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Health Tip: Caring for Foot Ulcers

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Foot ulcers are wounds that commonly develop under the big toe or on the balls of the feet. They're common among people with diabetes. To care for a foot ulcer, the American Diabetes Association suggests: See your healthcare provider about an ulcer, even if it doesn't hurt, to prevent possible infection and serious complications. Get rest and stay off your feet if you have an ulcer. Use a brace, cast or special shoe if your doctor recommends it. Keep blood sugar under control. Continue to care for your foot carefully after the ulcer heals, and wear special shoes that offer better protection. Read more

Related support groups: Diabetic Neuropathy, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Diabetes Mellitus, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Foot Care

Health Tip: Diabetes Can Harm Your Feet

Posted 2 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Foot problems are common among people with diabetes. Even a simple injury can turn into a big problem if you don't catch and treat it quickly. The American Diabetes Association mentions these typical foot problems: Developing nerve damage (neuropathy). Developing a change in the shape of your feet. Developing drying, peeling or cracking of the feet, which requires frequent moisturizing. Formation of calluses that may turn into open sores. Formation of sores that form from wearing shoes that don't fit properly. Having poor blood flow to the feet, which can lead to infection and slow healing. Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Diabetes, Type 1, Diabetic Neuropathy, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Insulin Resistance, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Gestational Diabetes, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Foot Care

Prediabetes May Damage Nerves More Than Thought

Posted 12 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 12, 2016 – Prediabetes may cause more nerve damage than previously believed, researchers say. "The results of this new study add urgency to the need for more screening of those with the condition and faster intervention," said senior study author Dr. Michael Polydefkis, a professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The study included 62 people, including 52 with tingling and pain in their hands and feet – a condition known as neuropathy. Diabetes is a common cause of neuropathy, the researchers said. Thirteen participants had prediabetes, meaning their blood sugar levels were higher than normal but not yet at the point of diabetes. Over three years, the researchers found that those with prediabetes had damage over the entire length of small sensory nerve fibers, rather than just at the longest ends first. The findings challenge current ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Peripheral Neuropathy, Diabetic Neuropathy, Insulin Resistance, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Small Fiber Neuropathy, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance

Cost of Insulin Rises Threefold in Just a Decade: Study

Posted 5 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 – Americans with diabetes who rely on insulin to keep their blood sugar levels in check are facing sticker shock: A new study finds the price of insulin has tripled in only 10 years. Moreover, since 2010, per-person spending on insulin in the United States was more than spending on all other diabetes drugs, the study found. "The cost of insulin has risen rapidly over the last few years," said study senior author Philip Clarke, a professor of health economics at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Clarke added there should be an assessment to see whether this price hike is justifiable in terms of improved clinical outcomes. One reason for the price climb, he said, is a switch from human insulins to analog insulins, which cost more but may offer additional benefits. Also, doctors are more apt to prescribe insulin for people with type 2 diabetes now, Clarke ... Read more

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Diabetes May Raise Risk for Dangerous Staph Infection

Posted 11 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 11, 2016 – People with diabetes may be significantly more likely to develop potentially deadly "staph" blood infections than those without diabetes, a new study suggests. As the Danish researchers explained, Staphyloccus aureus bacteria live on the skin and are normally harmless. However, the germs can cause dangerous infections if they enter the bloodstream. In fact, the 30-day death rate from such infections is 20 percent to 30 percent, according to the research team from Aalborg University Hospital and Aarhus University Hospital. In their new study, the researchers tracked the medical records of 30,000 people in Denmark over 12 years. Overall, they found that people with any form of diabetes were almost three times more likely to acquire a staph blood infection outside of a hospital, compared to those without diabetes. The risk jumped to more than seven times higher ... Read more

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Triggers for Hyperglycemia

Posted 10 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Some people with diabetes may wonder what causes elevated blood sugar, medically called hyperglycemia. The American Diabetes Association explains these potential causes: Taking an insufficient insulin dose. Getting insufficient exercise. Eating too much. Being under emotional stress. Having a cold or the flu. Read more

