Children who don’t get enough sleep may be more likely to develop diabetes than kids who typically get enough shuteye, a UK study suggests and reports  by Lisa Rapaport of Reuters Health

That’s because each additional hour of sleep children get at night is associated with a lower body weight, more lean muscle mass and less accumulation of sugars in the blood, researchers report in Pediatrics. Obesity and elevated blood sugar are risk factors for type 2 diabetes, which happens when the body can’t properly use or make enough of the hormone insulin to convert blood sugar into energy.

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Read all about how breastfeeding your child might help you avoid Type 2 diabetes after giving birth.

 

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You’ve probably already heard all about the benefits breastfeeding provides newborns, but did you know the benefits don’t stop with your baby? If you suffered from gestational diabetes during pregnancy, new studies show that breastfeeding can actually help you too!

Breastfeeding Study’s Promising Findings

Researchers discovered that moms with previously-diagnosed gestational diabetes who breastfed for two or more months after their baby’s birth had lowered odds of later developing type 2 diabetes. Even better news? The longer the women breast-fed, the lower the odds became.

It’s important to note that the study didn’t reveal breastfeeding actually caused a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes; it simply found a link between the two. The research team followed nearly a thousand women two years after they experienced gestational diabetes and childbirth. Almost 12 percent of them developed type 2 diabetes, with those who exclusively breast-fed having a 54% lower risk than those that did not breastfeed at all. Those who fed their babies even some breastmilk in addition to formula still reduced their odds by a third compared to those feeding formula only.

The length of time the moms breastfed mattered too. Those who breastfed between two and 10 months had half the risk of developing diabetes, with those breastfeeding more than 10 months showing an even further reduced risk.

How Breastfeeding Affects your Body

All these results and percents show that breastfeeding can yield benefits for those moms who had gestational diabetes, but how exactly does it work in the body? Lactating gives the body’s insulin-producing cells a rest since they don’t have to make so much insulin in order to lower blood glucose. According to the study’s lead researcher, breastfeeding uses up glucose and fat because the blood transfers those nutrients to the breast tissue to facilitate milk production. He likens breastfeeding to giving the body a recovery period and providing a reset for the body’s metabolism after the metabolic chaos of pregnancy subsides.

Sometimes women with complications such as gestational diabetes find it difficult to focus on breastfeeding or they have other complications that make it difficult. Finding support from a physician or lactation consultant can be essential to successful breastfeeding. Remember that other lifestyle factors can reduce future risk for diabetes, too. These include weight loss, increased activity, and dietary changes.

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What’s the link between weight, diabetes and poor sleep? Focus Express Mail Pharmacy explains.

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If you’ve been having trouble getting your Z’s, there might be a health reason? You see, many diabetes patients have trouble getting a good night’s rest, leaving them feeling drowsy and lethargic throughout the day.

Diabetes and sleep

Diabetes and sleep problems often are intertwined. For those not diagnosed with the condition, sleep deprivation can lead to insulin resistance, which then can develop into diabetes.

And diabetes, especially when it comes to high blood sugar, can be the culprit behind nighttime woes. High sugar levels cause frequent urination, which equals interrupted sleep at night. For those with diabetes, this means a vicious cycle of low energy from lack of sleep leading to poor diet choices, then poor rest due to the subsequent spike in blood sugar, and so on. If this sounds familiar, doctors recommend focusing on getting sugar levels under control.

Weight and sleep

According to WebMD, being overweight is one major risk factor for the development of Type 2 diabetes, and it also can negatively impact your quality of rest. Excess weight also can lead to sleep apnea. This disorder causes snoring and pauses in breathing, which leads to interrupted sleep and fatigue, worsening the side effects and severity of diabetes. If you have diabetes, snore, and often feel fatigued, it’s a good idea to schedule a time to see your doctor. If a sleep study determines that you do, in fact, have sleep apnea, treatment can include lifestyle changes or a mask or other device to facilitate nighttime breathing.

Bottom line

Those with diabetes need to be diligent about getting the proper amount of sleep–it’s just as important as diet, doctors say.  Although it’s generally accepted that the average amount of sleep needed is around 7.5 hours nightly, it varies from person to person, and can be as little as four or as many as 10 or more hours each night. The main determinant should be the amount of regular sleep that leads to the individual feeling rested.

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Scientists are working in many areas to prevent and cure diabetes. Here’s an update on three key areas of research.

