Category Archives: Diabetes

Early detection could limit nerve damage for diabetics

DEBILITATING nerve damage that affects as many as half the country’s diabetes sufferers could be arrested with early detection, according to a world-first trial at the Prince of Wales Hospital.

Dr Arun Krishnan, a neurologist at the hospital and the study’s lead author, believes nerve excitability testing could be used to detect neuropathy in people before any outward signs of damage are exhibited.

He believes that treatments used only in more advanced cases of neuropathy could be effective in these early cases, although they are not used currently because the nerve damage is as yet undiagnosed.

Patients urged to take advantage of modern health care gadgets

UAE Health By Dina El Shammaa, Abu Dhabi Deputy Editor

Abu Dhabi: Patients should use technology to their advantage and avoid relying on their own memory, health care professionals said at a conference on Tuesday.

During Tuesday’s final day of the Arabian Public Health Forum 2010, patients were advised to keep well-informed on care area focuses such as preventive education and chronic illness management, through simple technology such as mobile phones.

Speaking about the importance of technology during his presentation, Dr Saif Al Jaibeji, Medical Director at the Green Crescent Insurance Company, explained the importance of using a glucometer equipped with a two-way communication between patients and caregivers and a system of medical alerts and reminders. The reading goes directly from the glucometer to the health care provider via mobile phone.

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Smog may add to diabetes risk

By Mary Brophy Marcus, USA TODAY
How smoggy your city is might affect your chances of developing diabetes, research published today shows.

Researchers from Children’s Hospital Boston found a strong correlation between adult diabetes and particulate air pollution, a correlation that persists even after adjustment for other risk factors, including obesity and ethnicity, says study author John Brownstein, assistant professor at Children’s Hospital Boston. The research is published in the journal Diabetes Care.

The investigators obtained county-by-county data on pollution levels from the Environmental Protection Agency during 2004 and 2005, as well as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Census information on the prevalence of adult diabetes, Brownstein says.

“We saw this really robust relationship looking at both EPA data and prevalence data, adjusting for pretty much any other confounding variables we could think of — obesity, exercise, ethnicity, distance to fast-food restaurants — but this one factor, pollution, remained significant,” Brownstein says.

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My Mediband Saved My Life

Chris Bunney, 42, a Sleep Scientist from Victoria, Australia was diagnosed with insulin dependent diabetes at the end of 2003, and wanted to find a medical ID bracelet which would communicate medical information to paramedics if an emergency situation arose.

Having tried a number of metal ID bracelets, Chris often found these uncomfortable, ineffective, and impractical for everyday wear. He ceased wearing a bracelet, shortly after which he fell ill and was rushed to hospital. Doctors advised that a medical ID bracelet should be worn at all times, but could only offer him the metal style. However, after a simple Google search for silicone wristbands, Chris came across the Mediband website.

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