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What Are the Main Causes of Diabetes?

Research into diabetes is increasing all the time. Despite this no one actually knows what specifically causes diabetes. This has led to a number of rumors circulating some which are partially true and others which hold no truth at all. In this article I will be discussing what is known about the causes of diabetes.

1) GENERAL CAUSES:- We know that diabetes develops as a result of your body’s cells not getting enough insulin (a hormone which helps converts blood sugar/glucose into energy). This is usually because your pancreas fails to generate enough insulin or because your body’s cells start to resist insulin. Although we know what leads to the development of diabetes we do not currently know why this happens in certain individuals and not others.

2) GESTATIONAL DIABETES (GDM):- Again we do not know the exact causes of GDM although it is strongly linked with hormonal changes that occur during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. During this time the placenta releases hormones which block the normal action of insulin to ensure that the growing baby gets enough glucose. This causes pregnant women’s insulin needs to increase by two or three times the normal rate. Failure to meet this need leads to the onset of GDM. Approximately 5% of pregnant women develop GDM and although we have a good idea of what causes it, we do not know why it affects certain women and not others. There are a number of associated risk factors but currently no definitive reason.

3) TYPE 1 DIABETES:- Type 1 diabetes is caused by damage to the pancreas as the result of an auto-immune attack where the body’s immune system starts to attack the insulin producing beta cells of the pancreas. Once more, whilst we know what causes type 1 diabetes we are still unsure what triggers this response. A number of suggestions have been put forward (including viral infections and faulty nerves) but currently none of these suggestions can be applied universally.

4) TYPE 2 DIABETES AND PRE-DIABETES:- Pre-diabetes is an early form of type 2 diabetes and the causes of each are very similar. Type 2 diabetes develops when the body stops responding to insulin. The pancreas reacts by producing additional insulin and the liver responds by releasing extra glucose. Over time this limits the effectiveness of the pancreas and further increases insulin resistance in the body. As with the other types of diabetes we do not know what causes the above reaction. However, there is very strong evidence that type 2 diabetes is linked to age, ethnicity, family history, inactivity and obesity.

5) RUMOURS:- Since the exact cause of diabetes is unknown, there are a number of false suggestions floating around. These include diabetes being contagious (there is a hereditary element but it cannot be passed directly from person to person), diabetes being caused by sugar (excessive sugar consumption does not cause diabetes but is linked with obesity, a diabetes risk factor) and stress causing diabetes (stress can aggravate the condition in diabetics but there is currently no evidence that it causes diabetes).

Currently, we have a general understanding of what happens inside our bodies to cause diabetes. However, the trigger behind these causes is still a mystery. Perhaps the strongest link is that between inactivity, obesity and type 2 diabetes but even this does not fully explain why some obese individuals never develop the disease. As research into the causes of diabetes continues, the best advice is to try and keep your blood sugar levels within a normal range. Keeping your weight under control, exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet can all play their part in this process. Every intention has been made to make this article accurate and informative but it is intended for general information only. Diabetes is a medical condition and this article is not intended as a substitute for the advice of your doctor or a qualified medical practitioner. If you have any concerns regarding any form of diabetes you should seek the advice of your doctor immediately.

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The Hazards of Chiropractic Care

Although chiropractics have long been known to be beneficial to the body, there are also dangers and risks of chiropractic care. You have to be watchful of these to prevent health problems and financial predicaments. You need to have a sound and effective plan ready, so that your methods of treatment stay useful for the long term. Here are some more details.

The Dangers of Neck Manipulation

Chiropractic manipulation to the neck has been found to be very risky. There is a relationship between the incidence of cerebrovascular accident from the procedure wherein 1 to 3 patients out of every 1 million suffer from stroke. A survey in Switzerland was conducted which included 203 practitioners. They discovered that 1 out of every 400,000 patients who underwent cervical manipulation suffered from stroke, with death occurring in every 1.5 million. Complications occur 3% to 4% of the time among cervical spine surgery patients, which is very comparable to chiropractic neck manipulation procedures.

The process, however, is still preferred by several patients because it is proven to be very highly effective and cost-effective. Spine manipulation renders short term pain relief, and enhances range of motion. Back and neck pain can be alleviated thoroughly.

