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New Initiative Shows Path To Better Diabetes Control

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

A low-cost healthcare model involving non-physician workers using computer tools can help diabetes patients double their likelihood of controlling the disease.

According to a study conducted by researchers at AIIMS, Public Health Foundation of India, and the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University in Atlanta, the model can help patients to improve their blood sugar levels and manage the disease on their own.

A trial conducted at ten clinical centres across India and Pakistan compared the diabetes-focused quality improvement (QI) strategy versus the usual care alternatives for heart patients with poorly controlled diabetes.

The results suggested that patients in the QI strategy group were twice as likely to achieve combined diabetes care goals and larger reductions for each risk factor compared to traditional care, said Nikhil Mr Tandon, Professor and Head, Department of Endocrinology, AIIMS.

“This intervention doesn’t require new or expensive drugs, but instead it enhances a patient’s likelihood of managing their disease on their own by providing individualised support and enhancing the physician’s likelihood of being responsive,” he said.

The study was published in the July 12th edition of Annals of Internal Medicine.

Mr Tandon, the senior author of the study, said the team compared the effects of multicomponent diabetes strategy (combining a non-physician care coordinator and decision-support electronic health record software) versus traditional care in South Asia, where resources are limited and diabetes is prevalent.

“Approximately 1,150 patients with diabetes and poor cardiometabolic profiles were randomly assigned to a multicomponent QI strategy or usual care for two and a half years. Results suggested that patients in the QI strategy group were twice as likely to achieve combined diabetes care goals and larger reductions for each risk factor compared with usual care.

“This was the first trial of comprehensive diabetes management in a low and middle-income country setting,” Tandon said.

Findings from the trial also showed that the new intervention yielded sizeable improvements in the blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol profiles of participants. Benefits were similar in public and private diabetes clinics, indicating that with structured care, health inequalities can possibly be reduced.


Can Jamun Reduce Blood Sugar?

Monday, June 29th, 2015


Fruits generally contain natural fructose that gradually increases blood sugar levels. Hence diabetics should keep a watch on the consumption of fruits. But there are reports that jamun is perfect for diabetic patients.

Nutrition value of Jamun(for 100gm):

Protein:0.70 gm
Carbohydrates: 14.00 gm
Calcium: 15.00 mg
Iron: 0.30 mg
Potassium: 55.00 mg
Sodium: 26.20 mg
Carotene: 48.00 mg
Vitamin C:18.00 mg
Energy: 62 kcal

Benefits of Jamun:
1) Improves bone health
2) Boosts immunity
3) Increases blood count
4) Improves heart health
5) Improves digestion

Jamun and Diabetes:

The best part about jamun is that it reduces the symptoms of diabetes. The leaves, the fruit and the jamun seed are effective at treating diabetes. The main ingredient in jamun that cuts the risk of diabetes is a chemical called jamboline which is present in the seeds. Jamun is known to lower blood sugar level for a longer duration. Jamun is an interesting fruit to increase insulin activity and sensitivity.

Neem & Diabetes

Friday, April 24th, 2015


Neem is widely prescribed by contemporary Ayurvedic physicians for the treatment of diabetes mellitus.

The general impression is that maybe neem enhances insulin receptor sensitivity since it seems to work well on Type II diabetics.

Neem tree has been used since time immemorial in treating large number of diseases. Its uses have been mentioned in the early vedic texts as a naturally occurring wonder drug curing diseases like blood pressure and diabetes. The traditional system of medicine such as ayurveda has been making use of this herb to cure the disease. In the modern times, diabetes is more of a life style disease rather than anything else; neem is being widely used by herbal medicine manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies as more and more people all across the globe fall victim to it. It is a cause of number of other diseases like heart disease, blindness etc.

Part of Neem Used in Diabetes

Neem leaf extracts and seeds are used as an active ingredient as an effective cure for diabetes. It has been scientifically proven after a number of tests and research by leading medical institutes, that neem parts have high efficacy in treating the disease. Natural neem tablets are being manufactured and exported the world over for treating large number of patients. Neem leaf extracts improve the blood circulation by dilating the blood vessels and also helpful in reducing the need for hypo-glycaemic drugs. According to scientific research undertaken neem leaf extracts and seed oil help to reduce the insulin requirement. Neem tablets help to lower the blood glucose levels.

Neem tablets can also be taken as a dietary supplement for prevention of the disease. The basis of the neem capsules can be traced to the early ayurvedic use of the herb, which is further strengthened due to research and clinical trails being undertaken by leading research organisations.

Reason for popularity of Neem in Diabetes Curing Drugs

The popularity of neem based anti diabetes drugs is due to the fact that not only they are more effective in curing the disease but also have no side effects. There are no synthetic materials used in the production of the drugs. Neem is considered to be one of the safest medicinal herbs available; FDA’s database does not include any references to neem having any adverse effects when used in medicines.

