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Diabetes Diet Education

Help me please someone - what is Diabetes Diet Education? Would it be useful to someone suffering from diabetes?
(June 22, 2008)

Diabetes Diet Education 

Diabetes diet education is vital in the point of view of the patient. Diabetes education helps in prevention of the disorder from worsening. The disorder is attended to in the earlier stages itself. This makes it easy for the individual to face the complications associated in a brave manner. As soon as an individual is diagnosed of diabetes, proper education is important regarding the onset of the disorder, causes or aetiology, complications and treatment.

Diabetes mellitus is not a disease, but a disorder. It is caused by the inability of the pancreas to secrete sufficient insulin or problems in the pancreas, resulting in uncontrolled increase in blood glucose levels. It is a serious condition, which requires immediate attention. Diabetes education helps in coping up with the situation. Knowledge of the management of the condition helps in addressing the situation well. A healthy diet with the right kind of foods and regular exercise is important. Associated complications of uncontrolled diabetes are retinopathy, neuropathy, nephropathy, cardiac problems, oral issues, gangrene development and stroke.

The ABC of diabetes is A for A1C test, B for blood pressure and C for cholesterol. The A1C test helps in detecting the blood glucose levels in the [past three months. The possibility of the blood pressure varying is high with high blood glucose. It should be kept at bay at 120/80 mmHg. The cholesterol levels are generally seen to be high in diabetes. LDL Cholesterol should be less than 100 mg/dl and the HDL levels should be greater than 40 mm/dl. An insight into the management techniques is helpful. About 30 to 60 minute physical exercise is helpful. Stress is to be overcome, as it increases the blood glucose levels. Checking your feet for blisters, cuts and so on is vital. Wound healing is low, thereby resulting in gangrene. In severe cases, amputation of the affected area is also common.

Submitted by E L on June 22, 2008 at 11:50


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