Whether you have had diabetes for a long time or have only recently been diagnosed, having a diabetes management plan in place and with support from health care professionals specializing in treatment of the disease, is critical to maximizing your quality of life for years to come. (If you have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic, be sure to check out our separate blog post on that topic here.) [Read more…]
So, you have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic? Don’t sweat it too hard, an estimated 79 million Americans have the same diagnosis and experts predict that one in three Americans will be diagnosed by 2050. Now, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do something about it. You don’t want to progress to having diabetes, a disease that severely impacts your quality of life. Instead, follow some of these prediabetes diet and exercise tips to help you on your journey to a healthy, diabetes-free life. [Read more…]
“If you removed all of the items that contained sugar from the supermarket, only 20% of the items would remain!” documentary filmmaker Damon Gameau. That number is unreal when you think about all of the self-proclaimed healthy items lining the shelves. But is sugar really that bad for you? Come along as we answer the question, what does sugar do to the body? [Read more…]
Think of your cells as a car, blood sugar as the gasoline, and insulin as the hose that gets the gasoline to your car. In the same way that you need a hose to move the gas from the pump to the car, you need insulin to help move the blood sugar from the bloodstream to the cells. Without insulin, your body doesn’t have access to the blood sugar, and without blood sugar, your body doesn’t go. As your cells run out of gas, they get slower and slower, much like a car running on fumes. Eventually, everything stops. BUT – have no fear. There are some things you can do if you have been recently diagnosed as being pre-diabetic and are eager to prevent yourself from having diabetes. [Read more…]
Diabetic Nerve Pain Explained
A growing number of Americans are experiencing diabetic nerve pain. Diabetes can cause many long-term problems, and one of the most common complications is diabetic neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage caused by prolonged uncontrolled high blood sugar due to diabetes. The damage done to the body’s delicate nerves leads to impaired signal transmission, causing numbness, tingling, and diabetic nerve pain in the extremities. This pain can be debilitating, and it’s important to catch it early. Medical treatment available is geared towards preventing further damage and symptom management, since the nerves cannot be repaired or the damage reversed. [Read more…]
Once you know that you have diabetes, there are some important decisions you must make to determine how well you manage the disease. Diabetes requires management, awareness and attention to detail. The quality of your life now depends largely on how well you manage the symptoms and factors of diabetes.
Of the many different causes of neuropathy, diabetes is the most common. It is estimated that 60% or more of people with diabetes will develop neuropathy at one point or another.