How is a diabetic neuropathy diagnosed?

14/02/2019 in Health and diabetes

How is a diabetic neuropathy diagnosed?

The diagnosis of a diabetic neuropathy is usually made from the reported symptomatology, the clinical history and a physical examination. On the examination, the doctor is likely to check strength, muscle tone, osteotendinous reflexes, and sensitivity to touch, temperature, and vibration. The following complementary tests are also usually carried out according to each case5:

Electroneurography-Electromyography (ENG-EMG) (main support test): records the conduction of the nerve impulse (to evaluate mainly the speed and amplitude of it), as well as a record of the muscle activity.
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What is insulin? Types of insulin

03/01/2019 in Health and diabetes

Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas, which helps to regulate the blood glucose level. This hormone is essential to transport and store glucose in the cells and helps to use glucose as an energy source for the organism.

Insulin acts as a key to let the glucose access the cells. If glucose cannot enter into the cells, it accumulates in the blood. Continue reading »

Insulin sensitivity or correction factor

22/11/2018 in Health and diabetes

Insulin Sensitivity Factor (ISF) indicates how much one unit of rapid or regular insulin will lower the blood glucose (mg/dll or g/mol).

The correction factor is the calculation to determine the dose of insulin necessary to correct the glycemia.

The insulin sensitivity factor may vary and be different from one time of the day to another even is possible that varies significantly between the disease stages.

When to use insulin correction factor?

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The yesterday and today of diabetes. Insulclock

22/08/2018 in Health and diabetes

We are conscious that yesterday and today of diabetes are not the same. The development of the control and treatment criteria have been very relevant for the management of this disease.

With this new section we are going to travel across the time, sharing with you the diabetes’ evolution during all these years. Week after week, we will add new content with your help. Yes, that is! We want you to help us to fill out this section with before and after photos of diabetes control. Continue reading »

Insulin needles “ARE NOT REUSABLE”

13/08/2018 in Health and diabetes

The Spanish Public Healthcare System finances the insulin needles to insert in the pen. Necessary trips to monitor the glycemia are also financed.

Currently, many people complain that there is not enough resources, but above all else, they are complaining about the bad quality of what the healthcare system delivers. Patients will receive different brands or models depending on patient’s residence. Even in some healthcare centres where economic factor is scarce, they recommend to reuse needles. It is not the first time that a patient is heard complaining because a healthcare centre does not deliver enough needles, and tell him or her to reuse the needle.

It is forbidden by the Spanish law and by European regulation (explicitly written on the product packaging), needles cannot be used more than once, are not reusable. It must be used one new needle for every shot. Continue reading »

Waste management for patients with diabetes

13/08/2018 in Health and diabetes

Living with diabetes implies to acquire daily knowledge on it continuously and this is why it is necessary to obtain a responsible management on this disease.

To be responsible does not only implies to carry out a proper control on glucose levels, moreover person with diabetes has to be aware of other aspects like waste management of things used during the treatment, i.e., drugs and utensils like needles, strips, lancets, etc. Continue reading »

How to know if you have diabetes?

06/02/2018 in Health and diabetes

Diabetes is a silent disease which goes unnoticed in some occasions. In Spain, almost half of the people with type II diabetes, elderly and adults, do not know that they have it. This general ignorance, either by lack of information or lack of consciousness-raising, it is very dangerous for a good track of diabetes’ treatment, which can lead to fatal consequences, if it is not diagnosed on time or appropriate measures are taken. How to know if you suffer from this pathology?

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Glucagon, what is it for?

05/02/2018 in Health and diabetes

Glucagon, just like insulin, is a peptide hormone secreted by the pancreas. Its main function is to stimulate the liver to produce glucose, this means to increase the blood glucose.

It has the opposite effect of insulin, which decreases the blood sugar level. When blood sugar levels are low, pancreas releases glucagon; when blood sugar levels increases, it is stimulated insulin release. This is the way to keep glycemia stable.
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