which there is no cure so it is understandable that diabetics will always be open to the possibility of a cure for diabetes. However, the nature of the disease can make it incredibly dangerous for traditional treatments to be abandoned in favour of any alternative treatment for diabetes that has not been subject to rigorous scientific testing and validation.
Rather than searching for something that is better left to the medical community to discover, the diabetic would be well advised to focus their efforts and attention on doing what is necessary to prevent their diabetic condition from worsening. This is the most useful activity and it is something that is available to everyone with diabetes.
Take responsibility for your condition. Follow the very best of medical advice, the advice that has research and experiments to prove its conclusions, self monitor your blood glucose levels, maintain a detailed diabetes log so you can quickly spot any possible worsening of symptoms. By doing this you can prevent so many of the complications associated with diabetes from arising. You can prevent a deterioration in your condition which leaves you in the best possible shape to benefit from a cure when one is eventually found.
Signs of Diabetes - Diabetes Symptoms to Watch Out For
The signs of diabetes for both type 1 and type 2 diabetics are the same. What differs is the speed in which the diabetes symptoms develop.
Type 1 diabetes is the form of the disease caused by complete failure of the pancreas to produce insulin. Diabetes 1 symptoms include:
- Excessive thirst
- Excessive urination
- Unexplained weight loss
- A general feeling of being unwell
These symptoms develop over days and weeks and, if left undiagnosed and untreated, sugar in the cells of the body increases blood glucose levels which in turn leads to coma and death.
Why does the pancreas stop working? It's thought to be an autoimmune syndrome that causes diabetes mellitus. When the antibodies, made to attack viruses and bacteria when they enter the body, begin instead to attack parts of the body itself, this is described as an autoimmune response. Research continues into what triggers this autoimmune response and why the antibodies then attack the cells the body actually needs.
Diabetes 2 symptoms are identical to those listed for Type 1 diabetes. The difference between the two conditions being that type 2 diabetics have a pancreas that continues to work, albeit at below normal levels, or they may have insulin resistance - a term that describes the body's inability to utilise the insulin that is produced. In either case, because some insulin is still being produced by the pancreas, the warning signs are slower to develop, health deteriorates over an extended period with the result that it may be a while before the doctor is able to diagnose his patient.
The early symptoms of sugar diabetes are not dramatic which can mean they are ignored but it is worth mentioning any increased levels of thirst or urination to your doctor and to have sugar levels checked. It is a simple process to test a sample of urine for glucose levels and, if the results suggest a medical diagnosis of diabetes, a blood test will be taken to confirm the condition.
Diabetes signs and symptoms should not be ignored as the risk to diabetic patients increases swiftly and rapidly if the condition is left untreated - particularly in the case of type 1 diabetes.
When the symptoms for diabetes are ignored or not spotted, and the disease is allowed to progress without treatment, the continued high levels of glucose in the blood can cause other types of health conditions to develop. Vision can be affected, poor circulation and hardening of the arteries can cause problems with feet, impotence, strokes and heart attacks. The earlier diabetics are diagnosed and begin treatment to control their blood glucose levels the better chance they have of minimising the risk of other health conditions developing.
All general medical practitioners carry information containing diabetes answers and facts on diabetes. An increased awareness of the disease means it is often picked up during routine check-ups or perhaps during tests carried out for another, seemingly unrelated, health condition.
By noticing any possible signs of diabetes and questioning 'Do I have diabetes?' you can obtain early diagnosis and treatment to control and manage the disease.
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