Caffeine and Diabetes

Although researchers in Japan are saying those who drink coffee or green tea have reduced risk of diabetes; caffeine remains a concern as a higher risk for diabetes. The Japanese study focused on drinkers of black, green, or oolong tea that were between the ages of 40 and 65.

These researchers are confident that those who drink at least three or more cups of caffeine each day are able to reduce their risk of diabetes by 33 percent. However, other substances in coffee affect the metabolism, and cause other health problems.

Most research shows that avoiding caffeine is the answer to reducing the risks of diabetes. Researchers from a well-known university medical center found a strong tie between caffeine intake at a meal, with increased levels of glucose and insulin among people who have Type 2 diabetes.

Insulin and Caffeine

Insulin is needed by the cells to convert glucose into energy. Having caffeine with a meal hinders the ability to metabolize the meals that are eaten, and should be avoided. Fasting subjects who took part in this research saw no significant change in glucose or insulin levels.

The goal for diabetics is to keep the blood glucose level down. With eating a healthy diet and getting the proper exercise, diabetics should also consider cutting out caffeine.

Ketoacidosis

Ketones are acids that build up in your blood supply and are a warning sign you’re your diabetes is not under control. It shows up in urine when you are not getting the needed amount of insulin. Ketones poison your body and ketoacidosis is the result of too many ketones in your urine. Ketoacidosis is both dangerous and life threatening.

This complication rarely happens in people with Type 2 diabetes, but does pose a serious problem for those who have Type 1 diabetes. Patients with Type 2 diabetes are threatened with a similar condition called hyperosmolar nonketotic coma. This complication usually appears in elderly diabetes patients. Ketoacidosis can result in a diabetic coma or death. If you have Type 1 diabetes, it is important you know what warning signs to watch for. This complication normally develops slowly but if you are vomiting, it can develop faster. Here are some of the symptoms.

    • A dry mouth or extreme thirst
    • Urinating more than usual
    • High levels of ketones in the urine
    • High levels of blood glucose

Once these symptoms appear, they progress to other more serious symptoms. Those symptoms are:

    • Flushed and dry skin

Diabetes Symptoms

For Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, there are many signs in common. Fatigue is one cause for worry. Fatigue indicates that the body is not using glucose for fuel efficiently. The body will switch over to burning the fat in the body as its fuel source. This causes the body to use more energy and the result is continuous tiredness.

If you experience unexplained weight loss, even though you are eating the right amounts of food, and even more, you may not be processing the calories. You are also losing sugar and water by frequent urination. Dehydration also leads to weight loss. Excessive thirst occurs when there are high blood sugar levels in the blood. It signals the brain there is too much sugar in the blood and the body tries to dilute it. This will make you constantly feel thirsty.

Hunger

Another way to rid the body of excess blood sugar is through frequent urination. Sugar carries water with it as it is flushed out of the body. The body gets confused and tries to produce more insulin when the body has become resistant to it. When the body has high insulin levels, the body thinks it needs to stimulate hunger. You may be eating more, but not gaining weight, and could even lose weight.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring

Continuous glucose monitoring is giving hope to thousands of diabetics today. New experimental technology is now available that checks a diabetic’s blood sugar and lets them know if it falls to a dangerous low. Researchers have been looking for something like this gadget for years. Monitoring devices are now coming on the market and by late summer 2006 will be available in the United States.

Hope for A Brighter Future

Although the monitors are not as accurate as blood tests, researchers are hoping that within a couple of years it will allow a diabetic to forgo sticking their finger to test for blood glucose levels. If the monitor signals that blood sugar levels are low, it is necessary to take a blood test for confirmation. The monitors are also slow to show rapid changes that occur, especially when you exercise. This monitor is working to make finger lances outdated for all diabetics.

Side Effects

Those who have used the monitors report little discomfort. A patch worn on the abdomen may hurt when it goes on because there is a tiny wire placed under the skin to measure the glucose in cell fluid. Once the patch is on, it is comfortable to wear and sends information to a receiver. The receiver is about the size of a cell phone. A patch can be worn for several days before changing.

Diabetes Complications

A subtle disease which can often remain undetected for many years, diabetes can cause serious complications. These can include blindness, cataracts, thrombosis, and nephropathy. To avoid these consequences, many treatments can and should be given which help to give the chance of a normal life to any person who suffers from this condition.

Some other side effects of diabetes include tiredness, nausea and palpitations. However the most frequent side effects for the diabetic person are hypoglycemia, and hyperglycemia which are serious conditions which can cause the diabetic person to fall into a coma.

Long Term Effects

Over the long term, more serious diabetes complications include infarction, blindness, amputation and renal diseases. However there are many treatments nowadays which allow a diabetic to lead a healthy life. Those people with diabetes should be encouraged to use these treatments and seek medical advice as soon as they suspect anything is wrong.

Before the discovery of insulin, type 1 diabetes was fatal. Now with the advent of insulin and other remedies those people with type 1 diabetes can live a long and fulfilling life.

Hemorrhoids and Infrared Coagulation

For people looking for ways to treat hemorrhoids, there are several options available. The first thing that you should do is talk with your doctor to be sure that it is actually hemorrhoids you have. Sometimes you could have some digestive problem not related to hemorrhoids masquerading. If it is hemorrhoids, you will want to look at alternatives for helping to treat the problem. One available method for treatment is known as IRC.

IRC stands for Infrared Coagulation, a non-surgical treatment for hemorrhoids provided by certain doctors and physicians. This procedure can help alleviate medium to severe symptoms of hemorrhoids. The majority that use this method do not have problems with hemorrhoids following the treatment.

The IRC Treatment

Vision Problems

There are many conditions affecting the eyes and vision system. One of the most common is low vision.

Low vision means that even with regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery, people find everyday tasks difficult to do. Reading the mail, shopping, cooking, seeing the TV, and writing can seem challenging.

Millions of Americans lose some of their vision every year. Irreversible vision loss is most common among people over age 65.

Is losing vision just part of getting older?

No. Some normal changes in our eyes and vision occur as we get older. However, these changes usually don’t lead to low vision.

Most people develop low vision because of eye diseases and health conditions like macular degeneration, cataract, glaucoma, and diabetes. A few people develop vision loss after eye injuries or from birth defects. While vision that’s lost usually cannot be restored, many people can make the most of the vision they have.

Your eye care professional can tell the difference between normal changes in the aging eye and those caused by eye diseases.

How do I know if I have low vision?