22 Foods to Avoid with Diabetes

Friday, February 20th, 2015

These top food offenders contain high amounts of fat, sodium, carbs, and calories that may increase your risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, uncontrolled blood sugar, and weight gain.

Think Twice Before Eating These Foods

  • Nachos
  • Coffee Drinks
  • Biscuits and Sausage Gravy
  • Battered Fish Dinners
  • Fruit Juice Beverages
  • Deep-Fried Chinese Entrees
  • Cinnamon Rolls
  • Restaurant French Fries
  • Purchased Cookies
  • Fried Chicken
  • Purchased Pie
  • Purchased Smoothies
  • Processed Lunch Meat
  • Restaurant Hamburgers
  • Purchased Doughnuts and Baked Goods
  • Frozen Meals
  • Regular Soft Drinks
  • Purchased Cakes
  • Flavored Water
  • Frozen Pizza
  • Milk Shakes
  • Restaurant Pizza

Know about Diabeties

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Lack of physical labour, severe pressure of mental work and stress, faulty lifestyle and wrong dietary pattern are some of the factors that lead to Diabetes. In diabetes, the amount of insulin produced by pancreas is reduced quantitatively, which results in the increase of sugar in blood, and excess sugar eliminate outside through urine. Diabetes is considered as a life long disorder by modern medical science however, can be controlled and managed by changes in lifestyle and diet regulation, and Alternative System of Homeopathy Medicine.

Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes

The main symptoms of Diabetes are:

• Sticky and concentrated urine
• Frequent urination due to excess glucose present in the body
• frequent hunger: to cope with high sugar, body produce insulin that lead to hunger
• Unquenchable Thirst
• Dryness and infection in the skin
• Weakness of eyesight: High Blood Pressure causes absorption of glucose that leads to change in eye lenses.
• Feeling of tiredness and weakness: Due to high Blood Pressure and irregular supply of sugar to brain and other organs of the body.
• Delay healing of wounds: High blood sugar hinder the proper functioning of White Blood Corpuscles (WBC).
• Itching in the body, especially in the genital organs.
• Weight fluctuation: fat and protein metabolism may lead to weight fluctuation.
• Burning of Palms and soles
• Sweet taste to mouth
• Drowsiness and Low sexual urge
• Anemia,Constipation

Causes of Diabetes

• Hereditary & Genetics: Due to some genes transfer from parents to young ones.
• Age: > 80% cases happen after 50 years and risk considerable rise after 65 years.
• Nutritional Deficiency: Improper nutrition, low protein and fiber intake, high intake of refined products causes diabetes.
• Obesity and Fat Distribution
• Overeating
• Sedentary Lifestyle: more prone to diabetes.
• Stress, Tension and worries: blamed as the preliminary factor of the disease.
• Drugs like steroids, Dilantin, alloxan, streptozocin, and thiazide diuretics are known to induce diabetes.
• Excessive Use of Alcohol
• Insulin Deficiency and resistance
• Syndromes like Down’s and Turner’s may cause permanent diabetes.
• Infection cause by Virus: i.e. Strephylococci affects the pancreas.
• Sex: commonly with older aged male, and female with multiple pregnancies.
• Hypertension: close relationship with hypertension/High Blood Pressure and diabetes.
• Increased cholesterol level
• Diet rich in carbohydrate and fat
• Excess intake of oil and sugar
• High blood pressure
• Removal of the pancreas by surgery

Tests and Diagnosis of Diabetes

• Fasting Plasma Glucose (FPG) test: To test pre-Diabetes and Diabetes where the patient asked not to eat anything for 8 hours. Most reliable when done in the morning.
• Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT) test blood glucose level after 8 hours of fast + after 2 hours of drinking glucose to diagnose diabetes and pre-diabetes.
• Random Plasma Glucose Test: When blood glucose level of 200 mg/dL or higher, means diabetes.
• Finger Stick Blood Glucose: Rapid screening test that may be performed anywhere.
• Glycosylated Hemoglobin Test: To measure high blood sugar levels that last for 120 days.
• Physical Examination
• Urine Sugar Test
• Urine Ketones Test
• C-peptide Blood Test

Complications of Diabetes

• Cardiovascular Disease: Increased blood sugar narrow down blood vessels and cause heart attack or stroke.
• Kidney Problems: High blood sugar put the kidney to work more and leads its disorders.
• Bladder Control Problems for Women
• Erectile Dysfunction
• Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Glucose)
• Sexual and Urologic Problems
• Stomach Nerve Damage (Gastroparesis)
• Eye diseases: diabetes narrow down retinal vein and causes Cataracts, Retinopathy and Glaucoma.
• Bone and Joint disorders
• Skin problems, digestive problems, and problems with teeth and gums.
• Infections: Increased sugar level frail the immune system and become the factors for various infections.
• Nerve Damage(Neuropathy)
• Dental Problems
• Skin and Foot Disease
• Diabetic Coma