23 Dec It’s Early Days Yet For Possible New Diabetes Treatment
Diabetes is a serious metabolic disease caused by the body’s inability to produce proper amounts of insulin to regulate the usage and storage of sugar in the bloodstream. When your body converts food into glucose, it goes into the blood stream, and the insulin is what helps the glucose get into your body’s cells. If it doesn’t get moved into your cells in an efficient manner, then it is converted to fat. Also, the extra glucose floating around in your blood can make you sluggish, and contribute to other chronic diseases. These include heart disease, kidney failure, increased problems with infections and many types of circulatory problems.
There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 which occurs when the body cannot produce insulin. This tends to develop in children and young adults and requires multiple injections of insulin on a daily basis. Type 2 is by far the more common type (90%) and is strongly associated with obesity, poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle. Type 2 is more common as we age and has a strong correlation with family history. Up until now there had been no apparent leads on a cure.
If you are African-American, Native American, or Latino, your chance of developing diabetes is even greater! Of the 16 million diabetics in America, three million are African-American – a 33 percent increase over the last decade. In some Native American tribes, as many as 50 percent will develop diabetes.
According to recent research carried out in Edinburgh, a team of experts have developed a system that could slash the number of people dying from diabetes-related complications by 50 percent. Experts at the Royal Infirmary believe that a simple heart monitoring system combined with simple medication use could help to save thousands of lives. Dr. Matthew Young reportedly commented, “By applying the principles of cardiovascular risk reduction, and by learning more about a patient’s cardiac health, we were able to offer them a more specialized package of care. These improvements have halved this death rate to under a quarter of foot ulcer patients dying within five years of their ulcer.”
The system could have a future in the treatment of diabetes. Dr. Young reportedly said, “The marked improvement in mortality in our patients occurred at a time when greater attention was given to glycaemic control, blood pressure and lipid management . Therefore it is most likely that the introduction of the aggressive cardiovascular risk management policy has contributed to the improvement in mortality observed.”
This research may be the answers to many prayers world-wide and we await future results of similar studies.
We at Boomer Yearbook are excited and thrilled by the prospect of this type of diabetes treatment. We’d love to hear your thoughts.
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