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Diabetic Skin Infections

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 […]

Diabetes and Infection Connection

For diabetic patients, no symptom is too insignificant to ignore. Given a short period of time, what starts as a small untreated wound or blister on the foot can develop into a condition severe enough to have to undergo foot or above the knee amputation. A study concluded that diabetics who acquire infections are 55 […]

Diabetes, Obesity and Asthma

“I am overweight Doc, can I develop asthma?” A question I hear almost everyday, the answer still surprises me to this day. Asthma (az-muh, as-) is a chronic disease that affects millions of people worldwide. Its primary cause is inflamed airways in the lungs. This inflammation makes the airways smaller, which makes it more difficult […]

Infectious Emergencies in Patients With Diabetes

Aside from the severe increases in blood sugar, development of infections among people with diabetes is the most common cause of consultation in the emergency room. Patients with diabetes are particularly predisposed to infections. A study showed that people with diabetes are 200 times more likely to be hospitalized for infectious disease and are 90 […]

Diabetic Traveler’s First Aid Kit

If you have diabetes, just think of diabetes as a star-struck lover who will never leave your side, no matter how far on a package tour or cruise or bus ride you go. There is no escaping it, even if you’re near the peak of Mount Fuji or inside the pyramids of Giza. It does […]

Examine the Diabetic Foot

Diabetes mellitus is a chronic condition accompanied by a slew of complications, from the head down to the toes. Ask any diabetic what complications they are aware of, and, chances are, ranking among the top answers would be amputations. True enough, diabetes mellitus is the leading cause of non-traumatic amputations of the lower extremities. The […]

Unnerving Truth About Diabetic Neuropathy

Consider this as your daily fare – pins and needles piercing your toes or a hundred critters crawling under your skin or tiny blades dicing your soles or the sensation of treading barefoot on coal. Today it could be that irksome numbness on your fingers, tomorrow it could be an irrepressible burning pain in your […]

Acupuncture Treatment Safe for Diabetics

Acupuncture Treatment is definitely safe for diabetics but it does not necessarily guarantee treatment particularly of diabetic neuropathy nor is diabetes per se. Acupuncture a Chinese alternative form of medicine which involves stimulating specific acupoints along the skin of the body involving various methods such as the application of heat, pressure, or laser or penetration […]

Stay Away From Colds during Holidays

Tis the season of beso-beso and group hugs during endless reunions and karaoke nights! A lot of indoor human contact increases the transmission of viruses, which can cause the common cold.