Diabetes

Factors Affecting Your Diabetes

Strength Training to Combat Insulin Sensitivity

Sometimes efforts to prevent higher level of blood sugar level lead to a condition called hypoglycemia or low blood sugar and in that case, a diabetic feel deprived of energy but sometimes it becomes very difficult to know whether this weakness is due to hypoglycemia or some other reason but following are the symptoms of hypoglycemia that may help you know whether it is due to low blood sugar level or due to some other reason.

  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Constant hunger
  • Rapid heart beating or dizziness

These are some signs of hypoglycemia and if diabetics find any of these signs then they must understand that it can be due to low blood sugar level or hypoglycemia and to tackle this condition successfully he or she should consult immediately.

Strength training has many benefits and this time another study by the French researchers have come up bringing out another benefit of it for you. This new study shows that resistance training could help fighting against inflammation of internal tissues and organs. The main thing that leaped out of this study states that with the help of strength training, insulin sensitivity can be ameliorated.

Strength training was also found helpful in fighting against coronary artery disease and cancer. Bringing out the similar results, another study has also backed up this fact. Actually, this study found that 16 weeks of strength training whereas improved insulin resistance, it reduced body fat as well and at the same time helped increasing lean body mass by 91 percent. These results about resistance training has break the old belief that strength training is bound to increase strength and muscle size only, rather it also helps rejuvenating our internal organs.

With 20.8 million children and adults, i.e. 7% of the US population suffering from diabetes, we are surely living at an ‘epicenter’ of the disease and hence both defiance and despair.

Unfortunately, an estimated only 14.6 million have been diagnosed, with 6.2 million people — nearly one-third – are unaware of their bearing the disease. To add to the prevailing problems, and the increasing trend, the painful medications or ‘jabs’ discourage many diabetics from continuing with the treatment.

But, here is a new solution to the painful anti-diabetic jabs – a new insulin pill! Ah! So, the pill could mean an end to those painful injections for the UK’s 2 million and US’s 20.8 million diabetics, especially the young children who often fear needles. Thanks to the Jersey-based company Diabetology for conducting this breakthrough research. The research claims that a ‘twice-daily’ oral dose of an insulin pill, taken before breakfast and the evening meal can successfully control glucose levels in patients. This development surely promises a needle-less future’ for the diabetics.

How Pollution Contributes to Risks of Diabetes

If you dwell in the area, where toxic waste is prevalent, then you are more likely to turn out a diabetic. A new observational study, which tracked hospitalization rates for patients in New York between 1993 and 2000, has given vent to this view. Researchers believe that people are mainly exposed to these toxic wastes by eating animal fats and air which they breathe in.

However, the chief factor of toxic waste that turn people more vulnerable to diabetes is still obscured but it is being supposed that, as the liver, which might alter the gene that regulates insulin sensitivity, cannot break down these compounds. At the same time, this assumption is also in the air that PCBs can influence fat retention in the body, which may higher up the chances of diabetes. Make sure to read these articles too for more insight:

  1. Air Pollution Increases Risk of Heart Disease in Diabetics
  2. Air Pollution Increases Death Risk in People with Diabetes, Heart Failure, COPD or Rheumatoid Arthritis
  3. Air Pollution Could Cause Problems for Diabetics.

Diabetics have always been considered at higher risk of kidney failure. But more confounding is the fact that between the time periods of 1995 to 2004, the number of diabetics with end-stage kidney failure have almost doubled. This startling fact crept out through a report released on Wednesday. The same report further stated that the number of new cases of kidney failure jumped 114 per cent, from just under 1,100 in the first year to more than 2,100 cases in 2004.

Unfortunately, in the same period a boom in type 2 diabetes cases have also been registered. Expressing deep concern on this issue Margaret Keresteci, CIHI’s manager of clinical registries remarked: Diabetes is the fastest growing cause of end-stage renal disease… Diabetes is now a factor in more than 40 per cent of all registered patients with end-stage renal disease, up from 25 per cent a decade ago. This revelation is terrifying as this report states that diabetics are more vulnerable to renal disease, which is quite a grim health problem. More obfuscating is the fact that in the recent years more and more people have been beleaguered by diabetes, which indicates that they are now more exposed to renal disease or kidney failure. Besides, there are many other harmful complications that come flocking with diabetes. Therefore, where people should move on with a healthy eating habit and lifestyle, at the same time further studies, aiming at better solution to diabetes, should also be carried out.

No doubts that an excess of sugar intake, lack of physical exercise together with hereditary factors make the situation ripe for development of diabetes…but off lately another new factor has been added into this list. According to a recent study, improved hygiene and clean environmental living conditions have added into the risk of diabetes particularly the type 1 diabetes. Trends show that cases of type-1 diabetes have become five-fold in children over the last 20 years. “It could be a result of people being exposed to fewer infections. Some scientists believe this is why rates of asthma are also rising. The immune system is supposed to fight infection but in asthma and type 1 diabetes it gets misdirected,” opines a researcher Polly. The increase is too sharp and fast to be blamed upon genetic factors, so changes in environment can be another major cause, details of which are still to be identified and discussed in detail.

