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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 […]

Diabetic Guide to Vaccines

Most of those all-too-dreaded trips to the pediatrician for shots that boost the immune system culminate with the eruption of permanent teeth. But this no longer holds true; not if you’re diabetic, at least. Well into your fifties or sixties, that need for an immune system enhancer comes full circle, especially if you are diabetic. […]

Antibiotics safe for Diabetes?

Question: Is it OK to take antibiotics for fever if you have diabetes? There really is nothing wrong with diabetics taking antibiotics. It is important, however, to understand what antibiotics are supposed to be for. Antibiotics are drugs generally used for the treatment of infections caused by bacteria. Related terms:antibiotics and diabetesdiabetes and antibioticsantibiotics for […]

Under the Knife

When a diabetic undergoes surgery. People with diabetes may undergo surgery due to complications such as cardiovascular problems and infection that may develop in their bodies or due to other conditions unrelated to their diabetes. During these times, people with diabetes must adhere to certain special requirements and considerations to help ensure surgical success. Related […]

Gallstones: Take Them Out or Leave Them Be?

Diabetes mellitus presents numerous challenges to patients and physicians constantly battling to stave off its deleterious effects on various organs in the body. While end-organ damage in diabetic patients targets vital organs like the kidney, heart, brain and lungs, a less known organ called the gallbladder likewise deserves attention. Related terms:gallstones and diabetesdiabetes and gallstonesgallstones […]

The Diabetic Foot: The Art of Wound Care

Wounds in general pose a big problem in our current health setting.  The general physician as a primary care provider sees a wide variety of wounds, either acute or chronic. It is of utmost importance that the general physician assess the patient as a whole in formulating a wound management strategy.  Questions abound in the […]

Post-Surgical Risks for Diabetes

In a study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, it was indicated that diabetics who would undergo total joint replacement are more at risk for complications after surgery due to their pre-existing health conditions. However, the study otherwise claimed that those complications are less likely to occur when a diabetic patient has […]

Making Breastfeeding Work for Diabetic Moms

“Breast milk is still best for your baby.” We’ve heard and seen it in various campaign ads, yet it can’t be overstated enough – especially if you happen to be a mother with a precious baby to take care of. Breastfeeding is now generally established as most beneficial for the health of both the child […]

Diabetes: One of Pregnancy’s Major Roadblocks

They say that of all the rights a woman has, the best is to give birth and become a mother. Despite its numerous discomforts – having morning sickness, mood swings, swollen feet, and the feeling of carrying two sacks of rice day in and day out – I know a lot of women who’d go […]