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By Rafael Castillo M.D.
The cool breeze gently reminds us that the Christmas season has started. Many families, companies and organizations are foregoing their Christmas parties in light of the dire situation in Tacloban and other typhoon-ravaged areas in the country. The saved funds are instead to be donated to help in the relief operations in these places.
By Susan Yu-Gan MD
Carefully following the diabetes management plan you and your doctor developed is vital in preventing hypoglycemia. Your diabetes management plan is designed to match the dose and timing of your medication/s to your usual schedule of meals and activities. Any mismatch in your medication/s and meals/activities could result in hypoglycemia.
By Elizabeth Paz-Pacheco M.D.
Our digestive system breaks down carbohydrates from foods such as rice, bread, pasta, fruits and vegetables into various forms of simple sugars. One of these sugars is glucose, the body’s main source of energy.
By Veronica A. Racho M.D.
For diabetics, especially those on insulin, travel can be daunting. This article aims to help diabetics reduce the stress of traveling and make planning for a trip as enjoyable as possible.
By Nemencio A. Nicodemus Jr. MD
Not too long ago, the common type of diabetes in children and teens was type 1, a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or virtually no insulin. Today, no thanks to obesity brought on by physical inactivity and unhealthy eating habits, more and more young individuals are developing type 2 diabetes, the more common form that occurs when the body becomes resistant to the actions of insulin apart from not making enough insulin.
By Cecile A. Jimeno MD
Many people with diabetes require insulin therapy to maintain optimal blood glucose control and prevent complications. Insulin is recognized as one of the most effective treatments for diabetes mellitus. However, one of the greatest difficulties facing individuals with diabetes who need to inject insulin is the social stigma associated with insulin shots.
By Sjoberg A. Kho MD
Most patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are above their ideal weight. Excess weight, particularly around the waist, is a major cause of insulin resistance, a condition in which the body does not use insulin effectively causing glucose to build up in the blood instead of being absorbed by the cells. Over time, insulin resistance can lead to type 2 diabetes.
By Francis I. Pasaporte M.D.
Finding the right team of skilled health professionals will help you manage your diabetes. Individuals with diabetes are often treated by a primary care physician, usually a family medicine specialist or internist. However primary care physicians will refer patients with more severe diabetes, particularly those requiring insulin therapies, to a diabetes specialist or endocrinologist.
A DNA flaw may explain why people with Type 2 diabetes are more prone to blood cancers than the rest of the population, a study said Sunday.
By Richard Elwyn V. Fernando MD
Glucose is a type of sugar that all cells of the body use as fuel. It moves through the blood to different parts of the body at normal levels (5.0-7.7mmol/dl). But if glucose levels are persistently elevated in the bloodstream, it becomes a slow-acting poison killing the body
By Rosa Allyn G. Sy M.D.
Many people with diabetes are wary of taking insulin for a variety of reasons. These include the belief that taking insulin represents a personal failure, insulin is not effective, insulin causes complications or even death, insulin injections are painful as well as fear of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels), loss of independence and weight gain.
By Leorino M. Sobrepeña M.D.
Glucose is a type of sugar from food that the body uses for energy. The level of glucose in the bloodstream usually rises after a meal. To be efficiently utilized by the body, glucose in the bloodstream needs to enter the body’s cells. If glucose is unable to enter the cells, blood glucose levels rise leading to hyperglycemia. Long-term hyperglycemia damages nerves, blood vessels and vital organs.