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Diabetes Team

November 14, 2018 Category :Healthy Advocacy 0

Diabetes is a serious, common and costly disease that affects 4 percent of the Philippine population. Some 800,000 new cases are diagnosed annually. The complications of diabetes include cardiovascular disease, blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage, and lower extremity amputations. These complications subsequently result in higher rates of disability, increases in use of health care services, lost days from work, and unemployment, and decreased quality of life. » Continue Reading

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Early Intensive Glucose Control Lasts a Decade

November 10, 2018 Category :Diabetes Research 0

A 10-year follow-up of a landmark trial of intensive glucose control in type 2 diabetes has suggested that the clinical benefit was more than durable but rose with the passage of time, researchers reported recently.

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Vitamin B Complex for Diabetic Nerve Damage?

September 14, 2017 Category :Diabetes Facts 0

Are B complex vitamins effective for remedies for diabetic nerve damage?

Nerve damage due to diabetes or diabetic polyneuropathy presents with different types and symptoms. It may be painful but often presents with numbness. This is common, occurring in as much as 50 percent of diabetics, and is usually associated with poor glucose control. Majority of patients are prescribed a regimen of Vitamin B complex preparations for long periods of time. » Continue Reading

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Leg Cramps and Diabetes

September 6, 2015 Category :Diabetes Research 0

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of health illnesses worldwide. Among the population of diabetes, 10% of the diagnosed patients have Type 1 Diabetes and 90% have Type 2 Diabetes. The uncontrolled level of glucose can lead to serious complications, and one of which is leg cramps. Leg cramps and diabetes are associated because of hyperglycemia. When there is an abnormal glucose level in the blood, the body reacts causing excessive urination leading to dehydration. When a person has a polyuria, vitamins and minerals such as potassium depleted, which also causes leg cramps. In addition, leg cramps also occur to diabetes person when there is a nerve damaged on the extremities, and this is referred as diabetic neuropathy. When both upper and lower extremities are affected (arms and legs), this is diagnosed as diabetic peripheral neuropathy. The complication gets worst when the affected nerves are too damaged. It is either the person feels pain in the legs though there is no stimulation, or the nerves are too damaged that the person can no longer feel any pain.

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Diabetes and Weak Muscles

February 28, 2015 Category :Diabetes Research 0

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 it.

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Diabetes Skin Crawling

January 30, 2015 Category :Diabetes Facts 0

Skin Crawling is a sensation or feeling as if bugs are crawling under one’s skin. This sensation is medically termed as paresthesia, which is often accompanied by a prickling or burning feeling. This sensation frequently happens up in the arms, legs, hands and feet, but it can generally occur anywhere in the body. The skin sensation is similar to the feeling of having pins and needles pinching one’s muscles after a sustained pressure on a nerve such as when one’s body is fixed in a single position.

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Prevent Amputation for Diabetics

October 28, 2013 Category :Health Watch 0

Amputation of the legs is one of the most common complications of Diabetes. This often happens due to foot ulcers that decomposes and infects the muscles of the legs. This happens because most diabetics suffer from diabetic neuropathy or nerve damage. The numbness of their nerves fails to realize that they have foot injuries to the extent that they can lead to serious infections and worst to amputations. Whereas a normal person would easily detect a foot injury such as a blister, diabetics who suffer neuropathy are unable to feel the pain or the sensation of uneasiness of such injuries hence they only find about the injury after it gets worst.

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Foot Exam Basics for Diabetes Educators

June 12, 2012 Category :Diabetes Facts| Healthy Advocacy 0

Diabetes is a chronic disease which can lead to serious complications such as heart disease, kidney disease, retinopathy, stroke, peripheral arterial occlusive disease and diabetic neuropathy which diabetic foot is a part of. These complications are quite preventable with healthy lifestyle, good compliance to prescribed medications, proper education and regular visits to a doctor. However, among these complications, diabetic foot is one complication which is very much preventable with proper education on foot care.

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Excess Denture Cream Use may Lead to Nerve Damage

November 28, 2011 Category :Health Watch 0

Too much use of denture cream can lead to nerve damage, a recent study reveals. Researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas reported on four patients who habitually used “extremely large amounts”of dental cream and were found to develop neurological problems later on. All patients were found to have abnormally high zinc levels in their blood, along with abnormally low copper levels. Symptoms seen among patients included weakness in the hands, arms, and legs, poor balance, cognitive decline, and urinary incontinence.

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Acupuncture and Diabetes

September 13, 2011 Category :Diabetes Facts 0

Acupuncture as an ancient form of Chinese remedy has long been known to help people achieve balance. It apparently improves blood circulation to achieve harmony to the different organs of the body resulting in good health. The procedure involves inserting extremely thin needles around 5 to 20 in a typical treatment into the different parts of the body. The different parts on the skin where the needles are inserted apparently reflect the different organs that need the “balance.” The technique is believed to increase the flow of energy – known as chi – to improve the balance of your body.

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