Thursday, November 26, 2009

Diabetes Mellitus Myths and Facts!!

Myth: A diabetic patient is not allowed to consume any sugar.

Fact: - It is not true, small amount of simple sugar is allowed when consumed with a complex diet. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has given certain guidelines for a diabetic diet. The ADA diet is a balanced, nutritious diet that is low in fat, cholesterol and simple sugars. ADA consists of three meals in which total calories are evenly divided.

Myth: - All diabetes cases are same

Fact: - Diabetes mellitus cases are of two types- Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes mellitus is also known as insulin dependant diabetes or juvenile onset diabetes mellitus. In this disease the pancreas are unable to release insulin at all. It is found in young, lean individuals before 30 years of age

Type 2:- Type 2 diabetes mellitus is also known as non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM), or adult onset diabetes mellitus (AODM). In this disease, the pancreas can still produce insulin, but do so inadequately to meet their body's demands

Myth: - In United States, diabetes is rare.

Fact: - In United States 13 million people are suffering from diabetes mellitus and over 5 million of these people are not aware of that fact that they are having this disease. It is the third leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease and cancer. Diabetes has increased the risk of blindness, kidney disease and amputations.

Myth: - Diabetes has no early symptoms

Fact: - Elevated blood sugar levels and loss of glucose in the urine are some of the early symptoms of diabetes mellitus. High levels of glucose in the urine may also leads to dehydration. In some cases, diabetes may cause blurred vision.

Myth: - Insulin is the only treatment for diabetes

Fact: - Type 1 diabetes can be controlled by insulin, exercise and good diet. However type 2 diabetes may be treated by weight reduction, good diet and exercise.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Diabetes Diet Plan!!

Diet plays a vital role in controlling the diabetes. It can be used alone or else in combination with insulin doses or oral drugs. The main objective of diabetic diet is to control blood sugar levels by providing adequate nutrition. Furthermore it maintains ideal body weight. Diabetes diet is based on weight, height, sex, physical activity, age, nature of diabetes. Moreover while making a diet plan for diabetic patients; the dietician has to consider complications such as high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure.

It is necessary to plan a diet for diabetic patients because all foods contain not only carbohydrates but also some energy value. As glucose is a sugar released from carbohydrates, so if you want to control your blood sugar levels, you have to limit the consumption of carbohydrates. The diet plan which balances the intake of carbohydrates per day is known as “Exchange meal plan”. Moreover protein and fat present in the food are also converted to glucose in the body which has some effect on the blood sugar level.

There are certain factors which should be kept in mind while planning a diabetes diet:-

• Take at least 1.4 oz of fiber per day
• Instead of heavy meals, take small meals for 4-5 times
• Avoid taking carbohydrates 2 hours before bedtime
• Avoid taking fast foods and bakery products instead take whole cooked cereals
• Try to consume more of fresh fruits and vegetables

Friday, November 13, 2009

Information on Type 2 Diabetes

People at age 30 are normally at risk for Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes affect people with a family history of diabetes and especially those who are overweight. Steps for prevention include following an easy and appropriate diet, exercising regularly and taking dietary supplements.

Normally one experience type 2 diabetes symptoms but don't get a check up, since these systems can just be overlooked. The following are the symptoms that are associated with type 2 diabetes.

 Feeling thirsty.
 Having to urinate more than usual.
 Feeling more hungry than usual.
 Losing weight without trying to.
 Feeling very tired.
 Infections and cuts and bruises that heal slowly.
 Blurred vision.
 Numbness in your hands or feet.

At first, your blood sugar level may rise so slowly that you may not know that anything is wrong. It is important to find out early if you have diabetes because treatment can prevent damage to the body from diabetes.

Some risk factors for diabetes, like family history, ethnicity or age, cannot be changed, obviously. However, some other diabetes risk factors can be changed. The basic approach to attain this is by eating a healthier diet. Moreover, if you are overweight or have high blood pressure, modifying your lifestyle may help in preventing type 2 diabetes.

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