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Diabetes treatment is complex in that it involves many areas that need to be addressed. To understand diabetes treatment, let us first understand what diabetes is.

Diabetes is a condition where the body is not able to process the blood glucose either because the pancreas is not producing insulin or the body is resistant to insulin and cannot use it to turn the glucose into energy.  Diabetes is classified into Type 1 and Type 2. In Type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin because of various reasons, thus being unable to process the blood sugar causing its levels to rise. Type 2 diabetes is where the body becomes insulin resistant and thus cannot assimilate the blood glucose, again causing the levels to rise.

Diabetes treatment for both the conditions is similar in many ways. However, the main aim in diabetes treatment is to prevent the rise in glucose levels without letting them go below normal. Diabetes is a chronic disease, requiring treatment for life and as such might turn out to be very expensive. Scientists seek to find a cure for this disease with research being done in every area, from stem cells to organ transplants. Researchers are also looking at the possibility of using alternative substances like herbs for diabetes treatment. All these efforts are geared towards finding a cure for this condition.

As mentioned earlier, the main aspect of diabetes treatment involves maintaining the blood glucose levels within the normal range as much as possible. Type 1 diabetes treatment involves insulin therapy combined with a diabetic diet and exercise. Type 2 diabetes treatment focuses on lifestyle changes in the initial stages. The patient is asked to reduce weight and follow a strict diet along with regular exercise. If this diabetes treatment fails to control the rise in blood glucose levels, oral medication is prescribed. In case the patient fails to respond to any of the diabetes treatment, insulin therapy is considered.

The most important aspect of diabetes treatment is strict observation of the diabetic diet. Guidelines for a diabetic diet have been provided by the American Diabetes Association. Since diet forms the mainstay of diabetes treatment, the patient must follow a balanced, nutritious food plan that is low in fat, simple sugars and cholesterol. Total daily calories to be consumed are set according to the needs of the patient and evenly divided over three meals.

Regular exercise not only keeps you fit, it also increases your sensitivity to insulin. As a result, regular exercise is an integral part of diabetes treatment. Especially in case of Type 2 diabetes treatment, the first step is weight reduction which helps in improving insulin sensitivity, thus controlling blood glucose elevation.

When we consider allopathic medication for diabetes treatment, the medicines are designed to either increase the insulin output or decrease the amount of glucose released or improve the response of the cells to insulin. Medication for diabetes treatment may also be prescribed to decrease carbohydrate absorption or delay the presentation of carbohydrates for digestion by slow emptying of the stomach.

A combination of medicines may be used in diabetes treatment to control the elevated blood sugar levels. Each patient responds to medicines differently, hence diabetes treatment options must be tailored to the needs of the patient. It is essential that diabetic patients work with their doctors to find a diabetes treatment method that offers the greatest benefits with minimum risk.

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What does gum disease have to do with diabetes?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is one of the leading causes of tooth loss among adults and is also frequently linked to the control of diabetes. The title sounds kind of odd doesn’t it? But the fact remains that if you suffer from diabetes, chances are, your gums too would suffer. Most doctors who treat diabetic patients are either are unaware of the link between diabetes and gums or simply forget to mention it. The result is that problem with the gums are often overlooked or get misdiagnosed and mistreated.

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When diabetes is poorly managed, it can lead to periodontal diseases in both children and adults. It has been recorded as affecting children as young as 10. Periodontal disease and diabetes may be classified as those infections which affect the bone holding the teeth in place, and the gums.

Last week one of my clients missed his appointment with me and turned up three days later stating that he had to do a root canal. It struck me as odd because this client was always fastidious about his hygiene so I asked if his dentist had specifically identified any cavity or infection that might have necessitated such a procedure. He said no, but that my client had complained of sensitive teeth and hence the dentist felt a root canal would help. Sounded a bit shaky to me but I thought it best not to argue the issue further especially since the deed was done and nothing I said would either reverse or make my client feel better. Besides, I only had my client’s version of events.

Fact is, diabetes specialists have often noted increased incidences of gum infection amongst diabetics. The high blood sugar levels typically found amongst diabetics makes it difficult for their body to ward off bacteria and infection that causes oral diseases.

There are three ways to keep the threat of oral infection at bay – good oral hygiene, keeping your blood sugar levels under control and, by taking antioxidant supplements. Antioxidant supplements such as vitamin “C”, bioflavonoids and grape seed extract s help combat bacterial infections in the gums.

I would also recommend inclusion of currants, blueberries, blackberries and cranberries, oranges, grapefruit and tangerines in your diet. These provide antioxidant and bioflavonoids naturally. In fact, if you have enough of these in your daily diet, you need not take antioxidant supplements at all – just make sure you take them in their natural form and not as a juice or jam. Remember these fruits lose their antioxidant the moment they are peeled or crushed or processed.

If you notice your teeth have suddenly become sensitive ask yourself if you also have a cold or nasal infection – the two are interconnected. The moment your cold or nasal infection is cured, your teeth will be back to normal. If a procedure has been specified and you have some doubt about it, you can always seek a second opinion – it’s your right. In all cases, maintain your hygiene. It is cheaper to maintain our hygiene than paying for expensive cures.

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