What is type 1 diabetes?

Type 1 Diabetes is a disease that is caused by the bodies failure to produce insulin (specifically the pancreas), which prevents other cells in the body from getting the sugar they need and causing sugar to build up in the blood.

Most commonly known as "Juvenile Diabetes" http://www.jdf.org (since it typically starts in childhood), it is a disease with no known cure, though people live very long and healthy lives with Diabetes.


Diabetes treatment
Once you have been diagnosed with Diabetes, regardless of the type, you will need to work closely with your physician to develop a proper treatment plan that may include injected insulin, oral medications or other alternative methods of treatment which you have agreed on.

Diabetes nutritional guidelines
All of us know that a healthy diet helps contribute to proper weight management, our health as well our overall sense of well-being. If you have been diagnosed with any type of diabetes, a meal plan is a must for you. A carefully thought out meal plan will not only help control your weight (a critical factor for those dealing with diabetes) but will also assist you in maintaining your glucose levels at normal or nearly normal levels. Your overall meal plan should also take into consideration factors such as your activity levels, when you take your diabetes medications and what your weight goals might be (whether that is gaining or losing weight).

Explaining type 2 diabetes

Most often referred to as non-insulin dependent diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes affects between 90 and 95 percent of all the people who have diabetes (estimated to be 21 million people).

People with "Type 2 Diabete produce insulin naturally in their bodies (unlike Type 1) however, the body does not properly utilize the insulin which causes a buildup of glucose causing body cells to not work properly.


What does organ donation mean to the individual?
Many of us don't understand the value of organ donations and what it means to not only the family who is receiving the organ but what the donation means to the members of the family who are giving the organs. I'm going to share a letter I wrote to a group regarding organ donation in our family back in 1991.

Diabetic retinopathy
Retinopathy affects many diabetics. This retinal disease causes the nerve layer of your eye to become damaged. Retinopathy gets worse over time. Blood vessels weaken in your eye and fluid leaks into the retina. Left untreated, this can lead to blindness. Diabetics must pay special attention to any changes in their vision.

What is diabetic neuropathy?

Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage that is caused by diabetes, which often affects people who have high blood sugar levels, which damage the nerves throughout the body.

There are three basic types of neuropathy, peripheral neuropathy affects muscle strength and often the nerves in the feet and lower legs are affected. This type of neuropathy can lead to serious foot problems over time; autonomic neuropathy affects heartbeat, blood pressure, digestion and urination and focal neuropathy affects a single nerve (such as the wrist, back and chest or those that control eye muscles) and typically happens suddenly.


Gastroparesis: Symptoms and treatment
Gastroparesis is simply defined as a partial paralysis of the stomach caused by damage to the vagus nerve which can be caused by Parkinson's disease, Diabetes or stroke and in some instance by medications such as calcium channel blockers, certain narcotics or antidepressants.

What is gestational diabetes?
Characterized by high blood glucose levels found in the blood during pregnancy, between three and five percent of all pregnant women develop gestational diabetes. Caused by increased hormone production (made in the placenta) that interferes with the body's ability to manage insulin.

Aging: How to ease the pain of giving up driving

First of all, you don't have to be aged to have to give up driving, too often, those of us who are considered merely 'middle aged' also have to give up our drivers licenses.

I was 31 years old when I needed to give up my license. In the three (3) years I'd had my license I drove in excess of 200,000 miles, so you can tell from that number that I really enjoyed my car.


Exercise checklist for people with diabetes
A sensible exercise regiment is important for all of us. Did you know that those of us who suffer with diabetes could gain even more control over this devastating disease by regular exercise? You should not hesitate if you are a diabetic to speak with your doctor about what forms of exercise might help you get your diabetes under control.

Tips for avoiding diabetic retinopathy
Diabetic retinopathy is one of the possible long-term complications to consider when you are diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy can be avoided. These tips can help you reduce your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, or slowing the progression.

Hereditary disorders: Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)

It is a medically proven fact that RP (Retinitis Pigmentosa) is an inherited disease. What isn't necessarily clear is which children of parents who have the disease inherit this disorder.

Since genetic mutations can be passed from parent to children and depending on the inheritance pattern may affect some children and not others. For instance in the autosomal recessive pattern, parents carry the gene but do not have symptoms of their own and may have some children who do have RP and others who do not. In the autosomal dominant pattern, there is always one parent who not only carries the disease by is also symptomatic and the children may or may not be affected. If a family has an XLinked genetic inheritance pattern, only the male children will be affected but the female children will carry the genetic trace but may not suffer vision loss.


How is the order of nutrients determined on the nutrition label?
Since you made your New Years resolution to begin eating healthier you have been reading nutrition labels, but you are getting confused. There seems to be a consistency in how the labels are written. You often see fat at the top of your nutrition label, even if the number that follows it is 0. You might be wondering how the order of nutrients is determined on your nutrition label. In fact, the nutrition label is designed to help you follow your diet easier than ever!

Diabetes explained

People who suffer with diabetes do not produce enough insulin or their bodies do not use insulin effectively. Insulin turns food into energy. Obesity and a lack of exercise can factor into whether you develop diabetes.

More than 1/3 of the 21 million children and adults who have diabetes do not know it. Too often, diabetes symptoms including too frequent urination, extreme thirst and other simple symptoms are overlooked.


How childhood obesity can be avoided
In today's society, children are becoming victims of obesity nearly as often as adults. We all understand the dangers of obesity, but many of us are not sure how childhood obesity can be avoided. Parents are the most important role models for children.