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Technology can help with diabetes November 22, 2015

Technology is something that is always in flux. Regardless of the intended audience, technology is there to enhance and improve our lives. Diabetes is no exception to this. Companies are constantly working to make managing Diabetes faster, easier and less intrusive on our lives.

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I will have to say, that technology has definitely help in making managing Diabetes less of a struggle and more of a daily routine. While this is all well and good, it seems, at least to me, that is some ways, technology has someone hindered our focus and attention on managing our Diabetes. According to no technology can help us at this moment.

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Being alert

I am sure to some, this sounds like a fairly strange and possibility incorrect statement, but let me explain what I mean. The key, at least the way I see it, to managing Diabetes is to stay focused and staying aware of your Diabetes and adjusting to your situation and environment to accommodate for those times when things get a little out of control. This is something that is easier to do when you are forced to stay on top of what you eat, your blood sugars, your exercise and activities. The more your life changes, the more you must be aware of your Diabetes and what it is doing. Technology, in all its wonder, tries to make this job easier on all of us PWD. While it does make our lives a little easier, I am not completely convinced that it always makes life better.

The big thing with technology and Diabetes is making everything more accurate and less of a chore in our everyday lives. I feel that with all of the medical and technology advances, that we have made great strides in this. The problem I have with all of this and the point of this post is that, I think that technology has actually made us somewhat less aware and less focused on our Diabetes. I think that with all of the advances, trying to get closer to a “closed loop” system, much of the attention we have had to keep on our Diabetes has been taken away and is put on the technologies we use to manage it. Because of this, we rely more on technology to do the work for us. While this would be fine if these technologies were more of an exact science, but there are not (at least not yet.)

Diabetes management

I feel like we, or at least I feel this way about myself, do not do as much to try and better our management of our Diabetes as we use to, for no other reason than we now have X or Y that can do it for us. While we do have things like insulin pumps and CGMS, we rely too much on them to figure out everything for us. I know that since having my CGMS, I do not test nearly as much as I use to when I didn’t have one. While the system is great and the alarms and all keep things from getting out of control, Nothing beat a finger stick to tell me exactly how well I am managing at that moment.

All I am trying to say is that I feel that we shouldn’t become complacent just because technology has made things easier for someone with Diabetes. In fact, I feel that we should focus more on not only managing our Diabetes but improving our life with Diabetes. Use the technology that we have in addition to our normal routines to make diminish the ill effects and complications of Diabetes.

This is something that I need to do myself. I know that I have become less focused on my Diabetes and I fear that the long term effects will show that if I do not refocus on what is important: Managing my Diabetes.So, make sure that you take advantage of all that technology has given us to make our lives better but do not turn your back on the things that have gotten us to this point. Focus, determination, persistence. These are the fundamentals that will ensure a long complication free life.

The driving force to ensure that technology succeeds is the human element. Without it, technology is just a bunch of 1s and 0s.

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Can You Cure Diabetes? The Ultimate question September 28, 2015

Is it possible?

Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases whereby a person has a very high blood sugar level. This results from inadequate production of insulin and also as the result of the inadequacy of the body’s cells ability to respond to the insulin. There are three types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational Diabetes. In Type 1 diabetes, the body fails to produce insulin and it takes place before the age of forty generally. In Type 2 diabetes, the body also fails to produce enough insulin required for the normal functioning of the body. Type 2 diabetes is common among obese people. Obesity can lead to the destabilization of the body’s metabolic system. Gestational diabetes affects pregnant females, which can increase the risk of complications during child birth. In recent years, more and more people are falling prey to the disease. The question is, Can You Cure Diabetes? It’s a very tricky question as the answer to this oscillates between ‘yes’ and ‘no’.

Curing is not possible

It has been the unraveled mystery, whether or not it is really possible to cure diabetes. Rigorous workout on a regular basis is known to have proven to be an effective way to break the chains of diabetes. Sweating it out is very compulsory. The person with this disease is supposed to monitor his blood sugar level on a daily basis. Living on a liquid diet can bring about dramatic change in the blood sugar level. Food of a diabetic patient must be green, rich in electrons, and juiced. They must also opt for nutritional supplements because they act as insurance policies against the various deficiencies. Then, intake of green tea on a regular basis is a must. The process of curing diabetes has more to do with human psychology. The various emotions, good and bad, have a significant effect on the blood sugar levels. Stress produces stress hormone, adrenaline, which elevates the blood sugar level. The management of stress level is very important. The proverb “A healthy mind resides in a healthy body” holds true. The physiological condition is directly related to the psychological aspects. The more stressed you are, the more elevated your blood sugar level will be.

The answer to the question “Can You Cure Diabetes?” is discipline. A disciplined person with controlled lifestyle can help himself control any type of diabetes. A diabetic patient has to monitor his lifestyle on a regular basis. His general habitat, including eating habits and physical activities, play an important role. The success of curing the disease depends on the patient’s ability to think positively. Positive thoughts and emotion is the key to putting a check on diabetes. Certainly, there is no cure for diabetes. It can only be controlled through the efforts of the diseased. Losing weight is the best way to control diabetes.

