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5 Myths And Facts About Diabetes!

5 Myths And Facts About Diabetes!

According to reports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 100 million adults in the U.S. have Prediabetes or Diabetes. As Diabetes is becoming more common, so is the information surrounding it.

However, not everything people say about Diabetes is true, which is why it is very important to know the facts so that one can make a better decision to manage Diabetes.

Myths and Facts About Diabetes:

Some of the most common and popular myths about Diabetes are listed below:

Myth 1: Diabetic Person cannot eat Starchy Foods like Pasta, Bread, or Potatoes.

Fact: Everything is healthy in the right proportion; the same goes for starchy food.  A diabetic person should include starchy food in his/her diet plan but in a portion size. Whole grain bread, rice, pasta, cereals, and starchy vegetables like potatoes, corn, and peas can be included in snacks or meals for diabetic people. In addition to these starchy foods, one can include beans, fruits, yogurt, milk, or even sweets. A person should know how much carbohydrate he/she can eat and depend upon this, he/she can choose the meal and portion of these starchy foods.

Myth 2: Diabetes Has No Effect on PCOS

Fact: According to the research, approximately 27% of women with Diabetes also have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). In a survey of 8,000 women in Australia, it was found that women who had PCOS were at 4.4 to 8 times more at risk of having Diabetes. PCOS causes hormonal changes. It also causes insulin resistance, making the person at more risk of having Type 2 Diabetes. Also, overweight or obese people with PCOS are at a higher risk of Diabetes.

Myth 3: People with Diabetes Cannot Drink Alcohol

Fact: Many people say that in diabetes one cannot drink alcohol. However, the truth is that drinking in a moderate quantity will not affect diabetes. Women with diabetes can take one drink a day and men can take two drinks a day. According to Carolyn Brown, a nutritionist at Foodtrainers in New York, a drink people may have at night might lower their blood sugar in the morning. However, it is always suggested to consult a doctor as everyone's endocrine system is different.

Myth 4: Avoid Vegetables Containing Goitrogen

Fact: The Goitrogen helps in making insulin and big insulin molecules, this is why many people suggest that diabetic people completely avoid vegetables containing Goitrogen. However, diabetic people may have vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc. in moderate quantities to manage their thyroid functionality. Diabetic people can steam these vegetables, as that diminishes the effect of Goitrogen.

Myth 5: Diabetic Person Cannot Exercise Too Much

Fact: Many people think that too much exercise can lower blood sugar. However, exercise is very crucial for people who have type 2 Diabetes and are not on insulin. It also helps in weight loss.

Diabetes is a hormonal disorder and can be cured with proper diet and medication. However, avoiding some food or exercise may not be helpful to cure it.

There are a lot of myths surrounding this disease; we hope we have helped you dispel a few of those.

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Diabetes & Thyroid - Are These Related?

Diabetes & Thyroid - Are These Related?

Diabetes and thyroid disorders are the two most common problems affecting people since ages. Diabetes, as is known to all, is a medical condition whereby the body fails to synthesize insulin, a type commonly known as Type-1 diabetes. In another type of diabetes, known as Type-2 diabetes, the body may become insulin resistant. This disorder of the endocrine system can wreak havoc, giving rise to a host of health complications and medical conditions if not treated and managed on time.

The Thyroid hormones (produced by the thyroid glands) play a significant role in various metabolic pathways of the body. Certain conditions (stress, obesity, diseases, medications, to name a few) can affect the production of thyroid hormones, thereby interfering with the normal body activities and metabolic processes. While Increased production of thyroid hormones (T3, T4, TSH) results in Hyperthyroidism, reduced production can give rise to Hypothyroidism. LIke Diabetes, Thyroid diseases also have the potential to throw life in jeopardy if the absence of timely management and treatment.

Are diabetes and thyroid problem interrelated?

