Thursday, June 29, 2006

The Importance of Controlling Diabetes

The Importance of Controlling Diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic disease that can be managed, although a cure does not exist. Being educated in diabetes and selfcare is the key to controlling your diabetes, and many experts believe 30% of Type 1 Diabetics and 70% of Type 2 Diabetics are not educated in diabetes self care.

When control of Diabetes is not done, complications will develop and that is the major reason to keep your Diabetes in Control! 40% of people with Diabetes develop complications, due to improper care and if they were properly educated and managed their diabetes early on, they could have helped prevent or delay the complications of Diabetes.

Michael Kralj
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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Diagnosing Diabetes

In order to diagnose being a Diabetic, you need to know the symptoms of having Diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes symptoms come on more rapidly. They are frequent urination, unusual thirst, unusual weight loss, extreme fatigue, irritability, and sweet smelling breath.

People with Type 2 Diabetes may have the same symptoms as a person with Type 1 Diabetes, but they are also more prone to infections, they heal slower with cuts and bruises, they get more numbness in their hands and feet and they have recurring skin infections.

The only true way to diagnose Diabetes is to have your blood tested regularly to see the fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Then a proper assessment can be made.

Michael Kralj
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Monday, June 26, 2006

How Insulin Affects Us?

How Insulin Affects Us? by James C.Cameer

The glycemic index helps us to understand which foods are best and worst for controlling our blood glucose levels.

As we have seen, when blood glucose levels get too high, insulin is released into the bloodstream by the pancreas to help disperse the glucose. The insulin transports the glucose to cells needing extra energy. The cells have "insulin receptors" positioned so that insulin can bind to them, facilitating glucose entry and utilization in the cells. Once inside the cells, the glucose is burned to produce heat and adenosine triphosyphate, (ATP) a molecule that stores and releases energy as required by the cell.

When cells become less sensitive to the effects of insulin, they accept less glucose, so more glucose than usual remains in the bloodstream. Result? The pancreas over-compensates by working harder and releasing even more insulin.

The combination of insulin-insensitivity and insulin over-production typically leads to one of two results:

Either, the pancreas gets worn out and insulin production slows down to abnormally low levels. Result? We develop type 2 diabetes. (About 30 percent of cases)

Or, the insulin-resistant patient doesn't develop diabetes (because the pancreas continues to produce sufficient insulin) but, instead, contracts hyperinsulinism (abnormally high levels of insulin in the blood), which can cause chronic obesity as well as high blood pressure, high levels of triglycerides, low HDL (good) cholesterol, heart disease, and possibly some cancers.

Low GI Foods Cause Lower Insulin Levels

This is why experts are beginning to recognize the health advantages of following a low GI diet. Because lower GI foods are converted into glucose much more slowly, causing less insulin to be produced.

This is not the last word on this subject, by any means. Research into insulin insensitivity and the relationship between insulin levels and obesity is ongoing. However, the overconsumption of high-GI foods (and high-fat fast-food) is a major cause of concern.

The new carbohydrate-classification system known as the Glycemic Index rates the carbohydrate quality in foods according to its immediate effect on blood glucose level. Thus carbs that break down quickly into glucose during digestion, causing a rapid rise in glucose levels, have a High GI value. Those carbs that break down more slowly, are given an Intermediate or Low GI value.

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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Who Gets Diabetes?

Almost anyone and everyone can get Diabetes. Some people are more likely than others though.

People of Aboriginal descent are 3 to 5 times more likely to develop diabetes, than the general public. Those with African and Hispanic heritage living within North America are also said to have a higher chance to develop diabetes. Many of these risk factors, based on ethniticity are primary factors for developing Type 1 Diabetes.

One major factor is family history! If you family history shows Diabetes throughout your family, you have an increased Risk of Developing Diabetes.

The risks of developing Type 2 Diabetes are your age (usually in people over 45 years old), obesity, and having a history of glucose tolerance problems.

Michael Kralj
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Monday, June 19, 2006

Three Type of Diabetes

Three different types of Diabetes have been identified by Health Experts. They are:

- Type 1 Diabetes: this occurs when the body does not produce any insulin or very little insulin. From all diabetics, only 10% of all people are Type 1 Diabetics.

- Type 2 Diabetes: occurs when the body produces some insulin, but not enough as required or where the body cannot use the insulin properly.

- Gestational Diabetes: occurs during pregnancy and is a temporary condition. About 2% to 4% of pregnant women are affected by this. Gestational Diabetes increases the risk of developing diabetes in the future for both the mother and the child.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Lantus Insulin Web Site

In my previous post I had mentioned a new Insulin I was told about from my doctor, called Lantus Insulin. While, I have no used this insulin myself, I look to explore it for my blog readers.

Here is the official web site for Lantus Insulin:
Lantus Insulin Web Site

And within their site you will find information to Learn about Insulin and how it affects blood sugar levels. Here is the subsection in their site:

Hope it helps you explore Lantus insulin, while I myself take the time to learn about this type of Insulin, and what benefits it may have for myself.

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Monday, June 12, 2006

How many Diabetes Meals in a Day?

How many Diabetes Meals in a Day?

My routine consists of a breakfast, lunch, dinner, and evening snack. I routinely follow this 4 meals per day plan, and it works well for me. My blood sugar levels have remained in control this way, but please consult a doctor to see what is best for yourself.

Generally, you may hear that 6-8 small meals a day is the best way to have complete control of your sugar levels. This is to prevent high spikes in blood sugar levels, when you have a large meal all at once.

Ensure to include in your meals a source of protein and fat. Both help stabilize blood sugar levels over a period of time. Without including that in your meal, your levels will quickly spike up and then drop. This is why juice is always recommended when your sugar is low. Juice quickly spikes up the blood sugars and then will go down.

In conclusion, small meals is better for diabetics and everyone in general. Your health will thank you in the future for it.

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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Diabetes and Driving

Diabetes and Driving

If you are diabetic, you should be extra careful while driving as your hypoglycemia can effect your driving performance. Your judgement, while having low blood sugar levels, will not be normal and can increase risk of an accident. If you more regularly do find you have low blood sugar levels, you should check prior to driving what your blood sugar is at.

I always carry some sort of sugar in my car when driving. My main candy I bring is lifesavers or skittles. Both these candies are easy to store in compartments in your vehicle within your reach. This way if you do notice your sugar levels may be coming to a low level, you can take a couple candies and see if it helps. If not then take a few more candies. If you still feel like your sugar levels are low, it is advised to pull over somewhere to check the blood sugar and ensure everything is alright.

Also, having high sugar levels can affect your judgement as it may cause you to seem confused. With confusion comes the increase risk of an accident. Ensure your sugar levels are in a suitable range before driving.

Michael Kralj
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