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MS Patients May Be Prone to Other Chronic Illnesses, Study Finds

Posted 9 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 – People with multiple sclerosis (MS) are more likely to have other chronic health problems than those without the nervous system disorder, a new study indicates. Researchers looked at how common several chronic conditions – high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, chronic lung disease, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, inflammatory bowel disease, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia – were in nearly 23,400 people newly diagnosed with MS and more than 116,600 people without MS. The MS patients had higher rates of all the conditions, with high cholesterol being the exception. Their rates of mental illness, particularly depression, were also high. Nineteen percent of MS patients and 9 percent of those without MS had depression, the study found. For many of the chronic conditions, there were significant gender differences. High ... Read more

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Painkillers Don't Ease Disability Due to Nerve Damage: Study

Posted 1 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 – Taking prescription narcotic painkillers doesn't improve movement or reduce disability in people with pain related to nerve damage, researchers have found. "Even though [narcotic] medications can be a powerful pain killer, it does not necessarily mean improved function will follow. Pain is not the only factor in determining function," study lead author and pain expert Geoff Bostick, an associate professor of physical therapy at the University of Alberta in Canada, said in a university news release. The research included almost 800 patients with pain due to nerve damage, from causes such as diabetes and pinched nerves. Some were prescribed narcotic painkillers – such as morphine, codeine and Tylenol 3 – while others didn't receive the drugs. At 6-month and 12-month follow-ups, those who took the painkillers didn't show greater improvements in movement and ... Read more

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New Transplant Technique Might Free Type 1 Diabetics From Daily Injections

Posted 27 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 – Using a two-pronged approach, researchers report they were able to restore normal blood sugar levels for six months in mice with induced diabetes. But, while the research is promising, it's too soon for people with type 1 diabetes to start planning a life free of needles and injections just yet, experts said. The first part of the treatment was using insulin-producing pancreas cells generated from human stem cells employing a technique recently developed at Harvard. But the latest breakthrough came from MIT researchers, who developed a way to encapsulate the cells – called islet cells – before they were implanted in the mice, to protect them from the immune system. That's key for two reasons. One is that when you introduce foreign cells into the body, the immune system recognizes them as foreign and destroys them. This is why people who have organ ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 1, Diabetic Neuropathy, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Insulin Resistance, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Organ Transplant, Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA), Diabetic Retinopathy, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Intravenous Insulin Drip, Diabetic Coma

Nasal Spray May Give Diabetics Faster Treatment for Low Blood Sugar

Posted 18 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 18, 2015 – A new nasal spray might make rescue care easier for diabetics who are woozy or even unconscious due to severe low blood sugar, a new clinical trial suggests. The nasal spray contains powdered glucagon, a hormone that causes a prompt increase in blood sugar levels. The trial results showed that the nasal spray is nearly as effective in treating hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) as the only option currently available, a glucagon powder that must be mixed with water, drawn into a syringe and then injected into muscle. Because it is almost as effective but much easier to administer to an ailing person, the nasal spray could become the go-to treatment for severe hypoglycemia, said Dr. George Grunberger, a clinical professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit and president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. He was not involved ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Diabetes, Type 1, Diabetic Neuropathy, Hypoglycemia, Insulin Resistance, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Insipidus, Diabetes Mellitus, Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA), Diabetic Retinopathy, Glucagon, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, GlucaGen, Diabetic Ketoacidosis (in DM Type II), Diabetic Ketoacidosis (in DM Type I), Diabetic Coma (in DM Type II), Intravenous Insulin Drip, Diabetic Coma (in DM Type I), Diabetic Coma

Health Tip: Keeping Diabetes in Check During the Holidays

Posted 18 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

-- The holidays are a time of busy schedules, get-togethers and lots of food. If you have diabetes, it can be a tricky time of year. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these suggestions: Stick to your regular plans for exercise, diet and sleep schedule as much as possible. Eat regularly throughout the day, and use only a small plate. Fill up first on fruits, veggies and healthy fare, avoiding heavier recipes and alcohol. Check blood sugar often, ideally more often than usual. Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Diabetic Neuropathy, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Insulin Resistance, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Gestational Diabetes