This question has baffled scientists and researchers for long. Various studies and research establish a relationship between Diabetes and Thyroid disorders. The Beta cells (Islets of Langerhans) of the Pancreas are responsible for the insulin production, while the thyroid hormones are produced by the thyroid glands. Both the pancreas and the thyroid glands are part of the endocrine system. A scientific paper published in the Journal Of diabetic Research states that the level of the thyroid hormones in the body is directly related to the insulin secretion. An overproduction of thyroid hormones trigger the Beta cells of the pancreases to produce insulin in an increased amount (resulting in Hyperglycemia). On the other hand, a decreased production of thyroid hormones (Hypothyroidism) gives rise to a reduced insulin production by the Beta cells triggering Hypoglycemia.

Some studies also suggest that people with Type-1 Diabetes (an autoimmune condition) is more likely to suffer from Thyroid problems and disorders. In fact, thyroid problems can make the condition more severe, resulting in serious health complications. Thyroid problems may also occur in Type-2 diabetic patients, especially women. However, the extent of damage may be less severe as compared to those with Type-1 diabetes. In this context, it is important to mention that people with low levels of thyroid hormones are likely to suffer from Type-2 diabetes, particularly in pre-diabetic patients.

Thus, it is important that people with diabetes or thyroid problems should get undergo regular medical check-ups and screening tests to avoid any complications. According to the American Diabetes Association, every diabetes patients (especially Type-1) should undergo the thyroid tests (T3 test, T4 test, TSH test) once in every 2 years, even if their thyroid levels are within the normal range.

Though diabetes and thyroid problems are interconnected, proper management can go a long way to keep both the conditions well under control.

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Diabetes - Know More About It!

Diabetes - Know More About It!

Diabetes, the new-age disease, has assumed the name of a modern epidemic. With changes in foods and physical activity being the main drivers of its increased incidence. The age of onset is lowering, the severity of the disease is increasing, complications are becoming severe. It is assuming dangerous proportions. People with diabetes are constantly on the watch before eating anything.

How does diabetes happen? There are two sides to it.
The body needs energy for every single activity that it does from moving a finger to smiling. The food that we eat contains sugar and is the main source of this energy. As the amount of food provided increases, there is more amount of energy (sugar) than required. The body converts this to fat and stores it as visceral fat

Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas, which sends signals to the body to absorb the blood sugar from the bloodstream. Two things can happen there could be less insulin produced, so there is more sugar in the blood. Secondly, there could be what is known as insulin resistance, where the tissues do not recognise the insulin and do not absorb the sugar for storage. In both cases, the blood sugar levels go up, leading to increased incidence of diabetes. On the other hand, the extra sugar that is absorbed is converted into fat by the body and stored. The visceral fat, which is fat in the subcutaneous layers of the skin, is all the extra sugar that is consumed.

Vicious cycle:

  1. More sugar consumed, leads to more blood sugars
  2. More sugar consumed, leads to more visceral fat, as the body only requires so much energy for regular activities
  3. When engaged in physical exercise, this visceral fat accumulation is reduced, as more energy is required for the exercise
  4. With reduced exercise, the result is increased visceral fat and higher sugar levels
  5. Insulin resistance adds to this effect of higher sugar levels
  6. With processed/packed/refined foods being consumed widely, the amount of visceral fat is on the rise. They also lead to insulin resistance.
  7. So, while on one hand, the direct sugar levels are high, on the other, the body’s natural response to control sugar is also impaired
  8. To manage both, a three-pronged approach is essential – reduce refined foods, improve fiber intake, and improve exercise
  9. A diet rich in whole fiber does not lead to as much sugar level increase or fat formation
  10. A diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, dairy, and fat is preferable to beat this cycle along with an active exercise regime
  11. Monitoring sugar levels and insulin resistance is a must until they are brought under control
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My niece she is 7 years old facing overweight condition. Doctors done blood test and it shows insulin level is little high. Need some expert doctor for treatment. She is already taking treatment for seizures.

1. Drink water 16 glasses daily 2. Take high fibre diet and low fat and carbohydrates diet plan and do exercise. 3. Stop eating outside foods and packets foods, junk foods etc fatty. 4. Smaller meals in small quantity 5. Early dinner before 6 pm. 6. Eat less and exercise more ask me directly for customized diet for you!
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Look Out For These Warning Signs In Order To Detect Diabetes!

