Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Diabetes Mellitus, HERBAL Formula DIABONIL®

What Is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a problem with the body's fuel system. It is caused by lack of insulin, a hormone made in the pancreas (an organ that secretes enzymes needed for digestion) that is essential for getting energy from food. There are two kinds of diabetes:
· In type 1 diabetes, which usually starts in children but can also start in adults, the body stops making insulin completely.
· In type 2 diabetes, also called adult-onset diabetes, the body still makes some insulin, but cannot use it properly.

Most adults with diabetes have type 2; in fact, type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 percent of all diabetes cases. In recent years, however, more and more adolescents, and even some children, have developed type 2 diabetes because of increasing amounts of obesity in our country.

How Insulin Works
Food is digested in the stomach and intestines, and carbohydrates are broken down into sugar molecules, or glucose, Glucose is then absorbed into the bloodstream, and blood glucose levels rise. This rise in blood sugar normally signals special cells in the pancreas, called beta cells, to release the right amount of insulin.

Insulin allows glucose and other nutrients (such as amino acids, from proteins) to enter muscle cells. There, they can be stored for later or burned for energy.
When the body has a problem making insulin or the muscle cells do not respond to insulin in the right way, diabetes results

What Are The Symptoms?
Diabetes in adults may start slowly. In fact, millions of people don't even know they have it before it is diagnosed by measuring blood glucose. Others may just feel very tired at first, then later may have these symptoms:
· Urinating more than usual, as the body tries to get rid of the extra sugar in the blood
· Feeling unusually thirsty, because the body needs to replace the lost fluid
· Nausea
· Blurred vision
· Losing weight even though eating more than usual
· Frequent infections
· Skin sores that won't heal

It's important to remember that diabetes symptoms may not be the same for everyone:
· The symptoms of type 2 diabetes may come on gradually.
· Some people may have no symptoms at all.
· Many people have type 2 diabetes and don't know it.

Untreated diabetes can cause serious health problems, such as blindness, heart and blood vessel damage, and permanent nerve damage. Seeing your doctor regularly for checkups and a discussion of your risk for diabetes is key to staying healthy.

Who Gets Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes - the type that mostly affects adults - affects all types of people. However, there are factors that can put you at higher risk for developing the condition:
· Being overweight (body mass index of 25+)
· Carrying fat around the waist and stomach
· Being sedentary
· Being more than 45 years old (being over 65 increases risk even further)
· Having a family history of type 2 diabetes
· Having had gestational diabetes (a mild glucose abnormality first noted in pregnancy which can cause difficulties with delivery and in the newborn after birth) or having a baby that weighed 9 lbs or more
· Being of African-American, Latino, Asian-American, or Native American descent
· Having a low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol level (less than 35)
· Having a high triglyceride level (250 or above)
· Having high blood pressure (140/90 mm/Hg or higher)

Type 2 diabetes used to be quite rare before middle age, but now affects more and more young people who are overweight. Being overweight, even as a child or teenager, is a significant risk factor for developing diabetes as an adult.
About Impaired Glucose Tolerance

A condition called impaired glucose tolerancem, a state between "normal" and "diabetes," could indicate that a person may get diabetes later. Impaired glucose tolerance also may put people at higher risk for heart disease and stroke.
Impaired glucose tolerance shows up on tests as a slightly elevated blood sugar level that is not high enough to be called diabetes. A doctor checks for this condition using an oral glucose tolerance test.
It is estimated that 20 million people in the U.S. have impaired glucose tolerance, including many children. Finding out about impaired glucose tolerance early might allow a person to make healthy lifestyle changes that will help them avoid getting diabetes or having other health problems later in life.
Another situation that puts a person at increased risk for getting diabetes later and for heart disease and stroke is impaired fasting glucose. In this condition, the fasting glucose level is higher than normal but less than necessary to diagnose diabetes.