Perhaps very soon patients with type 2 diabetes would be able to have better treatment as researchers claim that they have mapped out the most important gene called SLC30A8, involved in regulating insulin secretion and hence plays a crucial role in keeping people at higher risk of type 2 diabetes.

Researchers are quite confident that with this finding they would be able to able to impart type 2 diabetics with better treatment. Uncovering the importance of this study Researcher, Professor Philippe Froguel, from Imperial College London, said:

“Our new findings mean that we can create a good genetic test to predict people’s risk of developing this type of diabetes. If we can tell someone that their genetics mean they are predisposed towards type 2 diabetes, they will be much more motivated to change things such as their diet to reduce their chances of developing the disorder. We can also use what we know about the specific genetic mutations associated with type 2 diabetes to develop better treatments”.

It can be said that the hopes leaping out of this study really promise of better treatment for patients with type 2 diabetes. Still, talking too much on it would not be fair since these findings have sprung out as preliminary conclusions.

The Health Benefits of Black Soybeans

If you like having soybeans in your meal then prefer black ones (black soybeans) because it has been found helpful in controlling weight gain and preventing diabetes. Moreover, it has also been found helpful in bringing down cholesterol level, which means it is good for cardiovascular health too. These medicinal properties of black soybeans sprang out from a study conducted by South Korean researches in which they monitored the effects of black soybeans on two groups of mice. In study it was found that, the group, which received ten per cent of its energy from black soya beans, put on half as much weight as the control group. It saw a 60 per cent drop in the ‘bad’,a LDL type of cholesterol. Deducing reason behind this David Bender says that Soya protein may be having an effect on fat metabolism in the liver and adipose tissue, reducing synthesis of new fatty acids and cholesterol Dubbing black soy as a healthy diet, Lynne Garton of the Soya Protein Association asserted: Soy fits in well to a healthy balanced diet, which is important in preventing diabetes – low in fat, high in fibre and a good source of complex carbohydrates. On the basis of facts, looming out of this study, it can certainly be said that diet consisting of black soybeans is good for health. Interestingly previous studies have also brought out its cholesterol fighting properties. For instance:

  1. It has been found helpful in treating infertility.
  2. It has been found quite effective against breast and ovarian cancer. However, we can also not keep a blind eye to the fact that soybean diet was much in news for being construed as a diet that stirs up homosexuality.

The Risk of Hip Fracture in Diabetics

The risk of hip fracture is 20 per cent higher in the elderly with diabetes, according to a study conducted by the Canadian researchers. Experts’ this postulation is based on the results that sprang out after tracking more than 197,000 residents of Ontario with diabetes who were 66 or older. As per the findings of this study, a majority of diabetics used to live in poorer neighborhoods and prescribed at least one drug that increased the likelihood of falls or decreased bone mineral density, increasing susceptibility to bone fracture. What makes diabetics more prone to hip fracture is still not very clear even to these researchers.

However, they believe that it could give rise to a serious problem because just in the last decade, in Ontario alone, there has been noticed an increase of 70 per cent in patients with diabetes. If we look at the findings of this study from a wide perspective then they look grimmer because Ontario is not the only part to see this much of rise in diabetes cases, in fact, the swelling tide of diabetes seems to have engulfed the whole world. And if we look at this situation from the eyes of this study, then we could say that a big part of world population (which is suffering from diabetes) is at higher risk of hip fracture. Actually, this is not the first study to show that diabetes is linked to bone fracture; since several studies conducted earlier have also done the same. Interestingly, where some studies have blamed diabetes for weaker bones at the same time some studies have blamed drugs, used by diabetics, for weaker bones. Therefore, further study on this subject would help bringing out the truth more precisely.

Here is a warning for those who irrationally use growth hormones to boost their athletic performance. Actually, in a study it has been found that irrational use of such growth hormones may turn a person more susceptible to diabetes. This fact was hurled through a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Interestingly, this study gives reference of a 36-year-old bodybuilder who required emergency care for chest pain to make their finding more conclusive. This bodybuilder admitted that he had been using artificial growth hormone and anabolic steroids for 15 years and when tests were conducted on him then it was found that his liver was inflamed, kidneys were enlarged and sugar level in his blood was also higher than normal level. Moreover, he was found dehydrated and diagnosed with diabetes. No doubt, growth hormones are also used sometimes to fight physical debility and to fight aging. However, recent studies have shown that using growth hormone can’t help turning back body clock. In addition, side effects of such growth hormones have also been naked time and again by studies.

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