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Diabetes and Nutrition Recommendations

Diabetes is a result of problems with the pancreatic hormone insulin. Insulin controls the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood and the rate at which glucose is absorbed into the cells. The cells need glucose to produce energy. In people with diabetes, glucose builds up in the bloodstream instead of being taken into and used by the cells, leading to hyperglycemia (abnormally high levels of glucose in the blood).

Eventually, hyperglycemia leads to damaged blood vessels which in turn may cause eye disease, heart disease, peripheral and autonomic neuropathy (nerve damage in the limbs and internal organs), and diabetic nephropathy (kidney disease).
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Diabetes and Kidney Disease

How does diabetes cause kidney disease?

When our bodies digest the protein we eat, the process creates waste products. In the kidneys, millions of tiny blood vessels (capillaries) with even tinier holes in them act as filters. As blood flows through the blood vessels, small molecules such as waste products squeeze through the holes. These waste products become part of the urine. Useful substances, such as protein and red blood cells, are too big to pass through the holes in the filter and stay in the blood.

Diabetes can damage this system. High levels of blood sugar make the kidneys filter too much blood. All this extra work is hard on the filters. After many years, they start to leak. Useful protein is lost in the urine. Having small amounts of protein in the urine is called microalbuminuria.

When kidney disease is diagnosed early, (during microalbuminuria), several treatments may keep kidney disease from getting worse. Having larger amounts is called macroalbuminuria. When kidney disease is caught later (during macroalbuminuria), end-stage renal disease, or ESRD, usually follows.
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Diabetes Causes, Symptoms, Myths and Facts

Diabetes is a general term used to describe an elevation of glucose (blood sugar) levels in the body. The primary cause of diabetes is pancreatic failure. When the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin, or the produced insulin is not able to work effectively in the body, diabetes is the result.

Three Types Of Diabetes:

Type I Diabetes: This is also known as “insulin dependant” diabetes. Juvenile diabetes is a form of Type I. The cause of this type of diabetes is a lack of insulin or non-functioning insulin. In some cases, patients require insulin injections in order to bring their blood sugar levels to healthy standards.
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Diabetes – Cause and Warning Signs

Cause of Diabetes

When you have diabetes, your pancreas either produces insufficient insulin or no insulin or the insulin it produces cannot work because your body resists its action. As a result, the normal mechanism of blood sugar control breaks apart. Sugar, instead of going into the cells of your body to nourish them, accumulates in the blood, raising your blood sugar levels.

Also, because of the defect in insulin, sugar produced and released by the liver is not properly controlled, a condition that further raises blood sugar levels. Accumulation of excess sugar in the blood is harmful at least in three ways.
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What Medication Do You Take Most Often? 3

I use Motrin for everything. I use it for menstural cramps, muscle aches and pains, headaches and generally feeling lousy. It lasts for about 4-5 hours for menstrual cramps, takes away most headaches, and lasts about 6 hours for muscle pains (2-3 pill dosage). I have used Advil in the past and I KNOW it is the same, but maybe it is all in my head, but I think Motrin works best. My gyno even told me to take MOTRIN specifically for my cramps. And it helps as long as I don’t miss a dose. It is like clockwork with that pain.

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What Medication Do You Take Most Often?

The medicine that I use daily for two times a day is Glucophage (550) also known as Metformin. The reason I use it is not because I am diabetic but because I suffer from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Metformin is proving to be the best medicine in my case to control the Syndromes side effects like late or menstrual cycle, facial hair and weight gain. After years of struggling with these side effects I have finally become comfortable with the use of Glucophage, since the condition is life long I am happy that I have finally found something that I can rely on and works. PCOS is also a common cause of infertility in woman; this medicine helps in ovulation.

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Diabetes Pain Treatment

Pain Treatment drugs for people with diabetes

The below listed medicines and methods will provide you at least temporary relief from nerve pain and discomfort related to nerve damage:

– Simple pain killers such as aspirin and acetaminophen (Tylenol), or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) reduce or relieve nerve pain. If these medications do not help, the doctor may prescribe stronger NSAIDs such as diclofenac sodium (Voltaren), and diclofenac potassium (Cataflam) for pain relief.

– Capsaicin cream (ArthiCare, Zostrix), which contains extract of chili peppers and is available over-the-counter, is also usually helpful in relieving nerve pain in most people. This cream, when rubbed on the skin where you feel pain, blocks pain signals.
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Information on Diabetes

Here are a few facts about diabetes for you. Awareness of the common traits is the first step towards treating your condition effectively:

Did you know?

That diabetes is the 6th Leading cause of death in US with 150,000 deaths per year.
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Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes mellitus is a group of metabolic disorders with one common symptom hyperglycemia. It is characterized by high blood sugar (glucose) levels, which result from defects in insulin secretion, or action, or both. Diabetes mellitus, commonly referred to as diabetes, means “sweet urine.” Elevated levels of blood glucose (hyperglycemia) lead to spillage of glucose into the urine, hence the term sweet urine.

Normally, blood glucose levels are tightly controlled by insulin. When the blood glucose increases (for example, after eating food), insulin is released from the pancreas to normalize the glucose level. In patients with diabetes mellitus, the absence or insufficient production of insulin causes hyperglycemia. Diabetes mellitus is a chronic medical condition, means it can last a lifetime.

Impact of Diabetes
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Cholesterol

Abnormal cholesterol or its related fats, HDL and LDL, will cause premature heart disease and death. Know about it, treat it, and live longer.

Cholesterol is a type of a soft, fat like substance that acts as a source of fuel for our body and contributes to cell structure and helps to manufacture hormones. It is manufactured by the liver. Did you know that you did not need to eat any cholesterol to survive. Cholesterol can be made from other fats consumed by you.

Cholesterol is in animal foods, such as meat, eggs and dairy products as a natural component. You will also get cholesterol in most yummy desserts. Cholesterol is one of many fats that are in our bodies. There are good and bad forms of cholesterol as well.
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