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Now is one of the most exciting times in diabetes research. Scientists are working in many areas, and three key types of research – viruses, gut microbiome and inflammation – are getting a lot of attention lately. This research may have a significant impact on diabetes prevention and treatment down the road. Here is a little about what the scientists are doing.

Viruses

Recent studies have made strides in determining the connection between viruses and Type 1 Diabetes. Although access to pancreatic tissue from human donors is limited, groups like the Network for Pancreatic Organ Donors with Diabetes (nPOD) are taking the lead examining the impact of viruses by coordinating studies using the most up-to-date technology. Scientists are hopeful they will soon have more information on the relationship between viruses and diabetes, which they believe might lead to a simple vaccine to prevent the disease in many people.

Gut Microbiome

Did you know there is more bacteria living in your gut than there are cells in your body? Scientists have made great strides of late studying the impact of the bacteria living in our digestive tract on the development of our immune systems. Scientists have also been studying the foods we eat and how they impact various good and bad bacteria. By understanding which foods promote good bacterial growth and force out bad bacteria or fight viruses, treatments can be developed for autoimmune diseases and in the long run, even help in the fight to prevent diabetes.

Inflammation

Inflammation is a very broad term and isn’t a bad thing when it occurs in moderation. Inflammation is one of the body’s ways of responding to a germ attack by working with the immune system to ward off bacteria or a virus. However, in some cases inflammatory responses can react to things that aren’t invaders, like insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas, and trigger a chain reaction that can lead to sepsis, diabetes (both type 1 and type 2), heart disease and other health issues. Scientists are looking into ways to control inflammation (and preventing damage to the pancreas) without totally getting rid of the immune benefits of inflammation.

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When you’re living with diabetes, it’s always a good idea to have a first aid kit handy in the event of an emergency. Here’s what you need:

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Always having a first aid kit prepared, isn’t pessimistic. It’s smart, especially if you are living with diabetes. A well-stocked first-aid kit is easy to put together and will prove useful in both minor and major emergencies.

We recommend keeping your first aid kit in a room you spend a lot of time in or a place that is in easy reach. However, bathrooms, with all their heat and humidity, are not a good storage location.

To get started, first, select a waterproof container to hold the supplies and pack in the basics such as:

  • Aspirin, which is crucial for anyone suffering a heart attack. Baby aspirin is chewable which allows the medicine to work faster.
  • Wound care products such as a saline solution, helpful for cleaning any wounds prone to bacteria, dirt and debris. This is particularly important for people with diabetes, who may be more susceptible to infections.
  • Antibiotic Ointments, bandages and gloves. Be mindful of allergies. If anyone in your family is allergic to a certain product, like latex, stock non-latex gloves and bandages in your kit
  • Diabetes essentials such as a blood glucose meter, injective pen needles and insulin syringes. Even extra meter batteries can be included.
  • A list of emergency phone numbers to places like your doctor’s office and your local poison control office

You can find a full list of all recommended items, including diabetes specific ones and even some first aid tips here.

It’s important to keep in mind some extra precautions for diabetes related contents. You cannot store insulin in a first aid kit because it must be refrigerated. But you can definitely stock other supplies like a backup meter, extra insulin pump infusion sets, and fast-acting glucose gels or tablets.

Don’t forget to keep your first aid kit items current. If you plan to stock your kit with any medications that can expire, it’s important to check them frequently; experts recommend doing so at least twice a year. Also, don’t forget to refill or replace items as you use them.

A first aid kit is the first step in preventative care, but if you do injure yourself, be sure to schedule a follow up appointment with your health care provider. First aid is essential, but it’s only the beginning of the healing process. Continued care will ensure your stay safe in the long run.

 If you’re living with diabetes, keep in mind it’s always a good idea to have a first aid kit.

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A clinical trial shows those with diabetes given the drug Jardiance were 38% less likely to die from a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular disease.

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It’s an unfortunate truth, but diabetes is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. In fact, people with Type 2 diabetes are five to eight times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, and to suffer a fatal heart attack or stroke.

Good News

Until recently, there has been little progress made in developing a drug that could reduce this risk. Prospects are brighter however with the release of results from a clinical trial ordered by the Federal Drug Administration. The New England Journal of Medicine published results last month that showed individuals who were given the blood sugar-lowering drug Jardiance were 38% less likely to die as a result of a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular issue than those given a placebo.

Also, those taking Jardiance were 35% less likely to be hospitalized for heart failure than those who took the placebo. Both findings bode well for diabetes sufferers.

