In Queensland: Diabetes Related Amputations On The Decline

In Type 2 Diabetes, Gut May ‘Taste’ Sugar Differently

“It’s a simple proposition – ignore the feet and diabetes will continue to be the leading cause of lower limb amputation and a leading cause of avoidable hospitalisation. By focusing on the feet of people with diabetes literally thousands of amputations and hospitalisations can be prevented.” The majority of lower limb amputations are performed on people who have had poorly controlled diabetes for more than 10 years which has led to nerve damage, poor circulation, foot ulcers and/or infection. Peter Lazzarini explained that “the key to avoiding amputation in the first instance is blood sugar control. In addition, people should have an annual diabetes foot check-up to assess damage to the nerves and identify whether vascular disease has developed.” “For those who have developed nerve damage or vascular disease it is important that they see their doctor and podiatrist at least every few months and check their feet daily for signs of foot ulcers or infection.
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City’s affluent more prone to diabetes: SGPGI study

Close to 39% population was hypertensive. More than 35% people had high levels of triglycerides, or bad cholesterol that can trigger cardiovascular disease while good cholesterol was found in 54% of subjects. Over 60% of the population was sedentary and 20% of males were smokers. The prevalence of diabetes was significantly higher in men (25.2%) compared to women (16.6%). About 38% persons who tested positive for diabetes during the study were previously not gnosed.
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Nobody. Jess Buchanan, living with diabetes, adds, It gives me a place to vent about diabetes and this is dually beneficial: First, friends who also have diabetes comment with things that make me feel better. Secondly, my friends without diabetes often follow up with questions. So basically its a chance to both empathize and educate. A win-win! In the end, though, both type 1 and type 2 forms of diabetes are constantly ostracized, mocked, and lectured by the general community. Accused of eating too much, being too lazy, being too fat, having given it to themselves or to their children for eating too much sugar. And of course, the constant lectures and inaccurate statements about diabetes in the media only adds to the lectures and scolding people with diabetes receive from the world around them. While people with diabetes find themselves constantly being told by strangers and overly policing friends and family that they need to eat less sugar, lose weight, and take better care of themselves, through Facebook these people with diabetes can surround themselves with a community who understands the lesser known aspects of life that make this disease so challenging. Common phrases and questions those in the Facebook community of diabetes hear include: Why did you feed your child so much candy?
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Facebook is Not Evil Proves People with Diabetes

“When sweet taste receptors in the intestine detect glucose, they trigger a response that may regulate the way glucose is absorbed by the intestine. Our studies show that in diabetes patients, the glucose is absorbed more rapidly and in greater quantities than in healthy adults,” Young said. “This shows that diabetes is not just a disorder of the pancreas and of insulin — the gut plays a bigger role than researchers have previously considered,” he said. “This is because the body’s own management of glucose uptake may rely on the actions of sweet taste receptors, and these appear to be abnormally controlled in people with type 2 diabetes.” Further research is needed to learn more about these mechanisms in the intestines, Young said. — Robert Preidt Copyright 2013 HealthDay. All rights reserved.
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