Diabetic Retinopathy – the Hard Facts

Diabetic retinopathy affects 80% of people who have been diabetic for 20 years or more. The disease accounts for 12% of all new cases of blindness each year in the West and is the leading cause for blindness in persons aged 20 to 64 years. Here are the symptoms, causes and treatments for diabetic retinopathy and how you can avoid going blind. Continue reading “Diabetic Retinopathy – the Hard Facts”

Exercise for the brain

As most diabetics know, a modicum of exercise can help you reverse your diabetes. But various exercises can also deliver a series of benefits for your brain. What are these benefits and which ways of exercising are most appropriate for brain health? Continue reading “Exercise for the brain”

Why your metabolic age matters

Metabolic age is a word that is bandied about a lot by fitness gurus. But what is metabolic age and what does it signify? If it is too high, how can you improve it? And is it relevant when you are trying to beat your diabetes? Continue reading “Why your metabolic age matters”

How to monitor your weight (and why you should do so)

You need some fat if you body is to function properly. But too much fat will harm your health. Most diabetics are overweight when they are diagnosed. So you need to monitor your fatness and take corrective action. Here are eight ways you can check your adiposity. Continue reading “How to monitor your weight (and why you should do so)”

How to prevent pre-diabetes getting worse

So the doctor says you have pre-diabetes. You are scared and so you should be … you know the consequences should your pre-diabetes morph into actual diabetes. But you can avoid developing full-blown type 2 diabetes with a few simple adjustments to your lifestyle. Here’s how … Continue reading “How to prevent pre-diabetes getting worse”

How diabetes can damage your kidneys (and what you can do about it)

Your kidneys contain millions of minute blood vessels that filter waste products from your blood. But diabetes can damage these amazing organs, so they lose their filtering ability. How is kidney disease caused and what can you do to prevent or reverse the damage? Continue reading “How diabetes can damage your kidneys (and what you can do about it)”

The link between gout and diabetes

Is there a link between diabetes and gout, that intense pain you feel in your joints? What is gout and how is it caused? And, if you are diabetic, what is the best way to treat your gout and avoid debilitating attacks? Continue reading “The link between gout and diabetes”

Why you should stop taking drugs for your diabetes

The drugs doctors recommend for diabetes come with a long-list of damaging side effects. In addition they do not increase the survival rates of people who take these drugs. Here’s why you should stop taking these drugs … and what you can do instead to beat your diabetes. Continue reading “Why you should stop taking drugs for your diabetes”

Scared of Christmas?

As a diabetic you should be! Yuletide food is far removed from what you should be eating. Here are a few tips to help you to survive. Continue reading “Scared of Christmas?”

Infographic: Beating Diabetes

Infographic: Defeating the Effects of Diabetes

Every minute of every single day, three people are diagnosed with diabetes. This equates to 32,000 people a week being diagnosed with the condition, which affects 5% of the world’s population … Maria O’Driscoll explains.

It is obvious that diabetes is all too prevalent. Indeed studies from the World Health Organization indicate that the problem is going to get a lot worse before it gets any better.

Union Quay Medical Centre in Ireland (click here) has created an informative infographic overview of diabetes (see below).

The infographic touches upon the main differences between the two types, its main symptoms and what health effects it can cause.

It also unveils a series of myths related to diabetes … such as that of having ‘a bit of’ the condition, or being able to detect a decrease in your blood glucose level.

Type 2 diabetes affects 90-95% of all sufferers. But the one silver lining of Type 2 is that it can be treated with a few lifestyle and dietary changes.

Increasing your amount of exercise is one of them, and that doesn’t mean having to sweat away for hours in the gym. Even a 30-minute walk at least five days a week could lead to dramatic improvements in your health.

Likewise, dietary changes don’t absolutely have to exclude sweet foods, but rather limiting their intake. It helps if you cook your own meals, as you can control exactly what ingredients go into them … and to use smaller crockery so that you’re eating an ideal amount while still having a full plate!

Now check out the infographic for info and smart tips on beating diabetes.

Infographic on Diabetes

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