Nerves

Nearly 70 of persons with diabetes experience some degree of nerve damage or neuropathy. Neuropathy occurs in people with Type I and Type II diabetes, due to metabolic changes associated with diabetes. Constant high blood sugar destroys both nerve fiber (axon) and the fatty insulation that surrounds it (myelin ). Damaged nerves do not transmit proper signals, resulting in a loss of sensation, hypersensation, or pain. Peripheral neuropathy is the most common form. Varying from mild to severe, it...

What should my blood glucose levels be

Your personal goal depends on your age, type of diabetes and how long you've had it, other health conditions, life style, and desire for control. Here are some guidelines Your diabetes educator and physician will help you set your own goals. For some people, a blood sugar level below 80 mg is too low, while for others a level under 100 mg is too low. A level over 120 before a meal is too high for some, while for others it is normal. Keeping a record of SMBG test results is vital. You and your...

Genetic Manipulation

Genetic manipulation is part of the RNA and DNA research you may have read about. Simply put, genetic manipulation involves reprogramming a body cell to become a beta cell and produce insulin. Every single cell in the body contains the genetic information of all cells. If this information could be used to reprogram individual cells, it might be possible to train a skin cell or other tissue to be a beta cell. This way, a person's own cells could be used to produce insulin, eliminating the...

Exercise Programs for People with Diabetes

The best activities for you are vigorous aerobic exercises. Aerobic exercises use the large muscle groups, and improve stamina and overall health. Ask your diabetes educator for more information about aerobic exercise, or take a look at Exercise amp Diabetes , a pamphlet-workbook by Jean Kapetanios order from Area Health and Education Center, 81 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA 01605 or The Diabetic's Sports and Exercise Book by June Biermann and Barbara Toohey.

Pitfalls for Parents

An overanxious parent creates an overanxious child who is overdependent. By doing everything for your child, you deny him or her the self-control and self-confidence necessary for an independent life. An overindulgent parent feels dietary restrictions and daily injections are too much for a child to handle. He or she offers special treats while providing little discipline. Children of overindulgent parents may grow up under the impression that they are incompetent -- incapable of coping with...

Advice for Parents of Children with Diabetes

When you learned that your child has diabetes, you may have experienced disbelief, grief, and guilt. Maybe you asked, Why did this happen to my child Maybe you cried out, It's not fair You must come to grips with these feelings so that you can learn the tasks and techniques of diabetes control. Your whole family needs to make adjustments to your child's condition. How you deal with and accept diabetes affects the way your child deals with and accept diabetes. The more you know about diabetes,...