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This Week in Diabetes Medical News

What-causes-diabetes Several recent studies have found various ways of lowering the risk of diabetes and improving the symptoms of diabetes too. A study that was conducted by the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Centre US found eating walnuts daily will assist in lowering the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease. Another report through BBC News reports that exercise can be as good as medication as pills are for people with health conditions such as heart disease. The Times felt doctors should prescribe their patients to exercise instead of prescribing prescription drugs. Both headlines are based on studies researchers have completed but they are overstating some of the evidence, as it has been found that it’s better for physicians to prescribe both medications and exercise as a treatment plan. Both medications and exercise have their place in treating the body. Another study conducted in London by the International Diabetes Foundation has found that the diabetes battle is ‘being lost’ due to the high level of cases of people diagnosed with diabetes.  The record has now soared to 382 million people.  A majority of the people who have type 2 diabetes are living an unhealthy lifestyle.  This unhealthy lifestyle is linked to lack of exercise and obesity.  This epidemic has exploded in numbers due to more people in developing worlds have taken on Western and urban lifestyles.  It has been estimated by 2035 the number of diabetes diagnosis will be 55% and it will be 592 million people.

Symptoms of type-2 diabetes

Symptoms of type-2 diabetes

The primary problem is that many people will go undiagnosed for months to years and will be unaware that there is something wrong despite various symptoms.  Symptoms can include itchiness, yeast infections (thrush), numbing, and frequent urination especially at night, inadequate blood sugar, health complications, and damage to the kidneys, heart, eyes and other organs.  If it is left untreated for a long period, premature death can occur.  Many people with untreated diabetes are living in the low and middle class income levels with the inability to access proper health care. It’s important to get a proper checkup to make sure you’re completely healthy and if you’re diagnosed with diabetes then take on the right options of maintaining the symptoms.

About Acupunture by Nicole Leon

256555_444599075571369_1428615629_oAcupuncture involves the use of hairline thin needles that are inserted into the skin at particular points on the body. Acupuncture has been a part of ancient eastern medicine for thousands of years and is commonly used to bring relief of symptoms from various disorders. Alternative medicine describes this procedure as a way to create balance in the body through the flow of energy in the body known as Chi (pronounced Chee) or Qi. Inserting needles into the energy pathways is believed the energy will become balanced. When the energy is unblocked, it helps the symptoms to disappear and inflammation to decrease. Sessions usually will last for approximately 15 minutes to about an hour. Western medicine views this technique as a way to stimulate the body’s connective tissue, muscles, and nerves. It allows this stimulation to boost the energy levels, blood flow, and the body’s own natural painkillers.

Acupuncture and chiropractic care are used to treat various medical conditions such as sciatica, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, low back pain, depression, tennis elbow, menstruation problems, headaches, dental pain, stroke, insomnia, and pinched nerves.

Some of the best benefits of patients receiving treatment include the help it offers to increase the effectiveness of prescription depression medications work. It reduces anxiety and allows the physician to reduce the dosage and in turn lower the medication’s side effects, which can include weight gain, nausea, and diarrhea, decreased sex drive, dry mouth, and increased urination. Acupuncture soothes indigestion and heartburn problems for pregnant women. Pregnant women were able to use fewer antacids and prescription medications after just a few sessions. Acupuncture therapy has shown to help with preventing migraines and tension headaches. Acupuncture is useful for those who do not want to take pain medications.


The risks are low and it is best to have a certified and competent acupuncture practitioner. Several of the possible side effects include soreness, minor bruising, or bleeding from where the needles were inserted. Injury of the organ is possible if the needles are pushed in too deep especially the lungs. Using an experienced certified acupuncturist will lower that risk to a rare occurrence. People with bleeding disorders may increase their chances of bruising or bleeding during the session. Also for people on blood thinners, such Warfarin may experience bleeding or bruising. Lastly, pregnant women may go into premature labor, as there are some types of acupuncture that may affect them. It is always important to consult with a physician to let them know this method is being considered.

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