There are many different ways that diabetes medications help the body with processing and producing insulin. Some prescriptions on the market actually stimulate the pancreas to make more insulin. There are some diabetes medicines that decrease the amount of glucose produced by the liver and some help in the absorption of starches that are digested. Some physicians may prescribe a combination of different prescriptions to help lower blood glucose levels.
Type I diabetes is often diagnosed before the age of 30 and people suffering from it usually produce no insulin. Inhaled insulin in the future may replace the standard injection for individuals needing insulin therapy. Recent studies show that past concerns on prescribing inhaled insulin have become nonexistent and there is a possibility that it could become marketable very soon. There are added benefits to using inhaled insulin over injected. Look for more about this new therapy in upcoming medical journals.
The importance of proper diet cannot be overemphasized with individuals suffering with high glucose levels in the blood. Sometimes just losing weight can eliminate high glucose levels because the body is better able to metabolize the insulin produced by the pancreas. Being overweight can cause many health problems but diabetes is one of the major concerns with obesity. Sometimes diet isn't enough so diabetes medications are prescribed progressively as needed. Nutrients from foods that affect blood glucose levels encompass fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Fats and proteins are digested slower by the body affecting blood sugar slowly. However, carbohydrates are digested quickly and can affect blood sugar very fast. Diabetics need to be careful about eating starches and sugars because of the rapid effect on blood glucose levels.
Exercise helps to manage blood sugar levels by helping the body to respond to the insulin more effectively. Regular exercise provides many health benefits and should be seriously considered by individuals with serious health concerns. It can improve circulation, reduce cholesterol, high blood pressure and reduce stress. Oftentimes diabetes medicines do not have to be prescribed for individuals who are faithful to maintain a physical exercise program. Talk to a physician before beginning a program and get some advice on where to begin.
Alternative therapies are available and are recommended for patients suffering with diabetes. Some of the popular alternate therapies include relaxation therapy, prayer, meditation, massage, and megavitamin therapy. Acupuncture is a growing therapy that seems to offer some relief in individuals suffering from nerve damage brought about by the disease. Key herbs and minerals that are recommended include chromium, magnesium, and vanadium. Prayer and attending church services will certainly help in dealing with the disease. "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth" (3 John 1:2).
When trying to find alternative therapy to treat blood glucose problems do some research first and stay away from unproven therapies. Talking to one's physician before starting any new treatment is a wise decision. The person looking for help with this disease needs to be aware that there are bogus treatments out there that could affect one's health derogatorily. It is best not to experiment with something that is advertised as a miracle treatment or a cure. Some treatments could have adverse reactions to the diabetes medications one is taking. Even some herbal remedies need to be discussed with one's physician before taking them.
Some symptoms to watch out for if blood glucose levels are suspect include excessive thirst, dry mouth, urinating frequently, weight loss, feeling tired all the time, blurry vision, slow healing sores, and leg pain. Risks may be higher for the disease if it runs in the family or if one is overweight. Women who develop blood sugar problems during pregnancy may be at risks later in life to develop Type II diabetes. A fasting glucose test should help determine if one has the disease. In order to get an accurate reading on this test one must fast for 8 hours before the test is administered. A level of 126 mg/dl or higher is an indication that there is a problem with glucose levels.
Without the proper amount of insulin the body cannot get the benefits from food that is needed. Without the activity of insulin, glucose builds up in the blood stream and passes out of the body through the urine. Prolonged high glucose levels can eventually lead to heart and blood vessel disease, stroke, kidney failure and nerve damage. If a patient's glucose levels get extremely high, coma and death could result. While diabetes medicines won't cure the disease they can assist the body with the assimilation of insulin. After being diagnosed with the disease make the appropriate lifestyle changes, for sometimes just healthy lifestyle changes can make a difference.