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Diabetes and Heart Disease: A Dangerous Duo

Diabetes is a common silent metabolic abnormality, manifested by elevated blood sugar levels, which causes significant cardiovascular disease and death without appropriate treatment. Similar to other risk factors such as abnormal cholesterol levels and hypertension, which in most cases are without symptoms, diabetes can occur for long periods of time in an individual, undetected and […]

Diabetics and Dementia

A few weeks ago, we had a patient in her forties ask us for help because she felt it was becoming difficult remembering simple things. She had been a diabetic for about ten years and her previous HbA1c levels were 7 and 8.8 percent (normal values 4-6 percent). She noticed that she often lost things […]

A Primer on Diabetes in the Elderly

Defining the elderly population can be tricky. In most developed countries, the chronological age of 65 years as a definition of ‘elderly’ or older person, is widely accepted or often, associated with the age at which one can begin to receive pension benefits. Although it is common to use the calendar age to mark the […]

Kicking off the Optimal A1c Level Goal with Pioplus

Go for the Optimal A1c Level! Or simply, Go for the G.O.A.L.! The catchphrase for the recent launch of the newest aid in winning against diabetes says it all about Pioplus, a combination of two potent antidiabetes drugs: pioglitazone and metformin. Related terms:ppt on piopluspiopluspioglitazone metformin philippinespioplus 1 side effectsbopbop monterosmanagement of diabetes:filetype pptpioglitazone hba1c […]

Nuts can Halt Type 2 Diabetes

Controlling diabetes and preventing its complications could be helped significantly by eating nuts every day. According to a study conducted by D. Jenkins et al., consuming two ounces of nuts daily as a replacement for carbohydrates is an effective lipid and glycemic control method for persons with Type 2 diabetes. “Mixed, unsalted, raw, or dry-roasted […]

Herbal and Dietary Supplements for Diabetes

The worldwide prevalence of diabetes mellitus has been increasing in recent years and the Philippines is no exception. While there has been an increase of available medications, these are beyond the means of many Filipinos. Related terms:supplements for diabetes philippineschromium and vanadium in philippinesbest food supplement for diabetise philippinephilippines best diabetic herbmike enriquez ampalayaphil herbal […]

Diabetes Education for Pregnant Women

Pregnancy and diabetes pose unique challenges. Educating pregnant women with diabetes is an extraordinary opportunity to impact two lives at one time. As a diabetes educator, you will have the chance to meet and take care of all kinds of inspirational women, in all stages of pregnancy and all degrees of “paranoia.” You will need […]

Metformin: Beyond Lowering Glucose

“There are actually two things that I would like to take into account in diabetes treatment. One is of course lowering of blood sugar, as manifested by lowering of HbA1c, and, more importantly, reduction of weight of type 2 diabetic patients,” shared Dr. Augusto D. Litonjua, founding president of the Philippine Association for the Study […]

Use of correct insulin crucial in diabetes treatment

“Diabetes is an increasing problem in Asia, particularly in the Philippines. The number of people with diabetes will double in 15 or 20 years’ time,” said Professor Peter Tong of the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, in symposium organized by Sanofi Aventis held recently. Related terms:prices of pre-mixed […]

Weight Loss in Diabetes: A Lost Cause?

Mike Huckabee was a 135-kg man when he was elected governor of Arkansas in 1998. His weight was too much that the steps of the Arkansas capitol were so long and steep that he would be out of breath and exhausted by the time he reached the top of the stairs. In his book Quit […]