Which One Is Better Treat Or Prevent

Treat Or Prevent
“The costs of care for this disease (diabetes), not established timely interventions could bankrupt the health system of the country the next decade.”

financial-crisisSe for Mexico but I think it is a situation that is affecting most countries and cities around the world, specifically the “developed” world. It seems incredible, but the more money government spends on treating a disease, more cases of this disease (like diabetes) appear. According to the news I read, “In the last three years have invested about 17 billion pesos in the construction and equipping of 800 medical units of different sizes.”

The relationship should be reversed, do not you think? The more you spend on treating an illness, fewer cases of the disease. Not so.
In my humble opinion the problem is that they are spending all that money just to “treat” disease, not prevent or cure them. Treating a disease means that you develop a system to keep the disease at the same point, ie neither improve nor worsen. And this is how the pharmaceutical industry earns billions of dollars, euros or the currency that is, keeping the disease.

Another rooster sing if they were the patients themselves, the people who decide where to spend public money (the money we all paying).

But anyway, they say every cloud has a silver lining, so you might “need” to occur to bankrupt the health system there is a change in the way of treating the health of citizens

Type I Diabetes


Type I diabetes is characterized by inadequate pancreatic insulin secretion, and the consequent need for replacement of the hormone daily via subcutaneous injections. In the absence of insulin, glucose transport into cells is hindered, causing a progressive hyperglycemia and ketoacidosis. Individuals with type II diabetes (or adult onset) are usually older than 45 years and normally undergo insulin resistance rather than a quantitative insufficiency. Typically, oral medications and weight loss are able to control hyperglycemia in type II diabetes without insulin application.

The main objective in the daily management of patients with Type I diabetes is to maintain a state of euglicemia – preventing hyper-and hypoglycemia – balancing the influences of diet, exercise, and insulin on blood glucose levels. But ultimately, morbidity and mortality of this disease are associated with vascular and neurological complications that normally occur in clinical form in young adulthood, and include :

* A generalized thickening of the basement membranes of capillaries (microangiopathy) that affects various organs, with greater prominence of the eye (diabetic retinopathy) and kidneys (diabetic nephropathy).
* An accelerated atherosclerotic vascular disease (macroangiopathy), presenting as early disease of the coronary arteries and heart attack.

* A peripheral neuropathy affecting sensory function, motor, and autonomic.

It is clear the relationship between insulin deficiency and these chronic complications of diabetes. More specifically, it is uncertain whether tight control of sugar levels in the blood favorably influence the natural course of the neurovascular manifestations of diabetes (DCCT Research Group, 1988). Still, the fact to avoid fluctuations in blood glucose concentrations outside the normal range, is considered an important goal for most physicians caring for these patients.

The observation made by McMillan (1979) that physical activity has been recommended for the treatment of diabetes mellitus since “time immemorial” is probably not an exaggeration. Historians have marked the relationship between exercise and diabetes as early as 600 BC, when the Indian physician Sushruta prescribed physical activity for patients with this disease. Among his successors, who were also convinced of the benefits of regular exercise on diabetes, were the prominent Roman doctor Celsus and the Chinese Yuan-Fang Chao, who practiced during the Sui Dynasty in 600 AD. What these doctors noticed was a better sense of wellbeing in patients with diabetes, and the subsequent demonstration that physical activity could decrease blood glucose levels in this disease, suggested another reason to include exercise in their treatment. When Lawrence (1926) found that physical activity improved the hypoglycaemic effect of insulin administered, regular exercise has become a key element in the triad in the treatment of diabetes: insulin, exercise, and diet (Joslin, 1959).

The enthusiasm for exercise was based on the premise that the effects of glucose decreased by physical activity would improve metabolic control, benefiting the quality of life of patients with diabetes. A scientific assessment of the relationship between exercise and diabetes, made in the past two decades has supported only a part of such hopes, but in the overall analysis, regular exercise continues to play an important role in the health of these children and adolescents.

In addition to any specific effect of exercise on diabetes, children with this disease deserve to enjoy, like young non-diabetics, the same social and health benefits of regular physical activity. Still, fear of the metabolic changes during exercise which could precipitate a hypo-or hyperglycemia causes many children with diabetes avoid physical activity. Physicians have the opportunity to contribute to the welfare of these patients by helping them to adapt their treatment so as to allow safe participation in sports events.


There’s Artificial Pancreas for diabetes


The scientists showed functional artificial pancreas to regulate blood sugar levels in children with type 1 diabetes. The results of this research is a step forward in diabetes research.

In these trials, the scientists combine sensors “real time” which measures glucose levels with insulin pumps that deliver so that they can control blood sugar levels overnight. This will significantly reduce the risk of hypoglycemia (blood sugar too low).

Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas produces only a little insulin or none at all. Without insulin circulating in the blood, the sugar will not be able to enter body cells and will remain in the blood. To replace the insulin the body does not produce it, type 1 diabetics rely on insulin medication or injections.

In his research, 17 children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes patients involved in research for 54 nights in the hospital. In general, glucose monitoring devices and insulin pumps are used in this research is widely used and sold freely.

However, for the patient’s condition monitoring system can be deeper, the researchers made a sophisticated algorithm to calculate the amount of insulin delivered based on current glucose levels (real time).

Researchers then measured the work of artificial pancreas to control glucose levels compared with patients who use insulin pumps. In general, artificial pancreas is able to keep blood sugar within normal levels around 60 percent, compared with the insulin pump that only 40 percent.

Since the late 1970s, doctors had to transplant the pancreas. If the transplant is successful, a lot of people with diabetes it does not take insulin or need to frequently measure blood sugar.

However, transplantation is not always successful. In addition to the risks associated with any surgery, there is also a reaction to rejection of new organs. Therefore, the doctors recommend the use of medications and lifestyle changes to control diabetes.

Hopefully, with the success of artificial pancreas test this, open the hope for people with diabetes avoid the dangers of high blood sugar fluctuations.


Stevia As Sweetener

Stevia Sweetener It seems that finally we can buy and take what it is stevia, a natural sweetener for diabetics with beneficial properties, not as something labeled as a supplement or additive to the bathroom (which were bound to producers or distributors of stevia so far , since the authorities did not allow selling it as a sweetener)

I just read in a story entitled “The ka’a he’e is a drug that can fight diabetes and hypertension, which in fact is an interview with medical researcher Dr. Luis A. Barriocanal Perasso.

To date, stevia or ka’a he’e (his original name) was only allowed its sale as a sweetener in various countries, while others like the U.S. and Europe could be marketed in that food category (many believe that for fault of multinational companies producing artificial sweeteners that were threatening their businesses). Some institutions allowed to take it in moderation because they were not sure of their long-term effects.

Well, now the JECFA (for its initials in English) or Kingdom Expert Committee on Food Additives of FAO and WHO (U.S. Organization for Food and the World Health Organization, respectively), which regulates global entity Substances that are safe for human consumption has already approved stevia for consumption in the world.

Now it remains that the U.S. FDA and EFSA European administrative formalities are conducted to eliminate those barriers that had risen against stevia. Knowing how these institutions would not surprise me still have to take time to do the paperwork necessary for change.

I recommend reading this interview, in which he speaks of:

  • Discovery of the first global long-term study on stevia.
  • Use of Stevia replace other oral hypoglycemic agents, ie other tablets to treat diabetes, but naturally.
  • Pressures and conspiracy to stevia.
  • Security mechanisms of this plant.
  • Benefits of stevia for health: low blood sugar and low pressure when it is high.
  • Future demand for stevia in food and beverage companies.
  • Its use to prevent diabetes.
  • The current production of stevia insufficient.

In short, we are in luck, because this decision to declare stevia as totally safe for human consumption will benefit many people.

And see if from now on give authorities some breathing Josep Pamies and let you perform without hindrance and obstacles your great job defending the stevia in Spain.

Diabetes and Skin Care

Skin CareThat does not take away the sweet softness. It is very common for people with diabetes have skin problems, as the rise in the level of sugar or glucose in the blood causes it to lose moisture, drying out and have more risk of injury and infection. So you can keep your skin soft and hydrated, here are some recommendations for the daily care of your skin that are easy to follow.

Since Albert has diabetes is controlled not to eat so many sweets and try to do more physical activity to maintain their glucose levels in check. However, it has a recurring problem: it dries the skin of the feet and some cracks appear again and again. As a long time this happens, cream is usually applied as recommended by your doctor (but not between the toes, because there is kept out moisture and fungi). That solves it, until it reappears.

Alberto does not know what is possibly the problem of dry skin can be caused precisely by his diabetes. It is therefore important that in addition to what you eat, also have other care to avoid skin complications associated with this disease.

For example, the skin is an organ that needs special care in people with diabetes. This is because, when sugar levels are elevated, the skin becomes dry and dehydrated, because the body loses fluids. Thus, it can cause itching and pain, and you can scratch and irritate the skin cracking.

If an injury or wound, germs or microbes can enter the body more easily, causing an infection. And as the extra glucose feeds the germs too, that makes the infection is greater and more difficult to heal.

Therefore it is important to keep the skin hydrated, which means neither damp nor transpired. Why? Because moisture causes the appearance of fungi (such as happens to Alberto), another of the common conditions of diabetes, particularly in overweight people.

It is estimated that one third of people with diabetes suffer at some point in their lives, a skin caused by this disease. In fact, the first indication that a person has diabetes, may be the presence of skin problems related to fungi, chronic ulcers and infections.