Monday, 13 June 2011

Treatment for Diabetes

Diabetes or Diabetes Mellitus is a condition wherein a person’s body is unable to regulate the glucose level in blood. These glucose levels are controlled by a hormone called insulin. The disturbances in the level of insulin lead to increase in glucose levels in blood, resulting in Diabetes mellitus.

Symptoms of Diabetes

  • weight loss, frequent urination deep breathing              
  • vomiting, itchy skin, sores that take time to heal
  • abdominal pain, blurred vision, numbness of hands or feet
  • frequent skin, gum or vaginal yeast infections
  • extreme thirst and hunger, fatigue or unusual tiredness

Goal of treatment for Diabetes

The main goal of treating diabetes is to lower blood sugar to a normal level. Lowering and controlling blood sugar may help prevent or delay complications of diabetes such as heart disease, kidney disease , blindness and amputation. High blood sugar can be lowered by diet and exercise and by certain medicines.  
Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes with  Sitagliptin (Januvia)
Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which body does not make enough insulin, and the insulin that body produces does not work as well as it should. Body can also make too much sugar. When this happens, sugar [glucose] builds up in the blood. This can lead to serious medical problems.
Recent Approach For Type 2 Diabetes – Sitagliptin (Januvia)

*Sitagliptin (Januvia) helps to improve the level of insulin after a meal
*It decreases the amount of sugar made by the body
*It works when blood sugar is high, especially after a meal. This is when the body needs the greatest amount of help in lowering blood sugar. It also lowers blood sugar between meals.
 *It is unlikely to cause low sugar [Hypoglycemia] because it does not work when blood sugar is low 

Medical Treatment Can control Diabetes
Diabetes is a disease that require  dietary intervention along with medical treatment. Medications are only a part of the treatment/. What is also needed is a healthy lifestyle behavior that will allow the medication to work more effectivel. This comes with a healthy, well balanced diet as well as a regular exercise routine.
Insulin Cures Diabetes-Insulin is a medicine that helps to keep the levels of blood glcose in the near normal range. 

The primary goal in the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers is to obtain wound closure as expeditiously as possible. The resolution of foot ulcers and decreasing the rate of recurrence can lower the probability of lower extremity amputation in patients with diabetes. Orthotics are custom made devices which serve to correct misalignments and relieve pressures in the foot.


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*Upper respiratory infection
*Stuffy nose and sore throat
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MV Hospital collaborating with WHO 
MV hospital for Diabetes has launched a manual on prevention of childhood obesity and diabetes, first of its kind to spread awareness in the country about these issues. In future also MV hospital will be driving several such big-canvas initiatives that impact childrens lives powerfully and meaningfully.
A Brief on the Manual on Prevention of Childhood Obesity : 
The Manual includes information relating to the prevalence of diabetes in India, Metabolic Syndrome, Obesity-causes and growth charts and deals with methods to diagnose overweight and obesity among children and the means of preventing them. It will be distributed to schools all over India. It will also be translated into Tamil and supplied to all government schools
Good news for patients with Diabetic neuropathy..
The anti oxidant - Lipoic acid has shown promising results in treating Diabetic neuropathy in a trial conducted in Israel, Russia and Germany. Symptoms like stabbing pain, burning pain, paresthesia and numbness diminished in the group taking supplements of - Lipoic acid when compared to the placebo. Maximum reduction achieved was 62% and this was dose related. But the only disadvantage is that higher doses of - Lipoic acid were associated with nausea.


• Stop smoking
• Eat healthy food
• Maintain a healthy body weight
• Exercise regularly
• Limit salt intake in the diet


Controlling diabetes is an art. If you want to be an expert follow
the 10 tips mentioned here.
Monitor blood sugars level regularly.                                     
Take your diabetic medication at the correct time.
Read food labels.
Eat at regular times.
Learn the carbohydrate count of foods.
Select the right food items when eating outside your home.
Exercise daily. (30 – 60 minutes).
Examine your feet regularly.
Don’t forget about your heart. (increase exercise and decrease saturated fats).
Know your A1c Haemoglobin value (sugar control for the past three months).
Report to your doctor regularly.

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