About Chiropractic

Chiropractic is an approach wherein the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of different mechanical disorders, are based on the spine. The practice is generally considered as an alternative type of medicine, which is rejected by most chiropractors. The primary treatment includes manual therapy wherein the spine is manipulated, together with soft tissue and other joints. Bodily dysfunctions may be triggered by interferences with the different points in the body.

The Spine Risk

Since the spine and joints are the main body organs included in the approach. The process can pose dangers if the spine is treated inappropriately. It is important that you invest and trust only in a practitioner who has been in the field for a long time. It is vital that you maintain the proper position throughout the process, to avoid having your spine pressed in the wrong manner.

Spinal manipulation can have serious complications, just like any other medical and alternative treatment. The occurrences are actually quite rare. The dangers and risks of chiropractic care can be alleviated a lot if the techniques and employed carefully.

On Complications

Chiropractic can also lead to different symptoms and side effects if done inappropriately. There are contraindications that should be considered or else the patient may suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, unstable joints and joint pain. Osteoporosis is one of the contraindications, so the elderly and children should consult a physician first, to determine if it is fully safe to rely on alternate treatment.

Neurological symptoms, neck pain and severe headache may also occur. The procedure is frequently associated with temporary and mild side effects. Stiffness may also be felt in affected regions. Pain or stiffness usually happens among 35% to 55% of patients. Spinal manipulation, especially when done on the upper spine, can lead to complications that might permanently disable or kill the patient. Patients below 45 years old are particularly prone to having vertebrobasilar artery stroke. Other traditional diagnostic procedures like the X-Ray or CT Scan may also be used by chiropractors to ensure diagnosis. The risks involved in certain diagnostic procedures are just the same as in any conventional type of treatment.

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Natural Treatments For Diabetes – Herbs

Diabetes type 2 is on the increase. As diabetes is becoming more prevalent, the quest of the people to treat it is also increasing. It is strongly advocated to change the diet as well as lifestyle for controlling this chronic medical condition.

Lifestyle change means adopting healthy exercising routine as well as changing eating habits. Changing eating habits incorporates close monitoring of the food types; specifically carbohydrates and fatty foods. It is strongly recommended that diabetics must work closely with their dietitians to make out their meal plans. With the passage of time people are getting more involved in their diabetic meal plans. Some diabetics are more interested for finding the herbs and supplements that are helpful for diabetics.

The given list of herbs can be used for supplementing diabetic cooking:

Fenugreek: The leaves of fenugreek are used as herb and its seeds are used as spice. They are generally taken either as supplement or used in cooking. The clinical tests conducted on human have revealed that fenugreek has the ability to stimulate secretion of insulin. This insulin production by pancreas helps to reduce the level of blood sugar.

Cinnamon: It is also termed Cassia. It is a spice that is obtained from the bark of cinnamon tree. It is a popular ingredient of Chinese foods. Researchers conducted on Cassia have shown a significant decline in the level of blood glucose in the individuals that took the higher dosage of cinnamon.

Banana: It is a tree that is found in South East Asia. Leaves of this tree are extensively used as conventional medicine in Philippines and Indonesia. Researchers conducted in USA and Japan has revealed that active ingredients found in this herb are Corosolic acid. This ingredient gives a strong sugar controlling effect.

Asian Ginseng: It is an herb that can be easily added in the daily cooking. It can also be taken as a supplement. Chines medicines have adorned the ginseng power as booster and general cure of immunity system. It has been suggested that it helps to lower down the level of glucose as well as blood pressure. Turmeric: It is a member of the family of ginger. The active ingredient found in this herb is Cur cumin. The clinical studies conducted in rats have revealed that curcumin helps to lower down the level of glucose. Turmeric is extensively used in Indian cuisines.

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Is There Self Test For Diabetes?