Significant, Surprising Results

The results are surprising to many in the medical community as previous drug trials have not had a significant impact on reducing death from cardiovascular disease and stroke for those with diabetes. The clinical trials sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Eli Lilly and Co., suggest that among diabetes patients with cardiovascular disease, 39 people would have to be treated to prevent one premature death. This “number-to-treat” ratio puts the drug’s effectiveness on the same level as cholesterol-lowering statins and maybe even ahead of blood pressure medications.

Jardiance reduces blood sugar in diabetes patients by helping eliminate it from their urine. In all, 8.3% of the people taking the placebo died of any cause during the course of the study, compared with 5.7% of the people taking Jardiance.

Bright Prospects

Although the findings of the study are surprising to many, it is encouraging to see progress made in reducing one of the leading causes of death for those with diabetes.

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Learn all about newly-discovered risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes.

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Studies on diabetes continue to produce new information for treatment and prevention. Recent research has uncovered even more risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes, a disease that afflicts tens of millions of people in the U.S. alone. In addition to already-known risk factors including family history, obesity, and lack of physical activity, there are four additional factors to consider. As always, be sure to discuss these factors with your doctor before making changes to medications or eating habits.

Vitamin A Deficiencies

Research completed earlier this year led scientists to believe that a vitamin A deficiency may be linked to developing Type 2 diabetes. There are actually two types of vitamin A; the first is preformed (known as retinol) and is found in fish, poultry, meat, and dairy. Pro-vitamin A (known as beta-carotene), is found in fruits and veggies. Both types play a vital role in helping cell growth and maintaining a healthy immune system and healthy vision. Findings also suggest that synthetic forms of this essential vitamin might help reverse Type 2 diabetes, something definitely to be researched further.

Statin Use

Statins are drugs often used to lower cholesterol. Their use is also one of the latest risk factors for developing diabetes. In fact, one study showed that statin use could increase the risk for diabetes by up to 46%. It should be noted that though this study included a large sample size, it was made up only Caucasian men, meaning the findings might differ in women and people of other ethnicities. The results, however, should prompt caution when taking this type of medication.

Sugary-Drink Consumption

Sugar-filled drinks get a bad rap, and that may be for good reason. Their consumption has actually been linked to an 18% increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. It’s not just soda pop you may need to steer clear of; fruit juice and artificially sweetened drinks are culprits too. High consumption is defined as 250 ml or about 8 oz. per day, a guideline to keep in mind when cracking open that next can of pop.

Low Birth Weight

A separate study at Harvard became the first to explore the effect of prenatal and postnatal factors in regards to developing diabetes. When it came to birth weight and lifestyle, it was determined that a low birth weight and living an unhealthy lifestyle were each associated with a higher risk for getting diabetes. Together, though, the two risk factors painted an even grimmer picture. About 18% of Type 2 diabetes cases were attributed to a low birth weight and an unhealthy lifestyle.

 

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A new study explores whether antibiotic usage increases the risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

 

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A recent study in Denmark regarding antibiotic use and diabetes has created quite a buzz. Researchers found that in the years prior to their diagnosis, people with Type 2 diabetes took more antibiotics than those without it. This, of course, doesn’t prove that antibiotics cause the disease, but it still might make more people question their usage of such medication.

Frequent Use in America

Classified as “medicines used to treat infections and diseases caused by bacteria,” antibiotics are said to be prescribed to four out of five Americans each year. The aforementioned study showed that those with Type 2 diabetes were overexposed to antibiotics when compared to those without, not just before their diagnoses, but afterward as well. Researchers’ findings showed that taking an antibiotic of any type increased patients’ likelihood of getting a diabetes diagnosis by 50 percent if they had filled five or more prescriptions.

It remains unclear if the higher risk is because diabetes might develop over time, increasing the risk of infections (and the need for antibiotics) before a person is even diagnosed with diabetes. It could also be that the risk for diabetes increases if a person has repeated infections or exposure to antibiotics.

Animal Study Findings

When researched in animals, it has been found that antibiotics affect sugar and fat metabolism and also alters gut bacteria. Since there is ongoing speculation that gut flora and antibiotics could be linked to how the body metabolizes sugar and the development of diabetes, the findings of the Denmark study haven’t necessarily surprised many. Because diabetes is increasing in incidence globally and remains a challenge in the health care world, further studies will be made into how exactly antibiotic use corresponds with the disease.

