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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 […]

Nurturing Pregnant and Breastfeeding Mothers

Breastmilk is the only perfect food for infants and the only perfect milk for children. The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF recommend that infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health, and should receive nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods. Breastfeeding should also […]

Getting to know HbA1C

When an individual is diabetic, the need to keep one’s blood sugar or glucose in the normal level is essential to manage the disease. Frequent monitoring of one’s blood sugar at home is a great way to keep track of it in order to guide treatment of diabetes. However, to know the overall condition of […]

Caring for Diabetic Feet

For many, the foot is of least concern. But for patients diagnosed with diabetes, the foot should be given utmost care. Diabetics are more vulnerable to foot problems and if left untreated may result in severe disorders like infection, gangrene (or tissue death), ulceration and even amputation. Diabetes can reduce blood flow to your feet […]