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General articles on diabetes management and prevention

DIABETES & HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

Blood pressure is the pressure of blood in your arteries (blood vessels). Blood pressure is measured in millimetres of mercury (mm Hg). Your blood pressure is recorded as two figures. For example, 124/80 mm Hg. This is said as 124 over 80. The first number is the pressure as your…

SYMPTOMS OF #GASTROPARESIS LINKED TO DIABETES

Heartburn or reflux Nausea Vomiting undigested food Poor control of blood sugar Feeling full quickly when eating Abdominal bloating Poor appetite and weight loss Tips to Manage or avoid #Gastroparesis Eat 5 smaller meals instead of 3 or 2 big Meals Avoid high fiber foods and fatty foods Try gentle…

EFFECT OF DIABETES ON THE FEET

Diabetes affects the feet in two ways: It can lead to narrowing and hardening of blood vessels. This is known as diabetic vasculopathy. With narrow blood vessels, less blood will be carried to the feet. Pale, blue or cold feet are signs of poor circulation. Less blood makes the feet…

ALTERED MENTAL STATUS

One of the diabetes emergencies that requires immediate medical attention is altered mental status. This usually presents itself in form of forgetfulness, lethargy, agitation or a strange behavior which could be a sign of low or high blood sugar levels. SEVERE ABDOMINAL PAIN Depending on the location of the pain,…

GESTATIONAL DIABETES

Pregnant women who have never had diabetes before but who have high blood glucose (sugar) levels during pregnancy are said to have Gestational Diabetes. The Exact cause of the condition is not known but some clues point to the placenta in support of the baby as it grows. Hormones from…

DIABETES & KIDNEY DESEASE

Blood and waste products enter our kidneys to travel through millions of capillaries, or tiny blood vessels, which contain filters called glomeruli. Things our body needs, such as red blood cells and proteins, are too big to fit through the glomeruli, but waste products pass through these filters and end…

DIABETES & CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE (CHF)

What is Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)? This is a type of heart disease in which the heart no longer pumps sufficient blood to meet the body’s needs. Diabetes is a risk factor for heart failure, but a number of measures, including tight blood glucose control, can greatly reduce this risk.…

Diabetic Coma

Diabetic coma is loss of consciousness occurring as a result of very high blood sugar. Its causes are similar in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, but with the important difference that other abnormalities of the blood chemistry may contribute to the coma in type 1 diabetes. These other…

HOW SMOKING AFFECTS YOUR HEALTH & WHY YO MUST QUIT

This is a very real concern: Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. Half of all smokers who keep smoking will end up dying from a smoking-related illness. Cancer Nearly everyone knows that smoking can cause lung cancer, but few people realize it is also linked to a higher…

LOOKING AFTER YOUR TEETH

Whereas anybody can get gum problems, people with uncontrolled diabetes are more prone to dental complications. It is therefore necessary to take care of your teeth on a regular basis. Tips: Brush your teeth regularly using small circular movements; do not forget the hard to reach parts at the back…
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