The Right Foods for a Diabetic

Diabetes Mellitus is known to be one of the ten leading causes of death across the globe. In the US alone, statistics show that an estimated 21 million people or 7% of the population have diabetes. In addition, 54 million Americans have been diagnosed to have a pre-diabetic condition. In Canada, diabetes is known to be the 7th leading cause of death. These staggering reports were given by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases.

But despite the fact that diabetes is a chronic disease, it is a relief to learn that the condition is manageable. According to the American Diabetes Association based on its landmark study conducted during the 2002 Diabetes Prevention Program, people who are in the pre-diabetic stage can lower the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes through proper diet, correct physical activity and self-management education. Continue reading “The Right Foods for a Diabetic”

Can a Type 2 Diabetic Enjoy Alcoholic Drinks

If you’re a person with Type 2 Diabetes, perhaps you may be wondering if it’s possible for you to enjoy alcoholic drinks. Is it completely forbidden for a diabetic to drink alcohol? Will alcoholic drinks put his health a risk or in great danger?

The fact is, the effect of an alcoholic drink to a diabetic depends on the amount of alcohol he consumes. In fact, drinking a small amount of alcohol may actually help lower a person’s blood sugar levels. On the other hand, drinking more alcohol can result to increase of your blood sugar level. Just as it is important to exercise moderation with your eating habits, it is also important to practice moderation in drinking alcoholic beverages. Continue reading “Can a Type 2 Diabetic Enjoy Alcoholic Drinks”

Handling A Child With Diabetes

Taking care of a child with diabetes is definitely a big challenge. If you’re a parent or a guardian of a diabetic child, you must thoroughly educate yourself about diabetes and be fully aware of the risks associated with it.

The good news is, diabetes can be controlled. A child with Type 1 Diabetes becomes a lot easier to handle as he grows older. When a child learns how to talk and is finally able to communicate his feelings, managing the disease also becomes a lot less difficult.

Pay Attention to His Nutritional Needs

It is important to remember that your child is at a stage where his body and mind are still developing. Thus, it’s crucial that your child receives all the nutrition that his young mind and body needs. Of course, you should still need to be aware of his condition. Continue reading “Handling A Child With Diabetes”

Signs And Symptoms Of Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes is also known as non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. Unlike its Type 1 counterpart, people with Type 2 diabetes are able to produce insulin and therefore there is no need for insulin injections.

The problem is, either they have developed a resistance to insulin or their pancreas has stopped functioning properly. As a result, people with Type 2 diabetes can also experience excessively high blood sugar or blood glucose levels. Unlike Type 1 diabetes however, the risk of complications among Type 2 diabetics can be greatly reduced or prevented through proper diet, adequate exercise and regular monitoring of blood sugar levels.   Continue reading “Signs And Symptoms Of Type 2 Diabetes”

Dangerous Myths about Diabetes that Can Mislead You

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This article presents the myths about diabetes that are common in our society today.  Some of these beliefs started as mere hearsays which could bring unnecessary fear or carelessness in people.  Knowing the facts can encourage you to take the right steps to prevent diabetes.  Meanwhile, for people living with diabetes, knowing the truth about this disease can help you manage your condition more effectively. Continue reading “Dangerous Myths about Diabetes that Can Mislead You”