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Diabetes and Its Management

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Foods that control diabetes

There are large numbers of scientific research findings to confirm the effectiveness of plant foods in managing this disease. Through the centuries, more than 400 plants have been identified, used, and prescribed as diabetic remedies. In 1550 BC, the famous Ebers Papyrus advised treating diabetes with high fiber wheat grains. Not much has changed since then. Plant foods are the drug of choice for treating diabetes. There are large numbers of scientific research findings to confirm the effectiveness of plant foods in managing this disease. Through the centuries, more than 400 plants have been identified, used, and prescribed as diabetic remedies. Raw …

Exercise for Diabetics

Exercise is a critical part of diabetic management and treatment. Exercise helps blood sugar control when the muscles use more glucose and the body becomes more sensitive to insulin. Exercise also helps to prevent and minimize common diabetic complications including heart problems, high blood pressure and circulatory deficiencies. All diabetics should include a regular exercise program as part of their overall management plan. The two most common forms of diabetes are referred to as Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes, also known as adolescent diabetes, differs from Type 2 in that the body stops producing …

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Eating Too Much Sugar Causes Diabetes
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Eating Too Much Sugar Causes Diabetes – Fact Or Fiction?

Like most diseases, there is plenty of fact and fiction and often the two become intertwined and diabetes is no exception. Most people think that eating too much sugar causes diabetes, this is not true.

Diabetes is not caused by eating sugar. Diabetes is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. However, eating a diet high in fat and sugar can cause you to become overweight.

It is being overweight that radically increases your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, so if you have a history of diabetes in your family, I would recommend a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Actually, I remember a story about an ex-patient of mine, let’s call her ‘Patricia’.

We spoke at length about all her risk factors, but she stopped me when I asked her if she had any relatives with diabetes. I couldn’t hold back the laughter, when she informed me that she wasn’t too worried as she didn’t like her relatives and had no contact with them!

You can catch diabetes from someone else – Fact or fiction?

This brings me nicely to another common myth about diabetes that it can be passed from person to person by everyday contact. Although we don’t know exactly why some people get diabetes, we know that it is not contagious – it can’t be caught like a cold or flu. There seems to be some genetic link involved particularly Type 2 diabetes. But environmental factors also play a part.

That’s enough Diabetes Fiction now for some fact

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder characterized by abnormally high blood sugar levels due either to lower production of insulin or abnormal resistance to insulin’s effects.

The major symptoms are excessive thirst, frequent urination, muscle cramps, poor healing of wounds, impaired vision and itching.

Heart disease and stroke – caused by diseased coronary arteries supplying blood to brain- are also common complications associated with diabetes.

As people age, insulin production may diminish and/or insulin resistance may increase. If the consumption of food, especially food that causes rapid surges in blood sugar levels, remains high, blood sugar levels may become and remain abnormally high, which is the condition known as diabetes.

The serious consequences of this are collapse, a diabetic fit followed by diabetic coma and if not treated quickly, death can occur.

So diabetes is a killer disease!

Conventional and Complimentary treatments.

One problem with conventional treatments is that they are sometimes cumbersome and, on their own, not always effective. They sometimes have unwanted side-effects and very occasionally serious side-effects have been reported.

This is not to say that oral medication should not be used. On the contrary, they may be life-enhancing and life-saving and they should certainly never be stopped or their dose changed without a doctor’s advice.

But the need for them – and indeed the need eventually for insulin injections – will be greatly reduced with a few simple changes to lifestyle. One of the best things you could do is follow the methods of Doctor Patrick Quill in his International bestselling book The Diabetes Improvement Program.

I’ve reviewed this book before and it stirred up quite a lot of interest, so I think it’s well worth another mention.

The author, Doctor Patrick Quill in, is renowned in this field and I’ve been impressed with his theses in the past. He uses food and supplements to slow and even reverse all aspects and symptoms of diabetes.

The programmed helps to eliminate ketones and provides an abundance of energy. It normalizes blood sugar levels, and improves both eyesight and balance. Scratches and scrapes heal much quicker. It will also renew feeling and sensation in numb limbs.

It reverses neuropathy and helps to heal ulcers. All these fantastic benefits have great knock-on effects as well. They help with blood pressure, lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, reducing your risk of heart attack, stroke and kidney damage. And for those of you that are quite handy around the kitchen, there is a second great book associated with the programmed called the Diabetics Cookbook that lists hundreds of great recipes from all around the world.

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