What It Means

The primary takeaway is that anyone — with or without diabetes — should always be cautious when prescribed an antibiotic. Only take them when necessary and always under the guidance of your physician. As you continue on your journey of managing your diabetes, you’ll likely have questions about your insulin pump and other diabetes supplies. Let the trained experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy help. We have over 50 years of combined experience helping people just like you live life with diabetes fully. Check us out at www.focuspharmacy.com or call 1-866-403-6287.

 

As someone with diabetes, there are a lot of plans to consider for your golden years.

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Taking care of your health is always a high priority when you have diabetes. As you age, your healthcare concerns should include planning the care you need in your later years. Preparing for your golden years takes some research, but luckily there are a lot of resources available to help.

Considering Long Term Care

One of the things you’ll want to consider when planning for care in your later years is long term care options. Long term care provides personal care for an extended period of time if you need assistance with eating, getting dressed, walking or any other number of everyday activities.

Most insurance, including Medicare, doesn’t cover the cost of long term care, so it’s a good idea to meet with a financial planner who can assess your financial situation and help you make the plans you’ll need. He or she may recommend long term care insurance and can discuss other options for covering the cost such as Medicaid, which can cover long term care expenses after your money runs out.

Part of your planning should also include discussing the future with your family. It’s best to begin these conversations early, before you are forced into making decisions because of an accident or illness. You should decide who you’d like to make healthcare and financial decisions for you if you become unable to do so, as well as discuss the long term care options you’ve decided on so everyone is on the same page.

 End of Life Planning

It’s not something that most people like to think about, but planning for what will happen after you pass on is a necessary part of planning for the future. You don’t want to wait until the last minute when costly mistakes are most likely.

The first thing you should do is make a plan for your estate. It’s essential to meet with an attorney who specializes in estate planning to draft the documents you need for your future. Part of this planning should include drafting a letter of instruction for family so they know all about the plans you’ve made.

You can also pre-plan for your funeral, taking the burden away from your family to make arrangements after your passing. Pre-planning final arrangements not only allows you to provide specifics about what you would like for the service, it also eliminates the financial and emotional stress of planning a funeral from your family.

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Read about reversing Type 2 diabetes and find out if it’s possible for you.

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If you or your loved one has just received a Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis, you might wonder if the disease is curable. Or you might ask, is it  at least reversible? The short answer is yes, but such a reversal of symptoms doesn’t happen overnight. It also requires a bit of commitment. Read on to learn more.

 Defining Type 2 Diabetes

Let’s take a look at just what it is you’re trying to reverse. Type 2 Diabetes affects how you metabolize sugar. When glucose levels in your body rise, your pancreas makes and releases a hormone called insulin. That insulin makes the sugar leave your blood and move to your cells so it can be used as energy. Once your blood sugar levels are back down in a healthy range, your pancreas no longer releases the insulin. In those with Type 2 Diabetes, however, the pancreas either doesn’t make enough insulin or the body is, for some reason, resistant to it. The glucose then builds up in the blood and causes diabetes symptoms including fatigue, infections, blurry vision, and excessive thirst.

Is Reversal Possible?

When discussing the diabetes reversal, it’s important to remember that, while possible, a lot depends on how long you’ve had it, how severe your case is, and even your genetic makeup. Reversal typically refers to managing the disease to the point where you can stop taking medication. It allows for the fact that you still need to manage your lifestyle in such a way that you can continue drug-free. The good news is it is often possible to accomplish this goal. Results of one study were most positive in those who were newly-diagnosed, without a severe case, and who lost the most weight. In fact, up to 20% of the people fitting this criteria were able to go off their medications altogether.

What it Takes to Reverse Diabetes

So, how did they go off diabetes medication? Or more importantly, how can you? Two factors have the greatest affect – physical activity and diet. In the study, successful participants exercised for 175 minutes each week, or 25 minutes each day. One fairly simple way to start incorporating more physical activity is by walking. It is free, requires no special equipment, and is effective. If you’re new to walking, just start slowly. Take a short walk and over time increase the distance and intensity of your walks.

When it comes to nutrition, the study participants who found success also limited their caloric intake to between 1,200 and 1,800 calories each day. Don’t just focus on the quantity of food you consume though; be sure to consider the types of foods you eat as well. If you hope to manage and even reverse the disease, you’ll need to incorporate healthy fats, fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean protein into your diet. Limit your alcohol and sweets, and eat the same amount of carbs at each meal. You might find meal planning helps you maintain your commitment to healthy eating.

Those participants in the study who were able to stop taking diabetes meds also received counseling and education on their lifestyle changes. So don’t underestimate the value of learning more about your healthy lifestyle and talking with someone about the changes you’re making and how they’re affecting your daily life.

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