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.
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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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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What are the acute complications of diabetes?
1. Severely elevated blood sugar levels due to an actual lack of insulin or a relative deficiency of insulin.
2. Abnormally low blood sugar levels due to too much insulin or other glucose-lowering medications.
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