Diabetic Skin Infections

April 13, 2022 Category :Diabetes Research 0

People with diabetes are more prone to skin problems than people who do not have diabetes. As many as one-third of people afflicted with diabetes will have a diabetes-related skin disorder at some time in their lives. In fact, skin problems are sometimes the first signs that a person has diabetes. There are two reasons for this and both have to do with elevated blood sugar levels. First, many infection-causing microorganisms feed on the excess glucose in the blood of diabetics. On the other hand, the higher than normal glucose levels impair the immune system that fights infections. » Continue Reading

Diabetics Prone to Photoaging?

April 12, 2022 Category :Healthy Advocacy 0

Aging results from the interaction of a genetic program and the cumulative wear and tear of skin. This involves two phenomena: intrinsic aging and photoaging. A person’s genetic program controls his intrinsic aging. Skin will age because of the passage of time alone. This is best exemplified by buttock skin which is normally not exposed to the sun. This manifests with very subtle changes in skin appearance. On the other hand, photoaging is attributable to the cumulative effects of the ultraviolet radiation (UVR) of the sun. People who have more sun exposure, whether for work or pleasure, are more at risk for photoaging or for looking old. » Continue Reading

Skin Allergies in Diabetes

April 11, 2022 Category :Diabetes Research| Healthy Advocacy 0

Allergy is a condition of hypersensitivity in certain people. Persons with allergies react to substances that are usually harmless to most individuals.

Examples of these substances are foods, medications, and chemicals (fragrances, dyes, and detergents). The symptoms of an allergic reaction will depend on where it takes place. If it occurs in the nose, it may cause sneezing and running of the nose, giving rise to hay fever. In the air passages it may cause wheezing, coughing, and difficulty in breathing, as in asthma. In the skin, it may produce itching spots, red rashes, swelling of the skin called hives or welts (urticaria), and swelling of the face (angioedema). In severe cases generalized allergic reaction may lead to shock (anaphylactic shock). » Continue Reading

Diabetic Skin Care Tips for Allergies

April 10, 2022 Category :Diabetes Research 0

Diabetic Skin Care Tips for Allergies

• Avoid touching trigger substances.
• If trigger substances cannot be avoided, protect the skin from substance. Wearing clothing such as long sleeves or gloves can be very helpful.
• Washing with soap and water can remove or inactivate the substance immediately after exposure.
• Minimize scratching at all times to prevent skin breaks and infection.
• Moist /cool compresses can relieve severe itching.
• Use topical anti-allergy medications such as hydrocortisone creams.
• Oral anti-histamine can relieve allergic reaction and itching.
• For open wounds, topical antibiotics must be applied to prevent infection.
• For rashes that do not improve or continue to spread, see your doctor.
• Upon consultation, always inform your doctor that you are diabetic and enumerate your present medications. Prescribed medicines for the allergy may be the cause of allergy, may react with medicines for diabetes or may be contraindicated for your present medical conditions.
• For frequent allergies, steps should be taken to identify the allergen through skin prick or patch testing.

Diabetic Skin Problems

April 9, 2022 Category :Diabetes Facts| People and Places 0

My aunt Eva came home after my cousin’s debut party scratching her legs and complaining of extreme itching. She hiked up her pants and scratched her legs frantically, all the while asking herself and her husband what she could have eaten to trigger the itching. » Continue Reading

Discolored Toenails tied to Foot Problems

April 8, 2022 Category :Diabetes Research 0

For diabetics with impaired foot sensation, thickened and discolored toenails are strong indications of fungal infections. On the same note, fungal infections are prevalent among diabetics with increased risk of foot ulcerations. These were found by Dr. Stephanie Wu and associates from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago after observing 96 male diabetic patients.

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C-Peptide Helps Curb Diabetic Neuropathy

April 7, 2022 Category :Diabetes Research 0

A study revealed six-month treatment with bioactive C-peptide facilitates improvement in sensory nerve function among people with type 1 diabetes and those suffering from infant phase of diabetic neuropathy.

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Red Meat Means Red Light for Diabetics

April 6, 2022 Category :Diabetes Research 0

Put off that chicken liver, oysters and clams, advised a group of researchers from Harvard School of Public Health for diabetics who want to steer clear of heart disease.

In a study published in Diabetes Care journal, consumption of red meat and heme iron-rich food has been associated with heart disease. Head researcher Dr. Li Qi and colleagues came out with the finding after studying 6,161 women diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. They took into consideration the age, body weight, and eating habits of the participants. The researchers observed an increase in heart disease cases. Specifically, 550 participants had the disease only during follow-up period between 1980 and 2000.

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Depression Links to Erectile Dysfunction

April 5, 2022 Category :Diabetes Research 0

When it comes to depression and erectile dysfunction (ED) among men with type 2 diabetes, which causes which? Italian authors of the study “Quality of Care and Outcomes in Type 2 Diabetes” say the two factors work vice-versa. While depression may prompt the development of ED, signs of ED likewise bring about symptoms of depression. » Continue Reading

Water Exercises

April 4, 2022 Category :Fitness 0

Having been blessed with 7,107 islands, we are surrounded by water everywhere. And anytime is the best time to enjoy Nature’s gift of sun and surf. Here are some water sports to try out with family and friends. » Continue Reading