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Kidney Disease Can Increase The Risk Of Diabetes: A New Study By The Washington University

Dr. Garima Sharma 92% (415 ratings)
MBBS
General Physician, Fatehabad
Kidney Disease Can Increase The Risk Of Diabetes: A New Study By The Washington University

Diabetes can increase the incidence of kidney dysfunction is quite well known, but as per a recent study conducted kidney disease can also increase the risk of diabetes. Researchers from the Washington University in the US deduced that a likely culprit of the two-way relationship between kidney disease and diabetes is urea.

The findings, published in the journal Kidney International, are significant because urea levels can be lowered through medication and diet, for example, by eating less protein. These findings are of great help as they give a better understanding of the kidney disease, elevated levels of urea and the increased risk of diabetes in the body.

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Complications of Diabetes

Dr. Shefali Karkhanis 94% (409 ratings)
Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist), MBBS
Diabetologist, Thane
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How diabetes affect you from head to toe?

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Gestational Diabetes

Dr. Shefali Karkhanis 94% (409 ratings)
Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist), MBBS
Diabetologist, Thane
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How diabetes can affect mother and child both?

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Eye Care During Diabetes!

Dr. Minal Kaur 91% (351 ratings)
DNB Ophtalmology, MS - Ophthalmology, MBBS, Fellowship in Medical Retina, Fellowship in IOL & Cataract Microsurgery
Ophthalmologist, Faridabad
Eye Care During Diabetes!

Diabetes is a condition characterized by an elevated level of the blood glucose due to the insufficient production of the Insulin by the Beta cells of the pancreas. The high blood glucose level can also be an outcome of the inability of the body cells to utilize or respond to the insulin produced - a condition termed as Insulin Resistance.

Today, Diabetes has become a raging problem affecting almost every second individual, irrespective of their age, sex or ethnicity. What is even worse is the fact that the metabolic disorder affects a host of the vital body organs including the eyes. In many diabetic patients (diabetes left unmanaged and uncontrolled for long), the high blood sugar or Hyperglycemia can give rise to many eye complications such as:

  • Diabetic Retinopathy (Hyperglycemia that triggers progressive damage of the blood vessels of the retina that can eventually even lead to blindness).
  • Incidences of Cataract (a condition that causes clouding of the clear eye lenses affecting one's vision) and Glaucoma (a severe eye problem that results from the damages to the optic nerve of the eye) are on a rise in diabetic patients.

Thus, it becomes essential to carry out the preventive measure to deal with diabetes-related eye problems and the associated complications.

Protecting the eyes from Diabetes

  1. Controlling Diabetes: Amongst different eye care or preventive measures, foremost is to make sure that diabetes and the blood glucose level are within control. A glucometer can help to monitor the blood glucose levels at home. Regular lab tests for Fasting and Post prandial(FBS, PP2BS) blood sugar tests should be done at a frequency advised by treating physician along with HbA1c. Eliminating the underlying factor can work wonders to avoid the various eye problems resulting from diabetes.
  2. Regular eye-checks: People with diabetes need to be careful. Consult your family physician or a specialist at the earliest for discomforts and symptoms such as a headache, watery eyes, blurred, distorted or double vision. Regular eye-checks and screening tests are equally important to safeguard the eyes from the harmful consequences of diabetes.
  3. Keep a check on other medical disorders: Conditions such as Hypercholesterolemia (elevated levels of blood cholesterol), high blood pressure, along with diabetes, are the worst nemesis that can result in a myriad of eye disorders. Make sure the blood pressure is within the control (to avoid complications, try to maintain a blood pressure below 140/80) and so is the level of bad cholesterol or LDL (Low-density lipoprotein).
  4. Keep your body moving: Exercises and physical activities (morning or evening walks, jogging) can play a pivotal role in keeping diabetes under control, thereby shielding the eyes from problems such as cataract, glaucoma. Keeping the body weight within the healthy and recommended range can also work towards managing the blood glucose level.
  5. Healthy dietary modifications: Diabetic patients should be careful with their choice of foods. Dark chocolates, lean meat, whole grains, fish, cinnamon, turmeric, fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, blueberries, spinach, walnuts, sweet potatoes, asparagus, apricots, apples, to name a few are healthy options for a diabetic patient.
  6. Smoking can spell doom for the eyes and is best avoided.
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Health Benefits Of Wheat Bran

Dt. Neha Suryawanshi 94% (9090 ratings)
M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai

Health benefits of wheat bran

1. Bran is high in fiber

Bran is the number 1 food highest in fiber
 One tablespoon of bran provides up to 6% of the daily value of insoluble fiber. Dietary fiber, like that from bran, actually changes the way you digest food and absorb nutrients.

Fiber from bran also helps increase diversity of good bacteria in your digestive tract, helping you get the most of what you eat.

2. Bran can help alleviate constipation

Helping to keep your bowels moving is probably bran's most famous (or infamous) health benefit. It has been known since at least the early 1940s when bran was used to keep british navy officers regular.

