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Health Tip: Creating an Insulin Routine

Posted 15 Nov 2016 by

-- If you take insulin, you'll need to create a comfortable routine to keep blood glucose under control. The American Diabetes Association explains: Type 1 diabetes typically needs at least two daily injections of two different types of insulin. Type 2 diabetics may need just one daily shot of insulin. Monitor closely how your blood glucose responds to different activities, such as exercise and eating. Find the insulin delivery method that's best for you, whether it's a pen, pump or syringe. Don't forget to change the injection site periodically. Talk to your doctor if you're not sure that your insulin dose is appropriate. Read more

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

Tracking Blood Sugar in Pregnancy Might Lower Heart Defect Risk for Baby

Posted 14 Nov 2016 by

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 – Increases in a woman's blood sugar levels during early pregnancy may affect her baby's risk of congenital heart defects, a new study suggests. Researchers led by Dr. Emmi Helle of Stanford University in California measured blood sugar levels of more than 19,000 pregnant women during their first trimester. For every 10 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) increase in blood sugar, the risk of delivering a baby with a congenital heart defect rose about 8 percent, the study found. The study couldn't prove cause-and-effect. But, the research team said it's the first study to show a link between a mother's blood sugar levels early in pregnancy and a baby's risk of heart defects. The association between elevated blood sugar in early pregnancy and heart defect risk was greater than the predictive ability of what's known as the "oral glucose tolerance test," Helle's team ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Delivery, Pre-Diabetes, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Brain Anomalies incl Congenital, Gestational Diabetes, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Too Much Iron Linked to Gestational Diabetes

Posted 11 Nov 2016 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 10, 2016 – High levels of iron have been linked with an increased risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), begging the question whether routine recommendations of iron supplements are warranted, a new study says. The new research found that women with the highest iron levels during the second trimester of pregnancy had more than twice the risk of developing gestational diabetes, compared with women with the lowest iron levels. "Our study findings raise potential concerns about the recommendation of routine iron supplementation among pregnant women who already have sufficient iron," said study author Shristi Rawal. She's an epidemiologist with the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. But, the study only showed an association between iron levels and gestational diabetes; the research wasn't designed to prove a ... Read more

Related support groups: Iron Deficiency Anemia, Gestational Diabetes, Hemochromatosis, Iron Overload

Health Tip: Snacking Healthier With Diabetes

Posted 1 Nov 2016 by

-- Just because you have diabetes doesn't mean you can't enjoy a healthier snack once in a while. The American Diabetes Association suggests: Snack on whole grains, fruits and vegetables. These provide energy and help you feel fuller. Watch portion sizes. Use measuring cups and spoons. When you snack, don't forget to include the carb count in your daily total. Avoid snacking mindlessly while you're doing something else, such as driving or watching TV. Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Obesity, Weight Loss, Diabetes, Type 1, Insulin Resistance, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Gestational Diabetes

Can Pregnancy Problems Foretell Future Health Risks?

Posted 26 Sep 2016 by

MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 – Some pregnancy complications may signal a higher risk of health problems later in life, according to a heart specialist. High blood pressure (hypertension) or diabetes that develops during pregnancy usually gets better soon after delivery. But women who've had these conditions aren't off the hook, said Dr. Monika Sanghavi, a cardiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. "These women are at higher risk for developing hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in the future, and should be followed long term," Sanghavi said in a hospital news release. Up to 6 percent of pregnant women develop diabetes during pregnancy (called gestational diabetes). Meanwhile, about 7 percent of women develop high blood pressure during pregnancy, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. "Cardiologists call pregnancy nature's stress test," said ... Read more

Related support groups: High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Type 2, Obesity, Hypertension, Insulin Resistance, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Gestational Diabetes, Hypertensive Heart Disease, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Is Summer Peak Time for Diabetes Tied to Pregnancy?

Posted 14 Sep 2016 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2016 – Gestational diabetes – which arises during pregnancy – may be more common in the summer than in other seasons, new Swedish research suggests. The study couldn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship between seasons and gestational diabetes rates. However, the researchers reported that rates of the condition jumped from about 3 percent of pregnancies in March, to almost 6 percent in June. One U.S. expert said the finding shouldn't change current obstetric guidelines, however. The research "merits further evaluation," said Dr. Robert Courgi, an endocrinologist at Northwell Health's Southside hospital in Bay Shore, N.Y. But, for now, "all women – with or without a history of gestational diabetes – should plan on checking their sugar during their pregnancy, regardless of the season," he said. According to the American Diabetes Association, up to 9.2 percent of ... Read more

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Diabetes During Pregnancy Could Pose Harm to Baby

Posted 13 Sep 2016 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2016 – Babies born to women with either diabetes or gestational diabetes – diabetes that arises during pregnancy – are at greater risk for complications at birth, a new study suggests. Those complications can be serious and include low blood sugar, malformations and being born either too large or too small, according to the new Italian study. One obstetrician in the United States wasn't surprised by the findings. "This study validates what we have known for a long time and have stressed to our patients about diabetes," said Dr. Navid Mootabar, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y. "Poorly controlled diabetes can result in poor outcomes during a pregnancy," he said. For the study, a team led by Dr. Basilio Pintuadi, with the Niguarda Ca' Granda Hospital in Milan, analyzed the delivery outcomes of pregnant women with ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Diabetes, Type 1, Insulin Resistance, Delivery, Diabetes Mellitus, Premature Labor, Gestational Diabetes, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Cesarean Section, Prematurity/Underweight in Infancy, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Fatty Fish May Curb Eye Risks for Diabetics, Study Finds

