Extreme Heat: What Diabetics Need to Know

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We all enjoy summer, but with record-breaking high temperatures being recorded across the U.S — and a deadly heatwave sweeping Europe — it is important for everyone to take care to avoid heat-related ailments. For people with diabetes and other medical conditions, it is even more critical to take extra precautions during these hot months.

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Location, Location, Location: Diabetes and Geography

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A new study by Jacques Lowe of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine has shown that Florida and Texas have a high percentage of people with long-term and short-term diabetes complications. Such research could help the government direct medical support to where it is needed most. The findings are also a call for you to test for diabetes if you live in the hot-spot areas.

The researchers created a map of the hot-spot areas in the US, showing various diabetic complications and the demographic information of these areas. These complications include nerve damage, chronic kidney disease, heart disease, and oral, foot, and vision problems.

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Are Coronavirus Patients Developing Diabetes? What You Need to Know

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Ever since the first few cases of COVID-19 were reported, scientists and medical professionals have been wary about the condition’s effects. COVID-19 is said to have both short and long-term effects. One of the recent developments in researching the effects of COVID is the shocking link it has to diabetes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, patients who contracted coronavirus were more likely to develop diabetes. The data involved more than 500,000 patients aged 18 or lower. Similar studies from across the world have yielded similar results.

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Sorting Diabetes Fact from Fiction

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There are many products on the market that claim they can treat or cure diabetes. The question you may want to ask is whether these claims are valid. The simple answer is: only treatments that are approved by the FDA are ensured to be both effective and safe.

Every day people who suffer from diabetes are hounded with advertisements that claim teas, supplements, spices, and other products will cure diabetes. Sometimes the information comes from friends or families with good intentions. You may also come across this information on websites, lacking support by scientific research or other medical evidence.

In this post, we look at some common types of fraudulent diabetic treatment claims, as well as signs that may indicate that a given product is not what it appears.

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Diabetes 101: Diabetic Alert Dogs Monitor Your Blood Sugar Level

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Managing your diabetes can be stressful and overwhelming. What if you could find extra help to assist you with diabetes management?

It’s not a new device or therapy, but a professionally trained diabetic alert dog. These special animals are smart and loyal. When you bring one into your life, he’ll love you wholeheartedly, and you’ll wonder how you ever got along without him.

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Cold-Weather Ailments and How to Prevent Them

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For many people, cold may cause symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Such signs may include tingling, burning, numbness, or reduced ability to feel temperature changes or pain. Cold temperatures, bad weather, and reduced physical activities are the main causes of this condition. It is therefore important for individuals, especially diabetics to take care of their feet during the cold months. Practicing the right winter foot safety will help prevent any complications that may arise later on.

Serious Cold-Weather Ailments You Should Know

As temperatures decrease, the risk of contracting diseases goes up. Here are some common cold-weather illnesses you should know:

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The Keto Diet: Is It Safe for Diabetics?

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There have been plenty of variations of low-carb diets over the years, including South Beach, Atkins, and paleo – aka, eating foods similar to those our hunter-gatherer Paleolithic ancestors ate.  The most recent member of the club is the ketogenic or keto diet.  You may have seen the terms “keto” or “keto friendly” begin to appear on tortillas, snack foods, and other items at the grocery store.  You may remember seeing keto magazines at the checkout counter or keto cookbooks at Barnes & Noble.  You might even have friends and members of your family who have “gone keto” and talk about benefits ranging from weight loss to feeling less tired.

So what exactly is this “keto” thing all about, and is it safe for diabetics to try?

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Diabetes 101: Eating healthy during the holidays

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It felt like life threw you a curveball with your recent diabetes diagnosis. Now, it’s time for all of the big holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. You can’t help but feel a bit cheated and apprehensive: how will you survive this overindulgent time of year now that you have to watch your diabetic diet so carefully? There are endless work parties, get-togethers with friends, and family dinners coming up on your calendar. They’re filled with good times…and lots, lots of unhealthy food and drinks. What will you do now?

The key to prevent overindulging is to have a plan for the holidays. Remember that it’s not really about the food: it’s about the people you’re with. Do little things to set yourself up for success beforehand.

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The Insulin Centennial: Diabetic Care over the Last 100 Years

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August 2021 marks 100 years since the discovery of insulin. Before insulin was discovered, a diagnosis of diabetes would be seen as a death sentence. The only remedies available at that time were very restrictive low-calorie and low-carbohydrate diets. These regimens could extend patients’ lives by a few years, but they would still ultimately succumb to the disease. They also made diabetic patients very weak and could even lead to starvation.

Simply put, the discovery of insulin helped save many lives—as it continues to do today.

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Diabetic Foot Care: Foot Massage As Neuropathy Treatment

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Diabetes has various symptoms depending on your blood sugar elevation. The most common include increased thirst and hunger, frequent urination, blurred vision, irritability, fatigue, and unexplained weight reduction. High blood sugar increases the likelihood of suffering from diabetic neuropathy. In addition to shedding light on this condition, we’ll discuss how you can manage it through therapeutic foot massages.

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