HYPOGLYCEMIA – What is it?

What is hypoglycemia? Hypoglycemia is the term for low blood glucose (sugar) (BG <70 mg/dl) How is hypoglycemia treated? ·      Follow rule of 15 ·      For mild to moderate hypoglycemia, you need to consume 15 grams of carbohydrates Wait 15 minutes and retest your blood glucose level. If it is still low, consume another 15 …

Diabetes Management

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How should I Manage my Diabetes? Management of diabetes involves three main components. Diet Exercise Medication (oral or insulin) What Diet should I take for Diabetes ? Diabetes does not require special foods. A healthy, balanced diet can come from everyday foods. If you have diabetes, you should ·      Choose foods that are low in …

Monitor your Diabetes

What are the tests that are required to monitor Diabetes progression? Tests for Diabetes can be divided into three tiers according to frequency*: 1.     On Daily basis: Blood sugar with glucometer 2.     Every Three Monthly: HbA1c, Blood glucose from lab, Lipid profile 3.     Every yearly: Hemogram, LFTs, KFTs, Urine evaluation,HbA1c, Lipid Profile, Eye checkup, Foot …

Should I treat my Diabetes?

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Why should I treat my Diabetes?  Keeping your glucose levels close to normal will greatly lower your chances of developing long term complications. If you already have complications, keeping your glucose levels close to normal will help keep these problems from getting worse. What can be the serious long-term problems due to diabetes? Diabetes can affect …

Diabetes – Do you know all about it??

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Why should we care about Diabetes? Diabetes is a very common disorder to an extent that upto 12% of population in Delhi is diabetic and another 15-20 % is pre-diabetic. Diabetes is a disorder with very serious consequences if not treated well. And it is very costly to treat diabetic complications than to prevent them. …

WINTER WOES: Facing them head-on

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Winter is around and so are the various problems that come with it. The cold and dry air leads to breathing dif-iculties, increased viral infections and gives us dry, -laky skin to manage skin to manage. Old age further aggravetes the severity of these problem. Understanding the basics, would help us become winter ready so …

WINTER READY FOR ASTHMA

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Asthma is a common, potentially serious chronic disease that imposes a substantial burden on patients, their families and the community. It causes respiratory symptoms, limitation of activity, )lare ups (attacks) that sometimes require urgent health care and may be fatal. What is Asthma? Asthma causes symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest tightness, wheezing and …

ANTI AGING SUPER FOOD

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There are no short cuts to creating an anti aging platter, but yes there some foods that are shown to promote good health. Also, some basic rules that help us maintaining the good health and vitality. The basic rules that we should stick to are : – Eating smaller portion in each meal. – Choosing …

AGING SKIN: Can I reverse the changes ?

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Aging changes in the skin are a group of common conditions and developments that occur as people grow older. The structure and the function of skin change with age. Skin changes that accompany aging include: • Roughened or dry skin • Benign growths such as seborrheic keratoses and cherry angiomas • Loose facial skin, especially …

DIABETES MANAGEMENT: the challenges in old age

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Diabetes is a complex illness, in the sense there is complex hormonal dysregulation. Insulin might be low, insulin might be high but not acting (resistance),counteracting hormones (that increase the blood sugar levels) might be high. The basic crux remains that we need to control the high blood glucose/sugar surges that might happen through the day …