Look Out For These Warning Signs In Order To Detect Diabetes!

Diabetes is a very common condition. It is a condition in which the glucose levels in the blood increase or decrease from the optimum level. Diabetes alone is very harmful to a person’s health but it also leads to problems like heart attack, kidney failure and much more. But how does one get to know if they have diabetes or not? Well, one can look out for these alarming signs that may indicate that a person is diabetic.

  1. Increased thirst is one of the most prominent symptoms of diabetes.  A person will feel like urinating all the time and too much water is lost in the process. This leads to dehydration, leaving the person thirsty.
  2. The dehydration causes the mouth to dry. Because there is no saliva, the bacteria and germs are not washed away resulting in an awful smelling breath.
  3. Diabetes triggers a process called ketosis where the body uses fat, rather than glucose, for energy. A chemical by-product of this process called ketones makes the breath smell nasty.
  4. A person tends to lose a lot of weight significantly. This is because the body is not getting enough energy to work and it uses the muscle building fats to gain energy, resulting in weight loss.
  5. Due to increased fluids in the eye’s lens, a person’s vision may also become blurry. But fortunately this symptom is reversible and one can clear up blurry vision by controlling the sugar levels.
  6. The cuts and bruises take forever to heal and sometimes a person might not even feel it. This is because the blood vessels narrow down, resulting in slow healing.
  7. Carbohydrates break down into glucose and are the main source of energy for the body. But the body can’t efficiently use it when they have diabetes. This leads to a person feeling tired. No matter how much a person rests or sleep, they will still feel tired due to lack of energy. It also makes you feel hungry all the time.
  8. Yeast infections and dark spots around the nape of the neck, armpits, even the groin area are common early sign of insulin resistance.  A person may even experience itching, burning, redness, and soreness in various parts of the body.
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Diabetes & Cardiovascular Problems - What Is The Relation?

Diabetes & Cardiovascular Problems - What Is The Relation?

Since blood is part of the cardiovascular system, and diabetes is a condition in which the level of glucose in the blood is higher than normal, then is certainly some relationship between the two.

Diabetes and cardiovascular system diseases has been recognized to be closely related to each other due to the so-called insulin resistance syndrome or metabolic syndrome. Some examples of the commonly diagnosed cardiovascular disease are coronary heart diseasestrokehigh blood pressure and other heart conditions.

Diabetes is considered a major risk factor in cardiovascular diseases. Other factors that contribute to the possibility of acquiring cardiovascular diseases in diabetic patients include hypertensionsmoking, and dyslipidemia.

How Diabetes Causes Cardiovascular Problems?

  1. Hypertension: Hypertension in diabetes is considered a major contributor to the increase in mortality from cardiovascular diseases. Diabetic patients, especially those with Type 2, need to always have their blood pressure checked every visit to the doctor. Self-monitoring at home is also a must to maintain and control the rise of blood pressure. The American Diabetes Association recommends a target blood pressure of not more than 130/85 mm Hg to maintain a good level of blood pressure.
  2. Arteriosclerosis and Atherosclerosis: Arteriosclerosis is the stiffening or hardening of the artery walls while Atherosclerosis is the narrowing of the artery because of plaque build-up. Atherosclerosis is a form of hardening of the blood vessels/arteries, caused by fatty deposits and local tissue reaction in the walls of the arteries. Diabetes is a documented high risk factor for the development of both Atherosclerosis, Arteriosclerosis. Heart disease and stroke, arising mainly from the effects of atherosclerosis, account for 65 percent of deaths among diabetics.
  3. Hyperglycemia: Hyperglycemia means high (hyper) glucose (gly) in the blood (emia). Your body needs glucose to properly function. Your cells rely on glucose for energy. Hyperglycemia is a defining characteristic of diabetes, when the blood glucose level is too high because the body isn't properly using or doesn't make the hormone insulin. There is a growing recognition that diabetes belongs to a special category of risk factors because it markedly increases risk of CVD. This increase is partly the result of the pernicious effects of persistent hyperglycemia on the vasculature and partly due to the coexistence of other metabolic risk factors.
  4. Smoking: Smoking has been determined dangerous to our health. Studies show that smoking indeed increase risk of premature death and cardiovascular disease in diabetic patients.
  5. Atrial Fibrillation: Atrial Fibrillation means an irregular and rapid heart rate which can increase the risk of stroke, heart failure and other cardiac issues. Individuals with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation. This risk is higher among patients with a longer duration of treated diabetes and poorer glycemic control.

