4 things to watch for if your diabetes goes unchecked

November is Diabetes Month, and according to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Diabetes Mellitus is a cardiovascular disease. When a person with diabetes mellitus has persistently elevated glucose levels above 180 mg/dl (Hemoglobin A1c at or greater than 8.0%), complications to the small blood … Continue reading 4 things to watch for if your diabetes goes unchecked

Dialysis or transplant? During kidney failure, know your options

Dialysis and kidney transplantation are treatments for severe kidney failure. When kidneys are no longer working effectively, waste products and fluid build up in the blood. When they fail – often because of diabetes, high blood pressure or hereditary conditions – the damage can spread to other parts of the body. There is a shortage … Continue reading Dialysis or transplant? During kidney failure, know your options

Want to lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes?

Adjustments in your daily lifestyle can have a dramatic effect on risks and complications of heart disease and diabetes. This includes losing weight, quitting smoking, eating healthier and exercising. Reducing your body weight by 5 to 7 percent reduces long-term complications of heart disease and diabetes in every race and ethnicity. For diabetic patients, a … Continue reading Want to lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes?

Traveling with diabetes? Plan with these tips

Holiday travel can be stressful enough, but for the many millions of Americans who have been diagnosed with diabetes, it may be especially challenging. This recent dailyRx feature offers some helpful tips for those traveling with diabetes. The piece notes that “Traveling can disrupt meal, rest and exercise routines, all of which can make it harder … Continue reading Traveling with diabetes? Plan with these tips

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) a risk for smokers, diabetics

Peripheral arterial disease, or PAD, is defined as the blockage of the peripheral arteries, excluding the arteries in the heart, aortic arch or brain. It is characterized by the hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and the subsequent blockage of the arteries in the extremities, and is a marker for systemic vascular disease involving the heart, brain … Continue reading Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) a risk for smokers, diabetics