Diabetes Management in the Elderly

October 18, 2017 Category :Diabetes Research| Healthy News 1

Part 2 of Aging Gracefully with Diabetes

For Dr. Fernando, there are four aspects in the treatment of elderly diabetics: medication, proper diet, exercise and stress. According to him, it is very important that patients comply with their medication and that physicians should closely monitor medication adjustments for their patients. On proper diet, he acknowledges the important role that family members play in ensuring that diabetes patients get the right nutrition everyday. He also recommends seeking the help of a dietitian or a diabetes educator for proper meal planning. Dr. Fernando likewise swears on the power of exercise or regular physical activity in diabetes management.And lastly, he gives value to removing stress in our system as it could increase blood sugar levels. » Continue Reading

Aging Gracefully With Diabetes

October 17, 2017 Category :Diabetes Research| Healthy News 2

Growing old is inevitable, but the road to aging can’t be that bad if we would only work towards facing old age with grace and living healthy in the process. The terms “healthy aging” and “aging gracefully” have slowly crept into our vocabularies in recent years to embrace the positive aspects of aging.”We always look at health in terms of holistic health – in body, mind and spirit. So healthy aging encompasses not just what is physical health but also psychospiritual and social dimensions of health, including having a good quality of life:’ says Dr. ShelleyAnn delaVega, a geriatric physician and president of the Philippine Society of Geriatric Medicine. » Continue Reading

Deciphering the Lipid Profile

October 16, 2017 Category :Diabetes Research 0

0ne day, you are a healthy young person at the top of the game of life. The next day, you are chasing your breath and getting weaker every passing second – signs that you might be having a sudden treacherous attack. » Continue Reading

Getting To Know Your Cholesterol Medications

October 15, 2017 Category :Diabetes Research| Healthy News 0

A number of patients take lipid lowering medications to lower cholesterol, triglycerides*, or both. Prior to starting these medications, one should have maximized medical nutrition therapy and lifestyle modification. Lipid lowering medications can be divided into those that primarily lower LDL-cholesterol (aka bad cholesterol) and those that primarily lower triglycerides. The most. common class of drugs used to decrease LDL-cholesterol is the HMG CoA reductase inhibitors. These drugs are also known as “statins” because drugs in this class end with the suffix-statin, such as pravastatin, simvastatin, atorvastatin, and rosuvastatin. These drugs inhibit the most crucial’step in cholesterol formation. Adverse effects include muscle inflammation and elevation of liver enzymes. Therefore, a patient should regularly monitor his creatine phosphokinase (CPK), SGPT (ALT) and SGOT (AST). » Continue Reading

Exercise Ups Brain Neuron Production in Oldies

October 14, 2017 Category :Healthy News 0

Sedentary lifestyle among elderly people has been constantly linked to worsening of various health complications. In contrast, adequate exercise among this particular group of patients can do wonders to combat brain shrinkage caused by aging, researchers from University of Illinois reported. » Continue Reading

When The World Spins Around You

October 13, 2017 Category :Diabetes Research 0

“My head feels light and I seem to be floating, as if the world is spinning round and round…” These are not the lines of a teenage love song. These are the words of somebody having a dizzy spell.And these words are echoed everyday in doctors’ clinics, oftentimes by the elderly and those with diabetes and hypertension. One out of every three persons above the age of 65 will complain of dizziness at some point. Just how important a symptom is dizziness? How is it different from vertigo? How can blood sugar and blood pressure derangements affect one’s sense of balance? The questions are endless and our ever-anxious patients need to be enlightened on the whys and the hows of dizziness. » Continue Reading

The Wet Woman

October 12, 2017 Category :Diabetes Research 0

Accidental or involuntary leakage of urine, or urinary incontinence, is a common problem afflicting many women, both young and old. Unfortunately, many suffer in silence. This is so because they either feel embarrassed to talk About it or are led to believe that it is a “normal” consequence of childbirth, aging, or menopause or, even worse still, feel that it is a problem without a solution. Nothing could be more false! Poor bladder control is a problem of perhaps half of the female population. Many would try to hide their condition with sanitary pads or adult diapers just to avoid wetting themselves in public. And, there are also some who would rather remain homebound just to get out of a distressing situation. Women who are in their menopause or who are afflicted with certain medical conditions such as diabetes or asthma are of particular risk for urinary incontinence. » Continue Reading

Hypertenstion Management

October 11, 2017 Category :Diabetes Research 1

Clinical evidence has shown the necessity for the use of combination therapy, or the use of two or more antihypertensive agents, in the management of hypertension. Observations from major clinical trials in different kinds of patients, from elderly to stroke and diabetic patients, indicate that usually two agents are necessary to control the blood pressure in the majority of these patients. » Continue Reading

Low Blood Sugars at Night?

October 10, 2017 Category :Diabetes Facts 0

How can the elderly keep from having low blood sugars at night?

Hypoglycemia, defined variably as blood sugar <60 mg/dL, is one of the dreaded complications of diabetes management. It usually hinders the achievement of a satisfactory glucose control level because of the fear of developing symptoms of hypoglycemia – palpitations, excessive sweating, tremors, and disorientation. These “warning signs” are triggered by counter-regulatory hormones, like adrenalin, which are defense mechanisms of our body to increase sugar levels back to normal. » Continue Reading

Vitamin Supplements for Diabetics?

October 9, 2017 Category :Diabetes Facts 0

What vitamin supplements are good for an elderly person with diabetes?

Many vitamin preparations and supplements abound in the market and are readily available to unwitting consumers. In fact, some manufacturers of these products have even become very aggressive in promoting them as cure all, “wonder” pills for many conditions, including diabetes mellitus and heart disease. Just when we consider buying other consumer products, it would be wise to ascertain how useful these supplements are before we spend our money on them. More importantly, we would be buying these products presumably to improve our health and well-being. » Continue Reading