So let’s come to the question, Can You Cure Diabetes? Insulin, weight loss, changing the eating habits, medication, and physical activity can normalize blood sugar level but can give a permanent solution? The answer is you have to do all these things more or less to get your life back again.

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Most frequently asked questions concerning Type I diabetes (insulin dependent) September 7, 2015

How does Type I diabetes develop?

Diabetes occurs when the immune system attacks pancreatic islet cells. Over a period of time, all of the insulin-producing cells are destroyed.

What is insulin?

Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas that allows glucose from the food we eat to give our cells energy. Insulin is necessary for life. Those with Type I diabetes must inject it into their bodies multiple times a day. There are four different types of insulin: rapid action, short action, intermediate action, and long action.

What is a normal blood sugar level and what makes it fluctuate?

In general, optimal blood sugar goals are in the range of 60 to 120 mg/dl before meals. Blood sugar levels will fluctuate due to the interaction among four variables: food intake, physical activity, stress, and insulin.

Can you avoid getting Type I or Type II diabetes?

An environmental cause of Type I diabetes has been postulated but not identified. The onset of Type II diabetes may be a function of improper diet, obesity and inadequate exercise. Diabetes prevention studies being conducted by the National Institutes of Health are underway to determine who may be most vulnerable to Type I and Type II diabetes, and whether the onsets can be delayed or prevented.

When is there going to be a cure? Are we close?

Researchers are making tremendous progress. The discovery that Type I diabetes is an autoimmune disease has directed researchers toward important strategies for prevention and intervention, some of which are currently being tested. There may be a cure as soon as 2007!

How many children have diabetes? What are the statistics by age group in the US?

There are currently between 500,000 and 800,000 people in the United States with Type I diabetes, the vast majority of whom are children, some as young as three months. There are more than 15 million people in the United States with Type II diabetes (adult-onset), a disease that typically develops in men and women after age 40.

Why must children have so many insulin shots and blood sugar tests each day?

Blood sugar levels can vary widely in young children and adolescents because of variations in activity levels, food intake, amount of sleep, childhood illnesses, etc. To maintain blood sugar levels within a safe range for a child, frequent testing and frequent injections are often necessary.

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Natural History of Type 2 Diabetes

Millions of people are diagnosed with having diabetes. Type 1 diabetes mellitus is when the body is unable to produce insulin and type 2 diabetes mellitus is when the body is resistant to insulin and hyperglycemia.

Type 1 diabetes is known to happen at a young age for children but for older adults, type 2 diabetes is common and is known as adult-onset or non-insulin dependent diabetes.

The natural history of type-2 diabetes came into play back in 1979 when the World Health Organization and the National Diabetes Data Group coined the term “impaired glucose tolerance” (IGT) and pre-dabetes to replace terminology such as borderline, chemical and asymptomatic diabetes mellitus.

Patients with IGT can benefit from being educated by their physician because it can be eliminated through diet, exercise and medication.

Over 15.7 million Americans are said to have type-2 diabetes and for those who are diagnosed can receive treatment. But the ratio for those who are treated and those who are potential type-2 diabetes is quite staggering.

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus is a Disorder

Type 2 Diabetes is a hetereogenous disorder that incorporates three basic metabolic defects which include a resistance to insulin, a defect of the body’s inability to secrete insulin and an increase in glucose production in the liver.

What causes this is yet unknown but research into the natural history of type-2 diabetes have shown that it is common among ethnic minority groups such as Latinos, African Americans, Asians and American Indians. Also, it is known that obesity, aging and an inactive lifestyle can lead to insulin resistance.

Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes Melitus through Weight Loss and Dieting

To help delay the progress of diabetes, the natural history of type-2 diabetes includes a preceding period of impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT) and combined with impaired fasting glucose (IFG) which can both provide a targeted intervention within larger communities.

In a six year study (Malmo Feasibility Study) done on type-2 diabetics, asymptomatic type 2 diabetic patients and subjects with IGT were given instructions for a diet and physical training. With those who achieved weight loss, the treated group had glucose tolerance which was normalized in more than 50% of those with IGT and 50% of the early diabetic patients were in remission at the end of a study period.

Studies have shown that people who practiced a healthy diet and focus on weight loss and improved fitness was beneficial to glucose tolerance and was overall beneficial in their road to treatment and normalizing glucose tolerance.

Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus through Pharmacological Agents

For those who are unable to focus on a healthy diet and have an improved healthy fitness plan can also receive treatment by their physician with pharmacological agents.

There are several oral antidiabetic agents that are available as treatment. Sulfonylureas can reverse insulin resistance by improving a hyperglycemia component of insulin resistance in the body. Although, this would not have any significance in those who have IGT. A caveat of sulfonylureas is that individuals have the risk of having hypoglycemia and even possible weight gain.

Of the various insulin sensitizers that have shown any benefits towards those with IGT is the use of Thiazolidinediones or troglitazone therapy which in a study, 80% of those who underwent 12 weeks of the therapy reverted to normal glucose tolerance.

Knowing the natural history of type-2 diabetes, It is very important to talk to a physician if you exhibit symptoms but also to go over various prevention methods available to you.

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