How Is Diabetes Diagnosed?
Diabetes is often diagnosed by measuring fasting glucose levels. If that value is lower than the value necessary to diagnose diabetes but your doctor suspects you still may have diabetes, an oral glucose tolerance test may be done. This is a special test that shows how well the body uses glucose.
Talk to your doctor about how often you should be tested. How frequently you are tested for diabetes depends on your age and risk factors for the condition.
· If you are 45 years old or older, you need to get tested for diabetes, even if you do not have any risk factors.
· If you are younger than 45 and have one or more risk factors, you should also get tested.
· After the age of 45, people should be tested for diabetes every three years.

How Is Diabetes Treated?
Diabetes can't be cured, but it can be controlled. The treatment varies according to how much insulin the body makes, and how well the body is able to use available insulin.
· Many people with type 2 diabetes can control their diabetes at first by losing weight, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly.
· Others also need pills that help boost their natural insulin, or help the body use insulin more efficiently.
· Many adults with type 2 diabetes eventually need insulin shots.
· People with type 1 diabetes always need insulin shots.

Treatment for diabetes helps keep blood sugar levels steady and alleviates symptoms. Controlling blood sugar will also help reduce the risk of complications, such as problems with the kidneys, eyes, heart, skin, mouth and feet.

Who Treats Diabetes?
Treating diabetes is a team effort. Your diabetes team may include:
· A doctor. This may be a regular doctor or a diabetes specialist (an endocrinologist)
· A diabetes educator, who may also be a registered nurse
· A dietitian, who can help with planning meals and snacks, and can answer questions about food
People with diabetes need to have regular check-ups from a dentist and an eye doctor, and may need help from a podiatrist (foot specialist). People with diabetes may also need expert help getting started on an exercise program.

The diabetes team can help you:
· Eat in a way that keeps blood sugar as steady as possible
· Lose weight if necessary
· Test your blood sugar correctly
· Learn to take insulin shots
· Start a fitness program
· Watch for and treat symptoms of low blood sugar, which may be a medication side effect
· Watch out for early signs of complications such as problems with eyes, feet, skin and kidneys

Can Diabetes Be Controlled?
In the early stages, you may be able to control your diabetes without medication, by looking after yourself carefully. But if you are taking medication, taking care of yourself is just as important. It will help the medication work much better.
Things you can do to control your diabetes include:
Control your weight. For many people with diabetes, reducing weight is the single most important thing they can do.
· Don't try quick weight loss diets. They won't work for long, and can be dangerous.
· Do follow your diabetes team's advice, and lose weight slowly and steadily.
· Don't get discouraged. Losing as little as 10 to 15 pounds may make a big difference in how you feel and how well your diabetes is controlled.
Eat on time, and eat well. Keep track of what you eat, when you eat, and how much you eat. Small, regular meals work best for most people who have diabetes.

Exercise three to four times a week. Exercise does three good things.
· It helps control weight
· It helps the cells use blood sugar
· It helps prevent heart disease

Medication For Diabetes
There are now several medications available to treat diabetes. Most are taken in pill form. Different diabetes pills do different things:
· Help the pancreas make more insulin
· Help the body's cells use insulin more efficiently
· Work with both the pancreas and the cells to control blood sugar levels
· Slows down the digestion of carbohydrates in the food we eat causing the rise of glucose, in the blood following a meal to be less.
In order to help your diabetes medication work well, remember these points:
· You may start off with one type of medication and change or add others later.
· Keep taking your medication as directed by your doctor even if you feel better.
· Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you experience side effects or a change in your condition.

Side Effects
Diabetes medications may cause side effects, including
· Stomach upset
· Gas
· Bloating
· Diarrhea
· Metallic tast
· Less appetite

These side effects usually go away on their own in a week or two. If they don't go away, tell your doctor. He or she can probably switch you to a different medication or change your dose.

There's plenty you can do to help diabetes medication work correctly:
Follow the directions for taking medication.
Follow your treatment team's advice about when to eat meals and what to eat to help control your blood sugar.
Carry emergency snacks in case the medication causes your blood sugar to drop too low. Low blood sugar can be dangerous.
Get regular liver tests if required for your type of medication.

Herbal medication for type 2 Diabetes

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