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Diabetes – Advanced Treatment Trends

Similar to obesity, diabetes is now considered by many health experts and professionals as an “epidemic” as more and more people suffer from it. The age ranges of people who become prone to it are becoming younger and younger.

And the people who are at risk are those who do not only have diabetes history in their families but also those who have developed the disease over time.

Professional experts say that people who have a family history of diabetes are the primary set of people who are most at risk. But, they are certainly not the only ones who can suffer from this chronic illness.

The facts are that almost everyone —especially those who have high glucose content in their blood but are unable to utilize it — are prone to having this disease.

There is a belief that trends are changing:

Before, when you were diagnosed with diabetes, it was synonymous to loss of limbs, total or partial loss of vision , kidney failure, and finally, early death. But this is no longer the case.

Because of the trends in modern technology and advances in the medical field through research, many people with diabetes are seeing hope that they will enjoy longer and healthier lives just like the rest of the population.

1. Insulin. Since diabetes is caused by lack of supply of insulin , more and more researchers are coming up with variations in the methods which can be used to allow insulin to enter the body such as:
– implantable insulin pumps which make it possible for the blood sugar levels to be measured so the exact amount of insulin needed is delivered instantly;
– insulin inhalers which can aid the daily injections of insulin by using rapid-acting insulin which is sprayed and inhaled through the mouth to pave the way for insulin to enter the into the bloodstream quickly;
– insulin pill which uses a new type of polymer helps the diabetic get insulin faster by allowing it to get into the person’s bloodstream without being destroyed by the digestive system;
– new insulins which are designed to minimize the regimens and provide better control of blood glucose levels for diabetics including “glargine” which is a basal insulin, the “aspart” which is a very-rapid-acting insulin, and the “75/25 lispro mixture” .
2. Monitoring and tests. These are very important to any diabetic. The new trends when it comes to monitoring and tests include:
– pain free glucose tests which allows the diabetic to monitor their blood sugar levels without the pain of finger pricking to get the required blood samples;
– continuous monitoring device which is a “wrist watch like” device that provides the necessary information to allow effective management of blood glucose levels;
3. New treatments. At the present time there’s no definite treatment to cure diabetes.
However, there are more and more treatments being developed that promise better results like:
– Islet cell transplant which can be effective for people with Type 1 diabetes.It uses the Edmonton technique which utilizes cells from from a donor to help the person to produce insulin;
– gene therapy which has identified a gene called “SHIP2? which can help regulate the production of insulin;
4. Vaccine. The vaccine contains a peptide that helps to retard the destruction of pancreatic cells in the human body.

As a result of these advancements more and more diabetics now believe that they can live longer lives despite their illness.

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Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Treatment

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus is a serious disease and we already covered the basics, as for the treatment, the immediate goal of the diabetes type 2 treatment is to lower the glucose level in the blood. The long term goal of treatment is to prevent further diabetes related complications.

diabetes mellitus treatmentAlthough there are medications for diabetes treatment these are the things that your doctor will take care of, what every doctor will however recommend and “prescribe” is the home treatment for diabetes. This is a life long disease that needs to be controlled and kept in order, so the two types of treatment are exercise and diet. We will also talk about medication for diabetes mellitus type 2 at the end of the article.

In order to make sure that your diet and exercising is going the way they are supposed to you need to learn the management skills and test your diabetes progress, the following skills are essential in diabetes mellitus treatment:
–    Testing and recording the blood glucose level (monitoring)
–    What you should eat and when
–    How to take the needed medication
–    How to treat low and high levels of blood glucose

The need to constantly monitor diabetes is essential for the treatment. Recording your blood glucose level will tell your doctor how well your diet is performing as well as how much the exercises influence your overall state of health.

For monitoring blood glucose level you can use a glucometer, which is a device used to provide accurate readings of blood glucose levels and can be found in most pharmacies. The tests are performed per need, so in the beginning you may need to test two times a day, or specifically after a meal or before the meal and also when you wake up and before you go to bed, the schedule will be created by your doctor. The results are used to adjust your diet and exercise levels as well as medication.

Continue to read about diet and weight control, physical activity and medication used during diabetes mellitus treatment.

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