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Here is a great blog post from Trina Health Los Angeles. It begins by describing what diabetes is and its symptoms.
Diabetes – What Is This Disease And What Are Its Symptoms?

Diabetes is a common disease.  Type 1 Diabetes typically starts in childhood.  Type 2 Diabetes can begin at any age.  They are different but essentially both are tied to the body’s inability to process blood sugar properly.

Recent research shows that approximately 29 million cases of diabetes are in existence.  And over 8 million (about ¼ of these cases) are yet to be diagnosed.  It is estimated that 1 in 4 individuals over the age of 64-66 suffer from this disease.  However, old age is not the only factor. About 10% of people between the ages of 20 to 65 have diabetes which shows the prevalence of the disease regardless of age.  Trends show that approximately 1 ¾ million new instances of diabetes will be diagnosed every year in the USA.  The US Center for Disease Control estimates about 1 in 3 newborns born after 2000 may ultimately have diabetes- shocking!
Diabetes – What is it?
Diabetes is a disorder with the sugar metabolic process in the body.  Sugar in the body is not properly utilized or saved.  Glucose, the main sugar of the body, rises, causing numerous health problems.

There are two primary types of diabetes that each result in increased glucose levels.  These are Type I and Type II (Type 2).
Type I Diabetes
Type I diabetes is an autoimmune disorder in which the islet cells within the pancreas, usually responsible for generating insulin that reduces blood glucose, cannot do their work.  Islet cells are tiny clusters of cells spread throughout the pancreas.  Of these islet cells, the “beta cells” produce the hormone insulin that helps cells throughout the body absorb glucose from the blood stream.  These beta islet cells essentially are not working so big increases in blood sugar happens.  This type of diabetes usually starts in early childhood or in young adults and lasts throughout life. This diabetic disorder occurs due to a lack of insulin production in the pancreas.  Type I diabetes requires insulin for disease management.  Individuals with this type of diabetes (Type I) will have to take insulin for their whole lives and no remedy for this diabetes type that results in a cure is available at this time.
Type II Diabetes (Type 2)
Type II Diabets happens at any age but its occurrence increases as one ages.  In contrast to Type I diabetes, there is adequate insulin to serve the body, especially at the beginning of the disease. However, the insulin is not able to put the blood’s sugar into the body’s cells to supply the metabolism needed.  Thus, the glucose measurement in the bloodstream rises.  This particular disorder starts with a situation called “insulin resistance” since the cells tend to be resistant to insulin attempting to put glucose into the cellular material.  Early on, glucose levels are usually normal and the person is called “pre-diabetic”.  When the disease advances, the blood sugar increases.  Without some type of management, the person’s blood sugar levels can reach levels experience by a Type I diabetic.

As opposed to Type I diabetes, Type II diabetes is mainly related to poor life habits including what you eat and how you “work out”.  Obesity, stomach fat, and insufficient exercise are generally the three biggest danger factors for you risk of getting this disease.
Treatments
The two kinds of diabetes usually are treated quite differently.  For Type I diabetes, the only real treatment option is to replace insulin which is missing inside a person’s body.  Insulin is available in types that are short, moderate, or long acting.  Diabetes sufferer’s take different amounts of these types of insulin to maintain their own blood sugar within normal ranges, usually under 180 mg/dL throughout the day.

In contrast, Type II diabetes is not an issue of a person getting a lack of insulin.  Instead, medicine has been designed to help insulin put glucose sugar into the cell tissues.  There are various medicines being used for therapy.  However, medical treatment alone is not really enough to handle Type II diabetes.  Usually it takes a program of suitable diet and exercise.  Otherwise, blood glucose amounts can easily turn out to be uncontrolled.  And other advances are occurring in diabetes treatment that work toward re-training beta cells to do the work they were originally designed to do.
Diabetes Symptoms
Many people who have diabetes, particularly Type II diabetes, do not have symptoms unless, of course, they have noticeably elevated blood sugars.  Most likely, diabetes is usually detected by test results that show elevated blood sugar as a result of a routine doctor’s exam or perhaps a Hemoglobin A1C blood test.

Diabetes, as it progresses, has symptoms and it is really worth paying attention to this particular list of signs and symptoms as a number of them can start quite mildly.

  • Feeling parched or thirty often
  • Urinating more than usual
  • Having increased hunger
  • Weight reduction even when you are eating enough.  This is usually seen in Type I diabetes and is an indicator that the body’s cells themselves are deprived from not enough glucose that is instead being carried by the blood stream.
  • Being very tired
  • Having blurry eyesight
  • Having discomfort, tingling, or even numbness in feet or perhaps the hands.  This is often observed in Type II diabetic individuals that are not being treated since the elevated blood sugar has started to harm the neural endings in their feet and hands.

See a doctor

If you have any of the above signs/symptoms or if you have other family members diagnosed with diabetes, you should ask your physician about getting tests related to diabetes.  It is better if you can identify the disease as early as possible so you can make the life habit changes that will help you avoid the symptoms and lead a healthier, productive life.