Posted 18 Aug 2016 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 – Two servings of fish a week may be enough to lower the heightened risk for blindness that those with diabetes face, a new Spanish study suggests. Diabetic retinopathy is a serious complication of type 2 diabetes resulting from a drop-off in blood supply to the patient's retina. According to lead researcher Aleix Sala-Vila, it is the most frequent cause of diabetes-related blindness. "We wanted to [see] whether regular consumption of seafood – fatty fish in particular – in the absence of any advice to increase seafood consumption or fish oil supplementation decreased the risk of diabetic retinopathy," explained Sala-Vila, a researcher at the Centro de Investigacion Biomedica en Red in Barcelona. Sala-Vila's team focused on patients whose overall diet was already composed of mostly low-fat or plant-based foods. That said, the team found that those who consumed ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Diabetes, Type 1, Fish Oil, Lovaza, Insulin Resistance, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation and Deficiency, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Omega-3, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Omacor, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Gestational Diabetes, Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids, MaxEPA, Animi-3, Omega 3-6-9 Complex, Marine Lipid Concentrate, Restora, EPA Fish Oil

Pregnancy Problems More Likely With Baby Boys, Study Suggests

Posted 29 Jul 2016 by

FRIDAY, July 29, 2016 – Serious pregnancy complications are more likely when women are carrying baby boys, new research suggests. After analyzing more than half a million births in Australia, researchers said the baby's gender could be linked to the health of both mother and child. "The sex of the baby has a direct association with pregnancy complications," said study first author Dr. Petra Verburg, of the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide in Australia. Boy babies were more likely to be born early, which sets up infants for more health problems. Also, women carrying boys were slightly more likely to have diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and pre-eclampsia, a serious high blood pressure condition, when ready to deliver, the study authors said. Although it isn't totally clear why this is so, "there are likely to be genetic factors," Verburg said. ... Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, Delivery, Premature Labor, Labor Induction, Postpartum Bleeding, Cervical Ripening, Apnea of Prematurity, Gestational Diabetes, Labor Pain, Cesarean Section, Prematurity/Underweight in Infancy, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation, Hyperemesis Gravidarum with Metabolic Disturbance

Exercise May Keep Diabetes in Check During Pregnancy

Posted 27 Jul 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 – Obese pregnant women can reduce their risk of gestational diabetes – diabetes during pregnancy – and lower their blood pressure by exercising as little as three times a week, a new study finds. "It's important to reduce obesity-related pregnancy complications because they can have long-term consequences for both the mother and her child," study leader Dr. Trine Moholdt, from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, said in a university news release. "We advise all women to exercise during pregnancy, as long as there aren't any medical reasons that prevent them from exercising," Moholdt added. Obese women face higher risks of complications, such as gestational diabetes and high blood pressure. They may also gain more weight during pregnancy than their slimmer counterparts. Obese pregnant women are also more likely to undergo cesarean section ... Read more

Related support groups: Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Gestational Diabetes, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Health Tip: Diabetes Can Harm Your Feet

Posted 2 Jun 2016 by

-- 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, Insulin Resistance, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Gestational Diabetes, Foot Care

Gestational Diabetes May Lead to More Body Fat on Babies

Posted 12 May 2016 by

THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 – Babies born to mothers who had gestational diabetes may be more likely to carry excess fat in early life, new research suggests. At 2 months of age, the babies of mothers with gestational diabetes had 16 percent more body fat than babies of mothers without the disorder. This finding is in contrast to their body fat at birth, when fat levels in both groups were about the same overall, the researchers said. "Gestational diabetes is becoming more and more common, and babies born to these mothers are at increased risk of developing diabetes when they grow up. Therefore, we need to understand what effects maternal diabetes has on the baby," said study lead author Karen Logan of Imperial College London. "This new study suggests diabetes in the mother can trigger changes in the baby at a very early stage," Logan explained in a college news release. Although the study ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Delivery, Premature Labor, Labor Induction, Gestational Diabetes, Cesarean Section, Labor Pain, Prematurity/Underweight in Infancy, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Cost of Insulin Rises Threefold in Just a Decade: Study

Posted 5 Apr 2016 by

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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A Wearable Patch Might Help Manage Diabetes Painlessly

Posted 22 Mar 2016 by

MONDAY, March 21, 2016 – An experimental device might one day literally take the pain out of managing diabetes, Korean researchers say. The new invention uses a patch to monitor blood sugar levels via sweat, and delivers the diabetes drug metformin through the skin with microneedles. "Diabetics are reluctant to monitor their blood glucose levels because of the painful blood-gathering process," said study author Hyunjae Lee, from Seoul National University in the Republic of Korea. "We highly focused on a noninvasive monitoring and therapy system for diabetics." The findings were published online March 21 in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. The study team was led by Dae-Hyeong Kim, at Seoul National University. Funding for the study was provided by the Institute for Basic Science in the Republic of Korea. Currently, people with diabetes have two options for monitoring blood sugar ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Diabetes, Type 1, Insulin Resistance, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA), Diagnosis and Investigation, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Gestational Diabetes, Intravenous Insulin Drip

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

Posted 9 Mar 2016 by

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

Related support groups: High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Type 2, Seizures, Hypertension, Asthma, Heart Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, High Cholesterol, Heart Attack, Schizophrenia, Mania, Schizoaffective Disorder, Angina, Diabetic Neuropathy, Seizure Prevention, Upper Respiratory Tract Infection, Insulin Resistance, Diabetic Nerve Damage

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