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Posts Tagged ‘diabetes’


Years ago I was a dialysis nurse and I could not believe what I learned about these little organs in your body and how they actually work.  First let’s note that these are bean-shaped and about the size of a fist.  The kidneys are located near the middle of the back, on each side of the spine.  Kidneys, if healthy, are working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; they are like a built-in water treatment plant!  Their main job is to filter the blood – to maintain a balance of water and chemicals.  Every day Read more…

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          Diabetic neuropathies are among the most frequent complication of long-term diabetes.  It is estimated that 60% to 70% of diabetics have mild to severe forms of nervous system damage.  The femoral nerve is commonly involved giving rise to symptoms in the legs and feet.  Pain is the chief symptom and tends to worsen at night when the person is at rest.  It is usually relieved by activity and aggravated by cold. Paraesthesias are a common accompaniment of the pain.  Cramping, tenderness and muscle Read more…

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          Just two nights ago (Thursday) a really good friend of mine from high school stopped by.  I hadn’t seen her for a year or so and I wondered how she had been doing, but the days seem to go by so quickly anymore with work, children, life, etc.  Anyway, as we were catching up, she happened to mention that she had a heart attack not too long ago.  I was SO shocked – just my age – and she Read more…

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            Type 2 diabetes is also referred to as adult onset diabetes.  Unfortunately, it is striking people at younger ages, and the rates are on the rise as the population grows heavier and gets less physical exercise.  Keeping a watch on your weight and being physically active can help prevent most cases of the disease.  If one chooses a diet rich in whole grains and healthy fats, it will add even more protection.  Adult onset diabetes is the 7th leading cause Read more…

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