Monday, July 27, 2009

Am I more likely to get swine flu if I have diabetes?

Diabetes and swine flu are not associated. If you have diabetes, there is no greater likelihood of you developing swine flu.

However, those people with diabetes that develop swine flu may find blood sugar levels become affected, and diabetes management and treated must be adjusted accordingly. If you are diagnosed with swine flu and you have diabetes, your doctor or healthcare professional will provide you with guidance.

Which people are most vulnerable from swine flu?

Those who are more at risk from becoming seriously ill with swine flu are:
* people with chronic lung disease, including people who have had drug treatment
for their asthma within the past three years,
* people with chronic heart disease,
* people with chronic kidney disease,
* people with chronic liver disease,
* people with chronic neurological disease (neurological disorders include motor
neurone disease, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis),
* people with suppressed immune systems (whether caused by disease or treatment),
* people with diabetes,
* pregnant women,
* people aged 65 years and older, and
* young children under five years old.

For specific advice on antiviral treatment for these groups, go to People with long-term conditions, Pregnancy and children and Older people.

People with diabetes need to take special precautions when they are sick, and the recent swine flu outbreak is no exception. The Center for Disease Control has special recommendations that people with chronic health condition such as diabetes who have had known exposure to someone with a confirmed or suspected case of swine flu go on a course of antiviral medication.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Summer Recipes for Diabetic

This summer recipes will help you keep you blood glucose under control and taste good. Cindy Kimura is a BellaOnline's Diabetes Editor at Diabetes Site is providing us selected summer recipes for Diabetic and we name it as "Banana Raspberry Yogurt Parfait Recipe".

It is Here is a great low fat, low sugar pudding substitute. This is a quick and easy recipe.

2 medium ripe bananas, peeled and cut into small pieces
1 1/2 cups plain low-fat yogurt
1 tablespoon spoonable brown sugar substitute
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 cup fresh or frozen (no sugar added) raspberries
4 sprigs of mint, for garnish

In a food processor or blender, combine the bananas, yogurt, brown sugar
substitute, and orange juice. Blend until smooth.

Spoon some of the banana mixture into each of 4 parfait glasses or
stemmed goblets. Top each with 1 tablespoon raspberries. You can also use blueberries, strawberries or kiwi fruit.
Continue to layer yogurt and berries, ending with yogurt.
Garnish with a mint sprig and serve.


Saturday, July 4, 2009

Type 2 Diabetes and High sugar consumption among kids

Sugar consumption itself has become a disease. An influx of sugar into the bloodstream upsets the body’s blood-sugar balance, triggering the release of insulin, which the body uses to keep blood-sugar at a constant and safe level. Insulin also promotes the storage of fat, so that when you eat sweets high in sugar, you’re making way for rapid weight gain.

A new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, says the problem may be that the drinks fail to make people feel full in spite of being loaded with calories.

Caroline Apovian, a US nutrition expert writing a commentary on the study, says that the human race has probably not yet evolved to cope with these sugar-loaded drinks.

A single can may contain 40 to 50g of sugar. Somebody who drinks one can a day could put on 15lb over a year, she writes. She advises doctors in the US to tell their overweight patients to cut down.

Overweight Latino children who consume lots of sugar-especially in sugary drinks-show signs of beta cell decline, a precursor of type 2 diabetes, according to researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

Nearly one of four Latino children in the United States is overweight, and the problem is worsening. Increasing obesity rates parallel the growing incidence of pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes in overweight teens.

Beta cells in the pancreas create the hormone insulin in response to sugar from food. Cells in the body's tissues need sugar, or glucose, for energy; insulin helps cells grab and take up glucose circulating in the blood.

Sometimes, though, the body's cells gradually become resistant to the effects of insulin. In response, the beta cells initially create more insulin to overcome that resistance. But in certain people, when beta cells are faced with a difficult workload over time, the beta cells start to function less effectively and eventually produce less or even no insulin. Researchers believe this decline in beta cell function may result in the accumulation of sugar in the bloodstream that characterizes type 2 diabetes.

In the children studied, those who consumed more sugar on an everyday basis had signs of decreased beta cell function, implying they were heading toward type 2 diabetes. Sugars included glucose, sucrose, fructose, lactose and galactose found in food and drink products.

Over-consumption can lead to hypoglycemia, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and chronic tiredness. Sugar can affect your health by suppressing the immune system. It can contribute to hyperactivity, anxiety, depression and concentration difficulties. Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium leading to acute dental problems.

Refined sugar, because so many nutrients are removed from it, is believed to be more likely to produce diseases than unrefined sugarcane, which is rich in the glucose tolerance factor, chromium.

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