Diabetes is a life altering disease that can be depressing to people, which can contribute in worsening one’s condition. It is therefore important for relatives and friends to help a loved one cope with diabetes.
Filipinos love salted egg during meals. If you combine salted egg with tomato, tuyo and fried rice, it’s the perfect breakfast meal. Unfortunately, salted egg is not good for people with diabetes. In fact, it is advisable to avoid adding salt or reduce the use of salt in preparing meals for diabetes.
The use of insulin pens is fast becoming a norm among diabetic patients for its convenience. Insulin pen offers portability which means it can be carried easily anywhere and conveniently be injected anywhere and anytime. It extinguishes the fear of using needles especially among children. Insulin pen allows diabetics to administer insulin discretely. It has a longer shelf life and more importantly, it allows for administering accurate dosage of insulin.
Gallstones (biliary calculi) are small stones made from cholesterol, bile pigment and calcium salts, which form in the gallbladder, a small sac organ that holds the bile, a digestive juice produced by the liver for breaking down dietary fats. Gallstones do not usually require medical treatment except if starts to cause symptoms such as pain, jaundice and fever. Treatments may include changing diet, and surgery (e.g. cholecystectomy). Gallstones is a common disorder of the digestive system that usually affects people aged 50 years and over.
One way to survive during moments of natural calamities and disasters (such as floods and water accidents) is to know how to swim. I strongly believe that swimming should be taught to people of any age not only for survival but also for total body exercise and superior body conditioning. This water sport is a very rewarding activity and, at the same time, an enjoyable form of recreation and socialization.
Traveling makes a person wiser. It provides wonderful learning experiences that can last a lifetime. However, this becomes a great challenge to persons with diabetes. Some of them feel so deprived of this opportunity to enjoy life’s adventures. Can we allow diabetic individuals to travel abroad?
Sambong (Blumea balsamifera L. DC) is a traditional herbal plant in the Philippines known for being diuretic and analgesic. Its medicinal benefits had been rigorously studied and had been proven to be genuinely effectively. In fact, Sambong has been approved by the Department of Health in the Philippines as being safe and effective in treating certain disorders.
The pain related to diabetes can sometimes take a toll with age. Older or elderly patients with diabetes can feel discomfort and weakness that can affect their quality of life. The pain related to diabetes is primarily caused by nerve damage called neuropathy, which can cause chronic pain in three ways. Pains or numbness in the toes, feet, legs, hands and arms is called Peripheral neuropathy. Pains in the thighs, hips and buttocks and legs are called proximal neuropathy. Sudden discomfort, weakness, pain or numbness in a single nerve that affects other nerve branches is called Focal neuropathy which can usually be experienced behind one eye, in the lower back, in the chest, or abdomen.
Eating the right kind of food is one critical way to effectively manage diabetes. Diabetics must generally avoid vegetables that have high sugar content and carbs, which ultimately also turns to sugar once digested.
Sitting in one position for a long period of time can cause pressure to build up and cut off blood flow. To relieve oneself from pressure, one should take the pressure off by changing position or turning. This is a common problem among people in wheelchairs because they are often in a single sitting position. Hence it is important for people in wheelchair to do relief exercise to remove the pressure in their seated position.