Diabetes Myths

Diabetes is a widespread disease. As people have sought to find information about diabetes from various sources, inaccurate information has been spread as well. Let’s take a brief look at some of theses myths and do a little debunking.

Myths

Diabetes is not a serious disease – Diabetes is a serious life-threatening disease. This underestimation of its severity has lead to many deaths and terrible health conditions that were preventable.

Overweight = Diabetic – Not necessarily. Although it is a significant risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes, being overweight does not always cause diabetes.

Eating too much sugar causes diabetes – This is not a cause of diabetes.

People with diabetes cannot eat sweets or desserts – Healthy, balanced eating and exercise do not prevent diabetics from eating the occasional dessert of sweet.

Fruit is a healthy sugar, diabetics can eat as much as they like – A diabetic should eat proper amounts of fruit in a balanced diet. Eating too much will cause problems.

for more info check out:

www.diabetes.org

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Your Teeth, Gums, and Diabetes

Because of high glucose levels diabetics are more likely to experience problems with their teeth and gums. They are more likely to have receding gumlines and develop mouth sores and ulcers. Diabetics should stay aware of the condition of their mouth.

Pay special attention to:

sore, swollen, or bleeding gums

bad breath

receding gums

loose or sensitive teeth

your bite feeling different

dentures not fitting properly

These conditions can be stand-alone issues, or indicative of more serious health problems. Take care to monitor your health. Should you notice one of these oral hygiene issues schedule a visit with your dentist or doctor.

diabetics are 2X more likely to have gum disease. Colgate says so

American Diabetes Association on oral health for diabetics


Diabetic Foot Ulcers

A common issue for diabetics are ulcers on the feet. These ulcers are a result of the poor vascular circulation to the extremities. Another reason ulcers can develop to more serious conditions for diabetics is because diabetics cannot often feel pain from the ulcers. Diabetics with neuropathy have little to no ability to feel pain in their extremities. For those diabetics who have not experienced an ulcer on their feet, they should seek medical advice from their doctor. Podiatrists are foot and ankle specialists who are particularly trained to address this issue with their patients. Carefully monitor your ulcers according to the guidelines given by your doctor to avoid gangrene and other fleshy diseases which can often permanently damage feet or even result in amputation.

Check out this article to learn more

or this one


Diabetic Nephropathy

Diabetic nephropathy is yet another complication of diabetes. This disorder is caused over time because diabetics have a blood-sugar level that is too high. This damage limits your kidney’s ability to do their job of filtering and cleaning the blood. As a result of nephropathy diabetics can high amounts of protein in their urine and blood builds up wastes and fluids. It is essential that diabetics get their urine and blood tested to try to manage this condition. Kidney failure can result in a life-or-death dependency on dialysis, kidney transplant, and in most cases both. Don’t let this happen to you!

See more info from NIH

check out another definition of diabetic nephropathy


What Causes the Most Blindness in Adults in the US?

You guessed it… diabetes. Diabetes is responsible for a disorder known as retinopathy. Retinopathy is caused by lack of blood to the tiny blood vessels in the retina in the back of your eye. This damages the retina and can cause permanent vision loss.

Often times people do not know the signs and symptoms of diabetes, this lack of knowledge can cause those who are not diagnosed to go much longer without seeking diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Being aware of blurry, ringed, blackened spots, pain, or bad peripheral vision as possible signs of diabetes is very important. If you or someone you know is having any eye problems, they should seek medical attention immediately. It is important to know the signs.

check out what pubmed has to say about it

Also, the National Eye Institute


New Motorized Smart Knee for Amputees

A major complication experienced by diabetics is the loss of vascular circulation, usually in the lower extremities. This issue often results in debilitating amputations that vastly change their lifestyle. Many of these amputees, often at later stages of life, struggle to use prosthetics and often cannot adjust.

A company based out of Iceland has developed the Össur POWER KNEETM, the knee is motorized and capable of “learning” and adjusting to the way the user walks. The knee takes into account variations in walking conditions. It has currently been fitted and is being tested on three amputees in the US.

This knee will help even out the stride of its users and make walking easier. This advance in technology may be a large “step” forward in helping more diabetic amputees retain mobility and freedom through walking.

check out these other prosthetic knees:

http://www.symbiotechsusa.com/

http://www.transhumanistic.com/2011/02/new-motorized-prosthetic-knee-helps-amputees-walk-easier/


US Diabetes Index Reports 80% of Diabetes in 20% of Zipcodes

The study released earlier this year reports an interesting statistic. Though startling at first, after thinking about it, it seems to make intuitive sense. The US Diabetes Index does not claim to know all the reasons behind this data.

The USDI contains more than 30,000 maps, charts, and graphs depicting diabetes prevalence, costs, the uncontrolled and pre-diabetes populations, comorbid conditions, and other important indices. These are all segmented by geography down to the zip code level, and by age, gender, and ethnicity.

I think an obvious reason is simply population distribution. The US has more densely populated areas and zip codes that are dispersed unevenly between urban and rural areas. Also, demographics may play a large role in this statistic as well. There is a strong tie between demographic and prevalence of diabetes. The reason behind this statistic is still being explored.

check out other diabetes statistics

Stats from the American Diabetes Association