Taking one teaspoon to two tablespoons of bran each day before a meal is the best way to fight off constipation, and has the added weight loss benefit of making you feel full. As a word of warning, bran is more effective when taken regularly, and a one-time dose of bran is less likely to be effective in treating constipation.

Note: be sure you increase your intake of liquids, like water, as your increase your fiber intake. This is because fiber like bran absorbs water and can aggrevate constipation if you do not also increase your liquid intake.

3. Bran can lower your risk of cancer

Studies show that bran can lower the risk of a variety of cancers, and particularly those of the colon and breast.

The anti-cancer benefits are theorized not only to be due to fiber in bran, but also other nutrients and phytochemicals such as such as phenolic acids, lignans and flavonoids.

4. Bran lowers your cholesterol

Studies have shown that intake of bran (particularly oat bran) can help lower your cholesterol.

The studies did adiminister quite a lot of oat bran, between 25g to 100g per day. The study which gave participants 25g (about 4 tablespoons) of oat bran saw 5-8% reductions in cholesterol.

The second study gave participants 100 grams (1 cup) of oat bran per day, and saw declines of up to 13% in cholesterol.

To attempt to get these benefits it would be best to start eating 2-4 tablespoons of bran a day and slowly add more to your diet.

Bran (particularly rice bran) is high in niacin, which further lowers risk of heart and cardiovascular disease.

5. Bran is a good source of protein with all the essential amino acids

If you were to eat the 1 cup of oat bran listed in the cholesterol-lowering study, you would get up to 16 grams of protein and all the essential amino acids. This makes bran a complete source of protein for vegans and vegetarians.

Bran's protein content is one of the main reasons why whole grains are a good source of protein.

6. Bran helps you feel full and eat less


This study shows that whole grains in addition to bran help to reduce weight gain, and can promote weight loss.

Consuming 1-2 tablespoons of fiber before each meal is a good way to improve digestion, help you feel full, and eat less. Fiber can be consumed with water, milk, or unsweetened soy milk.

Note: increase your liquid intake with your fiber intake.

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7. Bran is high in magnesium

Bran and whole grains are high in magnesium. Magnesium is an essential mineral required by the body for muscle and nerve function, maintaining a healthy immune system, regulating heart rhythm, and building strong bones.

Other help benefits of magnesium include reduced risk of heart disease, regulation of blood pressure, and alleviation of premenstrual syndrome (pms).

8. Bran can help prevent type ii diabetes

Studies show that bran and whole grain consumption can reduce risk of type ii diabetes by 20%.

This requires eating at least 2 servings of whole grains per day, and over a period of at least a year. The diabetes health benefits of bran found in whole grains can only be seen over the long-term.

9. Bran is rich in folate

Bran is a great source of folate (vitamin b9) which is required for numerous body functions including dna synthesis and repair, cell division, and cell growth.

Other benefits of folate include protection and repair of dna to reduce cancer risk and slow aging. Folate also lowers risk of alzheimer's. Bran consumed in whole grains like brown rice and whole wheat bread is a great way to boost your folate intake.

10. Bran is a great source of manganese

Bran and whole grains are a great source of manganese. Manganese is required by the body for proper enzyme functioning, nutrient absorption, wound healing, and bone development.

Health benefits of manganese include strengthening weak bones, anti-oxidant protection, alleviating premenstrual syndrome (pms).

Diabetes and Eye Problems

Dr. Rajeev Gupta 86% (19 ratings)
MBBS, MS - Ophthalmology
Ophthalmologist, Ghaziabad
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Know More About Apples

Dt. Vaishnavi Satheesh 91% (580 ratings)
Masters in Human Nutrition and Nutraceuticals
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Madurai
Know More About Apples

It is rightly said that" an apple a day keeps the doctor away" apple, a power-packed nutrients rich fruit offer you wonderful benefits to each of your body organs. So here comes a summarized points on its nutrients.

  • Apples are rich source of fiber that make it a wonderful fruit tat aids in digestion. The fiber present, stimulates the peristaltic movements that paves way for efficient nutrient uptake.
  • Apples are packed with a good amount of phytonutrients like quercetin, polyphenolic components. Hence, consuming apple prevents from colon n breast cancer in particular.
  • It improve the intestinal health by stimulating the metabolism and balancing the bacteria. It helps in the elimination of toxins too.
  • Treats anemia and reduce weakness and also provides dental care.
  • The polyphenols present helps in treating diabetes by stimulating the release of insulin to reduce the blood sugar and stimulate the insulin receptors in the cell to absorb blood sugar.
  • The most remarking ability of the apple is to prevent from alzheimer and parkinson' disease. With its antioxidant property, apple increase the acetylcholine in brain and also stop the breakdown of dopamine.
  • The flavonoids present helps in preventing from heart disease by decreasing the level of cholesterol in blood and also in treating rheumatism.
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Diabulima - Should You Be Worried About It?

