Monday, June 28th, 2010 at 3:02 am
Effective blood pressure manage is an essential goal for diabetic patients. The dangers of higher blood pressure in diabetics are so significant that some studies have suggested that well-controlled blood pressure in diabetic patients makes a more powerful impact on long-term health (quality of life, number of complications, ultimate lifespan) than does tight blood sugar manage. While that doesn’t mean you ought to ignore your blood sugar goals, it does reinforce the concept that controlling blood stress is an important objective.
Within the setting of diabetes, the target blood pressure is <130/80. The topic of target blood pressures has been well-researched, and several large studies have consistently shown that significant improvements in lengthy term cardiovascular and kidney health do not become apparent until blood stress is reduced to this level. For this reason, doctors tend to be very aggressive when devising treatment plans for diabetic sufferers.
Some studies have suggested that certain groups of diabetic sufferers — like those with preexisting kidney problems — benefit most from blood pressures less than 120/80. Data has shown that the risk of cardiovascular problems and further kidney damage approach their lowest measurable values within this range. Because it is difficult to reduce blood pressure to this level, it is a recommendation usually reserved only for specific patients.
The official guidelines of both the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association state that blood pressures within the range of 130-139/80-89 should first be treated with “non-pharmacologic” (no medicine) options. These options include:
- Weight loss
- Salt restriction
- Dietary changes
- Quitting smoking
- Limiting alcohol intake
In sufferers without diabetes, strict adherence to these rules very often leads to significant drops in blood pressure, enough so that drug therapy may not be needed. While the same can occur in diabetic patients, it is less common, and drug therapy is usually needed. These changes are still worthwhile, though, because they increase the effectiveness of the drug therapy and ultimately lead to better blood pressure manage.
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Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 at 8:49 pm
Diabetic can eat pineapple?
Pineapple contains a proteolytic enzyme bromelain, which breaks down protein. Pineapple juice can thus be used as a marinade and tenderizer for meat. The enzymes in raw pineapples can interfere with the preparation of some foods, such as jelly or other gelatin-based desserts.
The bromelain breaks down in cooking or the canning process, thus canned pineapple can generally be used with gelatin. These enzymes can be hazardous to someone suffering from certain protein deficiencies or disorders, such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.
Raw pineapples also should not be consumed by those with hemophilia or by those with kidney or liver disease, as it may reduce the time taken to coagulate a consumer’s blood
Consumers of pineapple have claimed that pineapple has benefits for some intestinal disorders and others believe it serves as a pain reliever; others claim that it helps to induce childbirth when a baby is overdue.
Pineapple is a good source of manganese (91 %DV in a 1 cup serving), as well as containing significant amounts of Vitamin C (94 %DV in a 1 cup serving) and Vitamin B1 (8 %DV in a 1 cup serving).
Therefore, dDiabetic can eat a certain amount of pineapple within blood sugar levels as stable circumstances.
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Friday, April 17th, 2009 at 5:24 am
Diabetic feet is very important.First, diabetes can reduce blood flow to your feet, depriving your feet of oxygen and nutrients. This makes it more difficult for blisters, sores, and cuts to heal. And second, the diabetic nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy can cause numbness in your feet.When you can’t feel cuts and blisters, you’re more likely to get sores and infections.So diabetes can mean double trouble for your feet.
Diabetic peripheral neuropathy can also cause sharp pain in your feet. You may become excruciatingly sensitive to the lightest touch, like the sheets on your bed.If you don’t notice or treat the sores, they can become deeply infected, and lead to amputation. A sad reality: having a toe, foot, or lower leg surgically removed is 10 times more likely in people with diabetes.
10 Tips to Protect Diabetic Feet
Foot Care Tip 1. Check both feet daily.
Look over both feet carefully every day, and be sure you check between all of your toes. Blisters and infections can start between your toes, and with diabetic neuropathy, you may not feel them until they’ve become irritated or infected. If a physical challenge keeps you from checking your own feet, ask a family member to help.
Foot Care Tip 2. Wash with warm – not hot – water.
Wash both of your feet briefly each day with warm – not hot – water. You may not be able to feel heat with your feet, so test the water with your hands first. Avoid soaking too long in water, since waterlogged sores have a harder time healing. Dry your feet right away, and remember to dry gently between all of your toes.
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Monday, April 13th, 2009 at 9:03 am
Are You at Risk for Diabetic Neuropathy?If you have diabetes, chances are good that you already have some form of nerve pain or nerve damage, called diabetic neuropathy.You may have tingling, pain, or numbness in your feet and hands — common signs of the diabetic nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy.Sometimes, nerve damage starts even before a person is diagnosed with diabetes. Or you may have damage to the nerves that send signals to your heart, stomach, bladder, or sex organs, called autonomic neuropathy. Nerve damage can also be “silent,” meaning you have no symptoms at all.
As many as 54 million Americans have prediabetes — a condition where blood sugar levels are abnormally high, but not high enough to qualify as diabetes — says the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Add to that the nearly 21 million Americans already coping with full diabetes, and you can see how common nerve pain may be.
A healthy lifestyle helps lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, and other diabetes complications, as well. So know your risk for complications, and work to control the ones you can control.
1. You’ve Had Diabetes for Many Years.
The risk: Nerve pain and damage is more common in people who have had diabetes for more than 25 years.
What you can do: Do your best to monitor your blood sugar at home as often as advised by your doctor. The NDIC also advises having the A1c test, a blood test that measures your average amount of blood glucose over the previous 2 to 3 months, at least twice a year.
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Saturday, January 31st, 2009 at 3:58 am
Glucan lowers lipid leels of serum BERLIN Barley – results of a study published in the April shows, the first international conference on pre-diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
In six weeks of study, the 76-year-old female and male high cholesterol, aged25 79, complete 73 low-fat diet before the baseline. In the beginning of the trial, participants were randomly assigned to the test results of the treatment group and control group of blood and other or cardiovascular disease markers. During the study, the test group gives three and five grams of low molecular weight (LMW) or high molecular weight (HMW) barley glucan (twice daily, then in cereal and juice.
Posttreatment assessment of blood lipids and other CVD biomarkers revealed improvements in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, triglycerides, markers of glycemic control
(glycosylated hemoglobin, HOMA model) and a key marker of inflammation(hs-CRP).
The researchers concluded both doses of LMW and HMW barley beta-glucan improved blood lipids over a six-week treatment period.
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