Need to address an elevated fasting blood sugar

Fasting hyperglycemia

Imagine that despite not having eaten anything for almost 8 hours, your blood sugar can still be elevated! You may wonder, how is that possible? There are several mechanisms at play here. For a lay person, it is just important to remember that the carefully designed body has its own systems in place to adjust and maintain normalcy and prevent errors. It is only when we challenge the system beyond its capacity or ignore its basic needs that a problem arises! Continue reading “Need to address an elevated fasting blood sugar”

Management of Postprandial hyperglycemia

In our previous blog on postprandial blood sugars we saw that high levels are associated with a myriad of complications. Largely, we know that the food intake corresponds with blood sugar response, but in some cases the dose of insulin or oral drug may be inappropriate. The approach to management of postprandial hyperglycemia (PPH) can focus on different aspects including diet, exercise and medication or insulin

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High postmeal sugars – Whats the big deal?

How your blood sugar behaves upon eating depends upon factors such as the type, amount and composition of the food consumed. The blood sugar response after consuming food is called the post-meal or postprandial blood sugar and is usually recorded 2 hours after the meal is completed.  This test is very vital in understanding the status of diabetes as high postprandial sugars give rise to complications such as diabetic retinopathy (eye problems), diabetic nephropathy (kidney problems), diabetic neuropathy (nervous disorders) and also brain stroke and heart disease.

Postprandial blood sugars

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Diabetic’s date with Dried dates!

Diabetic’s date with Dried dates!

In clinical practice ,  diabetic patients receive conflicting messages from health educators regarding the advisability of consuming dates, with some suggesting restraint or even avoidance as a means to improve glycemic control. However, this appears to conflict with findings from previous studies demonstrating that dates have low to medium glycemic responses.

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Truth behind Diabetic sweets

truth behind diabetic sweets

Desserts, mithais and all other kinds of sweet delicacies are restricted in the diet of individuals suffering from diabetes. Media suggests that using a sweetener instead of sugar in a brownie, nankhatai or even gajar halwa can allow diabetics to indulge their sweet tooth with little guilt.

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Use of Insulin to control Diabetes

Use of insulin for diabetes

If your doctor has recently recommended using injected insulin to control your type 2 daibetes it can be intimidating! Imagining taking a injection or giving yourself a shot everyday is not a pleasant thought. However, you need to understand that insulin is your health giving substance that enables you to live a normal life and avoid serious duabetes related complications. Over a period of time, you will get used to taking the insulin shot and it will come as second nature to you. Continue reading “Use of Insulin to control Diabetes”

Impact of uncontrolled diabetes

Impact of unctontrolled diabetes

Diabetes is caused when the blood glucose (blood sugar) level is too high & it affects proper functioning of the body. The blood sugar levels is maintained by insulin which is hormone produced by pancreas.

Type 1 diabetes is caused when body doesn’t produce any insulin at all, while type 2 diabetes is caused when body doesn’t produce sufficient insulin to control your blood sugar.

Diabetes is a progressive diseases and usually worsens with age. The consequences of uncontrolled diabetes can be visible on the entire body & its organs –  heart, foot, skin, kidneys, eyes, sexual organs, nervous system and many more. Continue reading “Impact of uncontrolled diabetes”

Who is at increased risk for kidney disease?

Human body contains a pair of kidneys in the abdomen, whose function is to filter the blood. Entire blood in our body passes through the kidneys several times during the day! The role of kidneys is to remove wastes, form urine, control body’s fluid balance & regulate electrolyte balance. Kidney disease can severely impair proper functioning of the body, chiefly due to accumulation of water and toxic substances in the body.

Who’s at Increased Risk for Kidney Disease?

  • Anyone with high blood pressure, diabetes
  • Anyone with a family history of kidney failure
  • African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders and American Indians
  • Anyone age 60 and older
  • Individuals who are obese (body mass index of 30 or above)

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How diabetes impacts your ageing body?

How diabetes impacts your ageing body?

Diabetes is a long-term medical condition that develops due to prolonged high levels of sugar in blood. It is typically manifested when:

– Body fails to produce insulin at all (leading to type 1 diabetes), or

– When it doesn’t produce enough insulin for proper functioning (leading to type 2 diabetes).

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.

Diabetes is often labeled as a silent killer since it can cause several health complications in long run. It is a progressive disease and can often worsen with time. A huge chunk of population is, in fact, unaware that they have diabetes! Continue reading “How diabetes impacts your ageing body?”