Dr. Harsh Shah 90% (10 ratings)
Diploma in Diabetology
Endocrinologist, Mumbai
Diabulima - Should You Be Worried About It?

Diabulimia is an eating disorder often associated with Type-1 Diabetes. Also referred to as ED-DMT1, not many people are aware of this non-clinical term. It is a well known fact that many people with Type-1 diabetes require the daily administration of insulin. In the case of Diabulimia, a person having Type-1 diabetes purposely manipulates with the insulin dosage in an endeavour to lose weight. In some extreme cases, a person may completely avoid the use of insulin.

You need no rocket science to understand the impact diabulimia will have on a diabetic patient (Type-1) who is entirely dependent on insulin. Some of the lethal consequences of diabulimia include

  1. Yeast infections: Manipulating with the appropriate dosage of insulin can trigger an abnormal rise in the blood glucose level (Hyperglycemia), some of which gets eliminated out through the urine, thereby enabling a person to lose weight. However, the high glucose level is just the ideal and favorable condition for yeast growth. The hyperglycemic condition will result in increased yeast infections. The infection can be very uncomfortable and annoying. In fact, there will be repeated yeast infections until the blood glucose level comes down to the normal range.
  2. Ketoacidosis: As already mentioned, diabulimia devoids the body of insulin. As a result, glucose is unable to enter the body cells (glucose is an important fuel for the muscles and the other cells and tissues of the body). In its absence, the body starts looking for alternate sources. Gradually the body starts breaking down fats to get the desired energy. Increased breakdown of fats results in accumulation of ketone bodies in the bloodstream, a condition medically termed as Ketoacidosis or Diabetic Ketoacidosis. The condition if left untreated can be harmful triggering Cerebral Edema (a condition characterized by a swelling of the brain), Hypokalemia (low potassium level) or even Hypoglycemia.
  3. Diabetic retinopathy: Hyperglycemia can spell doom for your eyes. The accumulation and buildup of high levels of glucose in the eyes often damage the retinal blood vessels, a condition known as Diabetic Retinopathy. There may not be any early signs associated with the condition. However, diabetic retinopathy can give rise to many serious complications such as Glaucoma (characterized by severe damage to the optic nerve), Vitreous Hemorrhage (the blood leaks into the areas adjacent to the vitreous humor of the eye), or even Blindness. There may also be a Retinal Detachment.
  4. Renal failure: One of the common and harmful consequences of diabulimia is the kidney failure. Increased concentration of glucose in the kidneys often damages the filtration units of the kidneys called the Glomeruli (increased glucose blocks the capillaries of the kidney) leading to kidney damage and failure.
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Ayurveda - Why It Is Best For Treating Diabetes?

Dr. Gokulan Bg 88% (626 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Modern Diagnostics
Ayurveda,
Ayurveda - Why It Is Best For Treating Diabetes?

With the increasing number of the diabetes patients in India, our country is moving towards the title of world diabetes capital. Due to a change in lifestyle and food habits health of the people are deteriorating day by day. The unhealthy body reduces the lifespan as well. Ayurvedic treatment is the amazing solution of the cure of this life threatening disease.

Diabetes is a health issue which is caused due to the increased level of blood sugar level in the body. The digestive system of the body breaks food we eat into sugar which is called glucose and sent to all the cells throughout the body. The cells convert the glucose into energy with the help of a special hormone known as Insulin. When body reduces the capacity to maintain the blood sugar level due to lack of insulin in the body then this condition is called diabetes.

The simple Ayurvedic remedies for diabetes which show amazing results in the treatment of the disease.

  1. Bitter goard: This is considered as the most effective remedy in the treatment of diabetes. Consuming bitter gourd juice in empty stomach every morning reduces blood sugar level of the body.
  2. Jamun seeds: The powder of Jamun seed of the leaves of Jamun tree both is used as remedies for diabetes. Chewing Jamun leaves prevents the production of sugar and keeps sugar level of the body maintained.
  3. Cinnamon powder: Cinnamon is also one of the best remedies for diabetes. It improves the functioning of the pancreas and this would increase the production of insulin in the body.
  4. Triphala: This is the mixture of three different herbs, this ingredients are useful for the decrease of the sugar level in the blood. Some of the drug formations used to cure diabetes are :
    1. Asanad tablets
    2. Chadrabrabha
    3. Vasantkusumakar
    4. Shilajitvaji

Diabetes is just not caused due to the lowering of insulin. It is mostly caused due to the lack of proper maintenance of the body. Sufferers should take care of their health by following the healthy lifestyle with the balanced diet, stress management and exercise with the natural herbs prescribed by some expert Ayurveda physicians.

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Diabetes & Impotence

Dr. Hanish Gupta 90% (1667 ratings)
MBBS, DNB (General Medicine)
Internal Medicine Specialist, Delhi