RSSAll Entries Tagged With: "Diabetes"

How to Tell Your Child about Diabetes

How to Tell Your Child about Diabetes

You were probably floored when you found out that your child has diabetes. When you recovered from the shock, you may have experienced plenty of other emotions: anger, guilt, fear, and de­pression. These kinds of reactions are entirely normal. But as you work through your feelings (with or without professional psycho­logical help), there are practical [...]

How to Take Care of Your Foot When You Have Diabetes

How to Take Care of Your Foot When You Have Diabetes

Foot complications are common among diabetics, especially Type I. In addition to problems arising from peripheral neuropa­thy, there are other causes: There is a greater tendency toward blocked blood vessels, which decreases blood circulation to the extremities. Blood cir­culation is an important factor in wound healing. Signs of poor circulation include leg cramps, slow healing [...]

How to Stay in the Military If You Have Diabetes

How to Stay in the Military If You Have Diabetes

The military is a tough nut to crack. Although the actual rules about diabetics in the military have eased somewhat, you still may not enlist if you already have the disease. If you contract it while you are on active duty, things are not as clear. Military physicians will make a decision about keeping you [...]

How to Prevent Kidney Problems When You Have Diabetes

How to Prevent Kidney Problems When You Have Diabetes

Diabetic nephropathy, or disease of the kidneys, is caused by a mechanism similar to that of diabetic retinopathy: damage to blood vessels and nephrons as a result of long-term high blood glucose. Kidney damage is particularly serious because you can­not live without them, and for diabetics, damage to one kidney usually implies present or highly [...]

How to Deal with Women Sexual Dysfunctions Caused by Diabetes

How to Deal with Women Sexual Dysfunctions Caused by Diabetes

Menstruation Some diabetic women experience a rise in blood glucose two to four days before their menstrual period. This increase is due to elevated levels of estrogen and progesterone, probably because of an incompletely understood interaction between insulin and recep­tor sites on hormonal cells, which causes temporary additional in­sulin resistance. Some women, on the other [...]

How to Deal with Men's Sexual Dysfunctions Caused by Diabetes

How to Deal with Men’s Sexual Dysfunctions Caused by Diabetes

Impotence Many men are more afraid of the possibility of impotence than they are of the side effects of diabetes. Impotence, defined as the inability to achieve or sustain an erection sufficient for sexual function, is a problem not just of diabetics but of all men. When a diabetic man suffers from impotence, the cause [...]

How to Deal with Emotional Factors of Childhood Diabetes

How to Deal with Emotional Factors of Childhood Diabetes

Childhood diabetes has been described as feeling like a bomb that goes off in a family. In some respects this is an apt description be­cause lives are forever altered and no one escapes the fallout. But unless the family was falling apart to begin with, the bomb anal­ogy is too strong. Walls don’t cave in, [...]

How to Deal with Diabetes with Intensive Therapy

How to Deal with Diabetes with Intensive Therapy

Intensive diabetes therapy is an at­tempt to imitate the way a normal pancreas responds to the body’s need for insulin. It involves frequent blood glucose testing (four or five times a day) and consequent adjustment of insulin dose and meal plan depending on the results of the blood glucose test. In fact, the insulin dose [...]

How to Deal with Adolescence with Diabetes

How to Deal with Adolescence with Diabetes

This is the time when children will begin to accept full re­sponsibility for managing their diabetes. A young person with a driver’s license, a pack of college applications in a folder, and a tuxedo or prom dress should be responsible for all aspects of dia­betes care—still with occasional parental supervision and the knowledge that if [...]

How to Cope with Job Discrimination When You Have Diabetes

How to Cope with Job Discrimination When You Have Diabetes

Legally, you cannot be discriminated against because you have diabetes. Legally, you cannot be discriminated against be­cause of your gender or religion. But legal restrictions have about as much to do with the real world of discrimination as lemon me­ringue pie have to do with building the Empire State Building. Sooner or later, if it [...]

How to Cope with Stress When You Have Diabetes

How to Cope with Stress When You Have Diabetes

When you begin to feel stressed about your diabetes, think about how much of what you are feeling is necessary and how much is not. It is natural to experience stressful times, but diabetes is going to be with you for the rest of your life, so minimizing related stress and adopting a healthy, but [...]

How to Deal with Diabetes and Depression

How to Deal with Diabetes and Depression

When anger, grief, and denial are directed inward, they can turn into energy-sapping depression. Not only is this not helpful, it can be debilitating. You need all the strength you can muster to make arrangements for your treatment and get control of your diabetes. True, it is depressing to be sick, but you are not [...]

How to Deal with Diabetes during Pregnancy

How to Deal with Diabetes during Pregnancy

Although pregnant women with diabetes are considered high risk, their survival rate and that of their infants is the same as nondia-betic women. There are, however, things about which diabetic women need to be especially careful during pregnancy. You guessed it—the most important is keeping tight blood glucose con­trol. Deciding to become pregnant at any [...]

How to Control Diabetes without Fear

How to Control Diabetes without Fear

Uncontrolled diabetes really is something to be scared of. It’s a serious, potentially fatal disease. If you don’t take care of your­self and learn to control the disease, some pretty awful things can happen. Driving a car is something to be really scared of. Driving a two-ton machine at seventy miles an hour—only a few [...]

How to Control Diabetes with Physical Activity

How to Control Diabetes with Physical Activity

Many people hate the word “exercise.” It conjures up images of sweat-soaked young women—with great figures, skin-tight leo­tards, and pert little ponytails—prancing around a mirrored room to loud music. Or it brings to mind muscle-bound studs lifting hundreds of pounds of weight—sweaty and grunting. You may think of neighbors you see pounding the pavement as [...]

How to Choose Your Physical Activities for Diabetes

How to Choose Your Physical Activities for Diabetes

Do activities you like, or at least the ones you hate the least, while getting the most benefit from them. The best type of exercise for a diabetic is one that uses large amounts of energy over a rela­tively long period of time, what was described as moderate activity of intermediate duration: tennis, swimming, jogging, [...]

How to Balance Carbohydrates with Diabetes

How to Balance Carbohydrates with Diabetes

Carbohydrates, which are composed of a variety of sugar molecules, are known as sugars and starches and are the body’s major source of energy. In addition, carbohydrates build and re­pair body tissues and regulate most body functions. Without them, you would die. There are two major types: simple and com­plex. Simple carbohydrates are sugars such [...]

How to Choose the Right Diet for Weight Loss If You Have Diabetes

How to Choose the Right Diet for Weight Loss If You Have Diabetes

Most people with Type II diabetes have been on more than one diet in the past (Type I people tend to be naturally thin). Those diets have been more or less successful—for a time. But the weight almost always comes back, usually in greater measure than what was lost in the first place, so that [...]

How to Care for Infants and Toddlers with Diabetes

How to Care for Infants and Toddlers with Diabetes

Although it is not common, childhood diabetes is increas­ingly seen in children under age five. They require very small amounts of insulin, which of course parents must inject, usually in a diluted solution of U-100 regular insulin. A diabetes educator will show you how to prepare it. Because the disease is so unusual in young [...]

How to Treat Diabetes

How to Treat Diabetes

You’ve been overweight most of your life. You’ve tried every fad diet that comes along but just can’t seem to keep the pounds off. Suddenly, however, you’re miraculously dropping pounds with no effort. But you’re not sleeping well because you’re constantly popping up for a glass of water or a trip to the bathroom. Your [...]