Individuals with insulin resistance or diabetes in combination with one or more of these risk factors are at even greater risk of heart disease or stroke. However, by managing their risk factors, patients with diabetes may avoid or delay the development of heart and blood vessel disease. Your health care provider will do periodic testing to assess whether you have developed any of these risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease.

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Health is Wealth

Health is Wealth

A medium sized potato contains only 100 calories. 
If cooked, a potato remains healthy. The problem arises when you fry the potato. 
Besides, cooked potatoes contain resistant starch more than regular starch which lowers blood sugar levels and improves insulin sensitivity.

Insulin Resistance - What To Know About It?

Insulin Resistance - What To Know About It?
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Treating Female Infertility!

Treating Female Infertility!

What is Female Infertility?

Infertility is a term if a woman hasn’t been able to get pregnant after at least one year of trying.

Symptoms of Female Infertility-

  • The inability of a couple to get pregnant
  • An abnormal menstrual cycle

Causes of Female Infertility-

  • Damage to fallopian tubes
  • Hormonal causes
  • Cervical causes

Risk factors of Female Infertility-

Diagnosis of Female Infertility-

Diagnosis of female infertility includes the following tests:

  • Ovulation testing
  • Hysterosalpingography (HSG)
  • Hormone testing
  • Laparoscopy
  • Ovarian reserve testing

Precautions & Prevention of Female Infertility-

Treatment of Female Infertility-

  • Homeopathic Treatment of Female Infertility
  • Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Female Infertility
  • Psychotherapy Treatment of Female Infertility
  • Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Female Infertility
  • Surgical Treatment of Female Infertility
  • Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Female Infertility
  • Other Treatment of Female Infertility


Treatment of Female Infertility-

Homeopathic Treatment of Female Infertility-

Homeopathic medicines stimulate the body’s own immune system to stimulate the various glands to work normally. It can help restore normal menstruation, ovulation and fertility. During homeopathic treatment, many aspects of your menstrual cycle are taken into consideration to restore fertility. Some of the homeopathic remedies for female infertility are:

Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Female Infertility-

Acupuncture treatment helps to regulate your body’s system. It aids in blood flow to the reproductive organs and stabilizes hormone levels. This in turn will increase ovarian function in women. It also works by helping women stay more relaxed through stressful fertility treatments.

Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy Treatment of Female Infertility-

Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy play a very helpful supportive role in generating positive mindset and resolving stress and deep other negative emotions. This helps in better reproductive function.

Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Female Infertility-

Allopathic treatment of female infertility use drugs which regulate or induce ovulation. Allopathic drug named Clomiphene citrate stimulates ovulation in women. Metformin drug is used when insulin resistance is a known or suspected cause of infertility.

Surgical Treatment of Female Infertility-

Surgical procedures of female infertility are:

  • Tissue removal
  • Tubal reversal surgery (microscopic)
  • Tubal surgeries

 Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Female Infertility-

  • Eat healthy meals that are high in vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, and vitamin E
  • Eat fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Use more unsaturated vegetable oils
  • Avoid oily, spicy and fatty foods

 

I am diabetic and barely take 1000 calories in a day. Still I am gaining weight. This is also impacting my diabetic condition. I suffer from insulin resistance. I also think I have kind of metabolic syndrome which is cause of my weight and this diabetes. Can you suggest some effective solution to this problem. I don't have anything else for now. Thyroid and blood pressure all are normal.

I am diabetic and barely take 1000 calories in a day. Still I am gaining weight. This is also impacting my diabetic c...
Hello Supriya. There are some simple ways to improve disturbed metabolism. And it requires multiple approach. Like dieting. Yogasanas, pranayama and homoeopathic treatment. These all needs proper consultation. You can consult me at lybrate.
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