Diabetes, Insulin, Foot Care, and Obesity

Those with diabetes and thyroid disorder require early insulin

Those with type 2 diabetes are often treated with other medicine regimens and lifestyle changes first before insulin is added to their diabetes care routine.  A recent study has found though that those with diabetes and thyroid disease may need to start insulin therapy early on in their diabetes care.  Those with diabetes that got thyroid disease either before, in the same year, or after their diabetes diagnosis were reviewed to see how often insulin therapy was required for their diabetes care.  It was found that those diagnosed with thyroid disease before and within the same year as their diabetes were more likely to need insulin therapy as part of their diabetes care.  It is suggested that these findings can make healthcare providers more aware of the need for insulin in some of these patients with both diabetes and thyroid disease.
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Blood glucose control affects stroke risk

It is known that having diabetes can increase your risk of heart disease. However, a recent study has found that the less controlled your diabetes, the greater your risk of having a stroke.  Compared to women with healthy A1C levels below 7-percent, those with uncontrolled A1C levels above 8-percent had much greater risk of having a stroke.  The higher the A1C, the greater the stroke risk increased.  Therefore, it is suggested that blood glucose control should be taken into account when caring for the heart health of those with diabetes.
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A new medicine option for A1C control

If you have diabetes, you may be familiar with having to transfer your medicine from a vial to a needle for your daily injections. This can be an error-prone and painful process that you do not look forward to each day.  However, a recent report shows that the days of vial transfer are no more.  Recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Bydureon is a single-use, once-weekly injection pen that has been shown to greatly lower A1C levels.  This medicine does have some possible severe side effects though so it is best to always contact your healthcare provider and ask lots of questions before trying new medicines.
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Bariatric surgery and diabetes risk

Bariatric, or gastric bypass surgery, is used to help those with morbid obesity to lose weight.  However, a recent report has found that this procedure may also be used to lower your risk of getting diabetes and to treat the diabetes you may already have.  A surprising finding in one of the reviewed studies is that weight loss was not a primary factor in the lowered diabetes risk. Instead, those post-surgery were found to have increased beta-cell function, which works to produce insulin in the body.  Many factors affect the way surgery may help you though, so be sure to see your healthcare provider to decide if bariatric surgery may be effective for you.
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Delay on diabetes foot care could have serious effects

When you are caring for your diabetes, the last thing you may think of is taking care of your feet.  You may wonder what your feet have to do with your blood glucose control.  The truth is though that uncontrolled blood glucose levels can lead to nerve damage which can in turn cause diabetes-related foot ulcers and loss of limbs.  It is suggested that daily foot checks may help you keep track of any changes you may see in your feet such as bunions or dry skin that could lead to increased risk of foot ulcers.
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Researchers find molecule that may link obesity and diabetes

It is has been shown that being overweight or obese may increase your risk of chronic disease such as heart disease and diabetes, but it has not been known exactly why.  A recent study has found that a molecule called RB4, or retinol-binding protein 4, is found in higher amounts in those with diabetes and obesity than in those lean people without diabetes. It is thought that RB4 may cause insulin to be more resistant, which makes it harder for glucose to get to cells to be used for energy.
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