New Diabetic Treatment - Artificial Pancreas

March 5th, 2012

Clinical trials are currently being run for a treatment that may change the lives of diabetics. Instead of scheduled blood sugar checks, diabetics with an artificial pancreas can sleep through the whole night. The artificial pancreas is designed to digitally monitor a patients glucose levels and adjust them when the get too high or too low.

When it becomes main stream, the bionic pancreas will be about the size of a cell phone, but for clinical trials the patients are hooked up to laptops. The device uses algorithms to determine how much insulin is needed and at which time. There are two parts under the skin, one to detect the patients' glucose levels, and the other to inject the appropriate amount of insulin, or if necessary, the bionic pancreas can also inject Glucagon, a medication designed to rapidly raise dangerously low blood sugar levels.

The trials are currently only for adults and children in hospitals. For safety reasons, they are constantly monitored. The researchers are hoping to have this product on the market in the coming years, with patients being fitted with their artificial pancreas, monitored, and then sent home, no longer having to worry about lancets, insulin injections or what/how much they are eating.

Until the artificial pancreas has passed many more obstacles and testing, diabetics will have to continue their medication and monitoring regimens. In order to make it slightly easier, doctors may recommend that you buy Januvia, or other medications for type 2 diabetes to help regulate your blood sugar. .

Steps to Healthy Diabetic Feet

March 12th, 2012

As most diabetics know, the onset set of diabetic neuropathy usually starts in the extremities, particularly the feet. Neuropathy occurs when a diabetic's high blood sugar breaks down nerves and blood vessels in the body. The feet are most often affected, as they have many tiny bloody vessels, a large nerve network, and are the farthest from the heart, therefore receiving less blood than other areas. Neuropathy often results in ulcers or a loss of feeling in the feet. This can cause permanent damage, and sometimes even requires amputation to maintain overall health. Therefore, it is incredibly important to maintain your diabetes, and keep a close eye on your feet.

Step 1: Listen to your doctor - This means maintaining communication with them, and actually doing what they ask you to do. Diabetes is a difficult condition, but it can be easier with new treatments such as Bydureon and Trajenta. Maintaining a good level of blood glucose is important for your overall health, and helps prevent the breakdown of important nerves and blood vessels.

Step 2: Daily checks - Just like looking for a breast lump, daily checks are necessary to catch a problem early. Check for sores, infected toenails, and red spots. Use a mirror if you have a hard time bending down. Another important fact is how fast cuts heal. Talk to your doctor if a cut hasn't starting healing after a day.

Step 3: Proper Shoes - Shoes with a supportive sole and a breathable shell are extremely important for a diabetic. Both of these factors help to maintain good circulation in your feet, and make exercising much easier. Remember that good shoes will also wear out after a time, so periodically check the height of the insoles, and the overall condition of the shoe. If you notice that these things are lacking, invest in new shoes. You will notice a positive difference.

Step 4: Temperature Control - Step 3 and step 4 go hand in hand, it is important, when exercising, or when sedentary, to control the temperature of your feet. Since you may not be able to feel in, touch your feet with your hands every couple of hours yto make sure they are not overheated or exceptionally warm. Both of these extreme can lead to more nerve breakdown.

Step 5: Keep Them in Motion - Remember to wiggle your toes throughout the day; particularly ladies who wear tight shoes to work. You want to maintain good circulation, so try not to cross your legs for too long, and when you're relaxing on the couch, put your feet up.

Step one is truly the most important of these, as only your doctor will be able to help you accurately maintain your blood glucose levels in order to keep you're the healthiest, and stave off neuropathy. If your doctor tells you to buy Trajenta or any other diabetes medications, consider Big Mountain Drugs, a Canadian online pharmacy which offers significantly discounted medications, in order to keep you on the best medications without impacting you financially.

Manage Diabetes with Your Smartphone; New App for Diabetics

March 16th, 2012

A new device available in the UK will enable diabetics to manage their condition with a Smartphone.

Diabetes affects 2.9 million people in the UK and monitoring blood glucose levels is essential to the management of diabetes; Especially those with type - 1 diabetes, an auto immune disease that can lead to dangerous rises in blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels can lead to serious complications including damage to the heart, kidney's, nerves and eyes.

The new device called the iBGStar, allows sufferers to check their blood sugar levels at any time using their Smartphone; the hi-tech glucose monitor being sold out of Boots stores is about 1 inch long and attaches to the Apple iphone or ipod touch.

The device comes with a free Diabetes Manager App that makes it possible to store, track and analyse medical data. Software carries out the analysis and flashes the results onto the screen. It also allows users to follow changing trends and variations, and factors in information such as carbohydrate intake, insulin injections and exercise.

Dominic Littlewood, a TV presenter who is helping to promote the device and is a diabetes sufferer himself said "I lead a hectic lifestyle and so keeping an eye on my blood glucose levels is challenging. iBGStar gives me the reassurance of knowing that I can get accurate blood glucose results using my iPhone, which I carry around anyway."

Sarah Johnson, from the type-1 diabetes research charity JDRF, said: "Good blood glucose control is vital to reducing the long-term effects of diabetes, but it can be difficult and demanding to achieve. As such, we welcome all developments in technology that can help people with type-1 and type-2 diabetes take control of their condition."

White Rice Raises Risk of Diabetes

March 20th, 2012

White rice is joining white bread as a contributor to the development of diabetes. According to new research, a eating a significant amount of white rice may raise your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, especially in Asian populations. It is not just the white rice though. Researchers say that the high intake of white rice in Asian populations, combined with modern life's more sedentary lifestyles, are what is leading to these results.

Researchers believe white rice is creating a high diabetes risk due to its high glycemic index; it has a significantly higher glycemic index than that of most other whole grains, due to its processing. The report also showed that this diabetes risk was also higher in women than in men. According to their calculations, Asians who ate a large amount of white rice were 55% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who ate less. The researchers noted only a 27% higher risk in other racial populations.

Although four studies were done, other scientists are suggesting that a more controlled trial will need to be completed in order for this to be seriously taken into consideration when creating one's diet.

Surgery May Reverse Effects of Diabetes

March 30th, 2012

Two new studies have been published stating that gastric bypass surgery may be a useful new tool in diabetes treatment. The results of the two studies show that the surgery drastically reduces the symptoms of diabetes, or in some patients, it disappears altogether. Doctors are unsure why exactly this surgery works so well for Type 2 diabetes sufferers, but some believe it is due to hormone changes. This surgery is only available for diabetic patients with a body mass index of 35 or higher.

A typical woman has a body mass index between 19 and 25. According to researchers on the study, one diabetic woman who underwent the surgery now only uses 10 milligrams of insulin per day; she was taking nine times that pre-surgery. Unfortunately gastric bypass surgery doesn't have the same effect on Type 1 diabetics. This is due to their fundamental differences. Type 1 diabetes is caused by an autoimmune disorder, whereas type 2 is generally a complication of obesity. While the pounds melt off, so do the symptoms of diabetes.

Gastric bypass surgery uses a band to segregate the stomach into two pouches. The doctors then reattach the small intestine to the upper half of the stomach, which is now significantly smaller. Bariatric surgeons typically only perform this type of surgery on someone who is morbidly obese, which is a body mass index or 40 or more. They will also perform gastric bypass on a patient with a body mass index of 35, if they also have a 'co-morbid condition' such as diabetes.

If you are not currently accepted for this type of surgery, you will have to control your diabetes using long acting insulins such as Lantus or Levemir. We recommend that you buy anti-diabetes medications online, at a Canadian pharmacy. This will significantly reduce the financial burden caused by a long term disease such as diabetes.

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