Metformin May Not Help Obese Teens With Type 1 Diabetes

Posted 2 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 – Metformin is the standby drug for millions of people with type 2 diabetes, but a new study finds that adding it to insulin therapy won't boost blood sugar control for overweight teens with type 1 diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, which comprises about 5 percent of diabetes cases, the body is unable to produce the insulin it needs. So, supplemental insulin is a must for people with the disease. The new study was led by Kellee Miller of the Jaeb Center for Health Research in Tampa, Fla. As her team explained, young people with type 1 diabetes are at even higher metabolic risk if they become overweight or obese, especially in adolescence. That's because both obesity and puberty may cause the patient to require higher levels of supplemental insulin, complicating blood sugar control, the researchers said. Metformin – a pill taken to help lower blood sugar – is widely ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Metformin, Insulin, Diabetes, Type 1, Glucophage, Diabetic Neuropathy, Janumet, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Glucophage XR, ActoPlus Met, Glumetza, Glyburide/Metformin, Janumet XR, Avandamet, Jentadueto, Glucovance, Metformin/Pioglitazone, Fortamet

Health Tip: Stay Well Despite Diabetes

Posted 24 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Managing diabetes is a long-term job that requires careful planning to stay on top of your health. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises: Take daily steps to eat well, get exercise, inspect feet for wounds and take your medication. At each quarterly doctor visit, have a foot check and blood pressure check. Twice yearly, have a dental checkup and an A1C check. Once annually, have a cholesterol test and a test for kidney function. Get all doctor-recommended vaccines, including the annual one for flu. Have annual visits with an eye doctor and podiatrist. Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Diabetes, Type 1, Diabetic Neuropathy, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Insulin Resistance, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Gestational Diabetes, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance

Health Tip: Diabetes Can Take a Toll on Teeth and Mouth

Posted 10 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Diabetes, especially when uncontrolled, can cause damage to your mouth and teeth. The Mouthhealthy.org website says possible effects of diabetes on the teeth and mouth include: Dry mouth, due to decreased saliva production. Increased risk of cavities due to less saliva. Gingivitis, characterized by bleeding, inflamed gums. Difficulty tasting food. Slower healing of mouth wounds. Increased risk of infection. Among diabetic children. teeth emerging earlier than expected. Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Metformin, Insulin, Oral and Dental Conditions, Victoza, Xerostomia, Lantus, Toothache, Diabetes, Type 1, Januvia, Glucophage, Novolog, Burning Mouth Syndrome, Glipizide, Diabetic Neuropathy, Humalog, Janumet, Byetta, Insulin Resistance, Diabetic Nerve Damage

Uncontrolled Diabetes May Boost Dementia Risk

Posted 9 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 – Diabetes patients with high rates of complications from the disease may face increased risk for dementia, a new study suggests. "We found that as diabetes progresses and an individual experiences more complications from the disease, the risk of dementia rises as well," wrote Dr. Wei-Che Chiu, of the National Taiwan University College of Public Health, in Taipei. Better blood sugar control can help prevent the mental decline associated with diabetes, he and his colleagues said. They examined data from more than 431,000 people in Taiwan who were older than 50 and newly diagnosed with diabetes. Complications of diabetes include vision loss, kidney failure and nerve damage. Over 12 years of follow-up, more than 6 percent of the patients were diagnosed with dementia. Those with a greater number of diabetes complications were at higher risk for mental decline than ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Peripheral Neuropathy, Dementia, Diabetes, Type 1, Alzheimer's Disease, Diabetic Neuropathy, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Pre-Diabetes, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Diabetic Kidney Disease, Diabetes Mellitus, Diabetic Nephropathy, Arteriosclerotic Dementia, Diabetic Retinopathy, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Lewy Body Dementia, Retinopathy Prophylaxis

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