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How to Prevent and Treat Colds

It’s Christmas season once again and, incidentally, flu season as well. During the holidays, cold weather is felt worldwide, and simple coughs and colds are very common. People with chronic diseases like diabetes are more susceptible to colds or flu complications. Having colds most especially among diabetics is a big no-no. Any illness or infection […]

Common Skin Problems among Diabetics

Diabetes mellitus is a common cause of health problems and death, not only in the Philippines but in the whole world. In diabetes, insulin is lacking, either partly or completely, leading to gross defects in glucose (sugar), fat, and protein metabolism. Because of these defects, the organs that are most commonly affected include the heart, […]

In Sickness and in Health

Diabetes is an epidemic, and older adults are particularly affected. The good thing about it is that with early detection and treatment, serious health consequences of diabetes can be prevented or delayed. And the task is made easier when you have someone to share it with, literally speaking. For the David couple, it was Pie […]

Get Rid of Fungal Nail Infection

Onychomycosis (OM) or fungal infection of the nail plate (fingernail or toenail) may be due to a dermatophyte (yeast) or non-dermatophyte (mould) invasion. The actual infection is of the bed of the nail and of the plate under the surface of the nail. Its prevalence in diabetic patients is around 26 percent and it can […]

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 […]

Insulin and Diabetes

“Does using insulin mean that your diabetes is at its worst?” Not necessarily. This just means that your doctor feels that insulin is the better treatment for you at this time. If you are a type 1 diabetic, you will need insulin from the very start of your treatment to bring down the blood sugar. […]

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 and Tuberculosis: Deadly Tandem

The link between diabetes and tuberculosis (TB) has been known for the past two millennia with Avicenna (780-1027 AD) commenting then that “phthisis” (tuberculosis) frequently complicated diabetes. Death was imminent then within five years ‘upon diagnosis of diabetes and the usual cause of death was tuberculosis. The relative risk of contracting tuberculosis is up to […]

Post Operative Infections and Diabetes

A significant cause of complications in patients undergoing surgical procedures is post-operative wound infection. The occurrence of post-operative infections depends on the complex interaction of several factors. These include 1) patient-related factors, such as the person’s immunity, nutritional status, and the presence or absence of diabetes, 2) procedure-related factors, such as placement of foreign bodies/prosthesis […]

Diabetes and Weak Muscles

Muscle weakness is characterized by the inability of a muscle to perform what you want to do with it because of the perceptible reduction in the force or energy that the muscle can exert, however hard you try. This is muscle weakness can be due to tiredness or asthenia and fatigability, when a person overworks […]