You can see the original article at Trina Health‘s blog.

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Another giant gets spanked.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), one of America’s largest drug makers, has agreed to a  $3 Billion drug fraud settlement for questionable sales and marketing practices, including their diabetes drug Avandia.

The $3 Billion settlement represents the largest ever drug-company settlement, surpassing the more than $2 Billion paid by drug maker Pfizer for illegally promoting off-label uses of four of its drugs.

The settlement, considered extraordinarily large by most people’s standards, represents only a slap on the wrist to the drug giant, which has a market value of more than $110 billion, according to the New York Times.

GSK’s massive financial clout allows them to engage in criminal behavior that they can later buy their way out of – kind of like the way you might pay for a speeding ticket.

Read more at Mini Pharmacy’s Diabetes Supplies blog.

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Amazingly, a UK study found that type 2 diabetes can be cured when diabetics consume less than 600 calories per day for at least 60 days.

A highly restricted, low-calorie diet prompts the body to remove the fat that is clogging the pancreas and preventing it from making insulin.

According to Roy Taylor, the Newcastle University professor who headed the project, “To have people free of diabetes after years with the condition is remarkable – and all because of an eight-week diet. This is a radical change in understanding type 2 diabetes. It will change how we can explain it to people newly diagnosed with the condition. While it has long been believed that someone with type 2 diabetes will always have the disease, and that it will steadily get worse, we have shown that we can reverse the condition.”

Read the entire story: Low Calorie Diet Can Cure Type 2 Diabetes

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Advances In Diabetes

April 7, 2011 by Watchdog
Advances In Diabetes


Major Advances In Diabetic Supplies Help Patients Manage Their Diabetes
Diabetes research has led to such major advances as faster acting and longer acting insulin, oral diabetic agents, blood glucose meters and insulin pumps to help patients manage their diabetes.
Mini Pharmacy Leads The Way In Diabetes Care
Mini Pharmacy has been leading the way in diabetes care and providing supplies for the past 30 years. As a family owned and operated company, Mini Pharmacy is one of the largest mail order diabetes companies in California. A few of Mini Pharmacy’s employees have been with the company from the very beginning. R. Cervantes just recently celebrated his 23rd anniversary as a driver for Mini Pharmacy as well as general manager M. Jimenez’s 20th anniversary. F. Salazar has been with Mini Pharmacy since its inception in 1980 and recently celebrated his 27th anniversary. Mini Pharmacy appreciates and commends their loyalty and dedication to the company and looks forward to many more years with them as a part of the Mini Pharmacy family.

Mini Pharmacy offers competitive rates on diabetes supplies, free next day delivery and a friendly staff and a family that will always go above and beyond when the need arises. Know when you have Mini Pharmacy as your diabetes supply company you have a family. Check our diabetic supplies website: http://www.diabetic-supplies-online.com; give us a call or enroll today for free.

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With the rising healthcare costs, more and more Americans are looking for inexpensive sources for medical supplies. Here is an article for those looking for discount diabetic supplies.

Diabetic testing and medical supplies can be expensive, and although there are many devices that don’t need to be replaced often, such as monitors, lancets, and pumps, there are other supplies that do need to be repurchased frequently. Testing strips, insulin, syringes, and lancets are just a few that often need replacing. Purchasing these products from your local pharmacy over and over can become quite exhausting and expensive over time. You may be asking yourself, “Where can I find discount diabetic supplies?”

Typical brick-and-mortar pharmacies can have long lines, and their schedule may not always fit yours. You have to rely on their hours and their staff to have what you need when you need it. But many times they don’t have what you need or the pharmacy is closed leaving you to wait another day. Along with the re-occurring costs, going constantly to the pharmacy to get your refill can be very stressful. For diabetics, this is not always an option.

However, there is an easy and more affordable solution- online diabetic supply stores. Why rely on a store’s schedule that doesn’t fit into your own? Why take the chance of running out of diabetic supplies in a time of need because the pharmacy was closed or out of stock? The online diabetic supply stores ensure your product will always be available and in stock- with recent advancements in technology and online shopping you will never have to worry about your items being in stock.

There are many places online where you can order exactly what you need and get it when you need it at a price you can afford. Glucose meters, syringes, test strips, and insulin, and more all at the touch of a button. You can get top brand products at discounted costs and you can get them all over night! Some online pharmacies let you create a customized shipping schedule based on your individual needs and your doctor’s instructions; some sites have regular reminders so you never run out. No more wondering if you’ll get your diabetic supplies on time.

With the Internet you will never have to worry about getting to the pharmacy on time or if the pharmacy will have what you need and if you will be able to afford the pharmacies growing prices. Have exactly what you need when you need it, and have it delivered right to your door. Obtaining your supplies online can, and will, save you a lot of time, worry, and money.

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