5 Vision Loss Prevention Tips for Diabetics

April 6th, 2012

Diabetic retinopathy is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. For diabetics, it is the leading cause. Diabetic retinopathy is the result of microvascular retinal changes in the eye. New veins and capillaries begin to grow. However, these new growths aren't healthy, and often bleed, which causes the customary vision-blurring and eye reddening. Here are the top 5 tips for preventing diabetic retinopathy.

1. Know the symptoms - Double vision, flashing lights, redness or blood in the eye, difficulty reading-all of these are symptoms of diabetic retinopathy. Be sure to schedule an optometrist appointment if you experience any of these. Early diagnosis is key to keeping your vision.

2. Regular eye exams - as soon as you are diagnosed with diabetes, be sure to make an appointment with your ophthalmologist. You may have been living with the disease for some time, raising your risk of diabetic retinopathy. After this, be sure to get regular eye exams. Your ophthalmologist will be able to catch any retinopathy before it becomes serious. We recommend annual exams for diabetics.

3. Maintain your blood sugar - if your blood glucose levels rapidly rise, it can actually change the shape of your eye's lens. This can cause blurred vision.

4. Exercise - overall wellness is important not just for your eyes, but to keep your diabetes in check. It also helps to maintain your blood pressure. High blood pressure can cause a cloudy lens and blurred vision. Be sure to talk to your doctor about the right exercise regimen for your body.

5. Protect your eyes - eye protection is important for everyone, not just diabetics. Remember to wear protective sunglasses when at the beach, on the water, and especially on the ski slopes. White snow's reflective quality can cause eye damage.

Diabetes Drug May Help with Cancer

April 10th, 2012

According to a new study, the common diabetes drug metformin may be also used to treat cancer. Metformin is most commonly known as Glucophage, an oral glucose medication. It is often combined with other medications, each with the same basic function, to control blood sugar levels for diabetics.

Researchers say that this discovery may affect people with prostate cancer, melanoma, pancreatic or lung cancer. They administered metformin in addition to the patients' regular treatments, and had positive results. They noticed definite differences between patients treated only with tumor suppressants and patients who received tumor suppressants supplemented by metformin.

The best breakthrough with this research is that metformin is one of the least expensive diabetes medications. It ups the fighting power of tumor suppressants without significantly raising the price of cancer treatments. Cancer medications are already expensive, and with the addition of metformin, patients may not need to pay for them for as long.

If you are diabetic, or your doctor has recommended adding metformin to your cancer treatment, consider buying online. You can buy Glucophage online for significantly less from a Canadian pharmacy than an American one.

Tree Nuts May Prevent Diabetes and Heart Disease

April 17th, 2012

All those fancy nuts you see at parties may be helping out your heart as well as preventing diabetes. A study was recently released by Louisiana State University describing the effects of tree nuts on inflammation marker C-reactive. C-reactive is often linked with chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.

Researchers found that people who had a higher consumption of tree nuts such as pistachios, almonds, macadamias, walnuts and cashews were 5 less likely to develop metabolic syndrome, a condition which often elads to more chronic conditions.

Tree nuts have a significant amount of 'good' cholesterol. This helps the body to digest food, and metabolize it properly. Buildups of 'bad' cholesterols often lead to blocked arteries and heart problems. Researchers were quick to note however, that consuming too many nuts often can cause weight gain, as the body reacts to fats and cholesterol that are only good in small, steady amounts. The recommended intake by diet experts is only a quarter of a cup per day-a perfect mid-afternoon snack.