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History of Diabetes

Diabetes as a disease is known for last thousands of years, but its cause was not clear. Earliest mention of diabetes is in an Egyptian medical text written around 1550 B.C., called the Ebers Papyrus. It describes a condition of ‘passing too much urine’. The Greek physician Aretaeus, who lived in the second century A.D. gave diabetes its name, for a Greek word meaning `siphon’ or ‘pass through’. By the eighteenth century, the Latin term mellitus was added to diabetes.... 

Blood glucose meter testing tips Part 2

What Precautions are to be Observed Before Using Test Strips? * Are the strips fresh? Look for expiry date. Look for colour changes on the strip pad, which can indicate chemical spoilage. * Are the strips properly stored? Avoid exposing the strips to light. * Are you spending the time to calibrate your meter to each new batch of test strips? There are variations from one batch to another. How to Test Whether the Glucometer is Working Properly or Not? 1. The meter should be tested every month using... 

Benefits of Insulin

Insulin normalizes the metabolism and thus corrects multiple problems in the body. Insulin therapy: •    Eliminates symptoms of diabetes •    Prevents problems such as ketoacidosis •    Improves work and exercise capacity •    Reduces risk of infections •    Ensures better healing and repair after surgery •    Prevents delay or arrest long-term diabetic complications •    Reduces the risks and complications to the mother and child during pregnancy •    Ensures... 

Exercise guidelines for diabetics

Elliott Joslin, the father of modern diabetes, mentioned dietary management along with exercise and insulin injections as the cornerstones of diabetes therapy in the 1920s. A Regular exercise programme, undertaken after due fitness evaluation, is an essential part of modern diabetes management. Regular exercise not only improves blood sugar control, but also has several other benefits. Inactive adults have approximately twice the risk of premature death and serious medical illness as compared to... 

Gestational Diabetes: Diagnosis

This primary glucose test will not provide you with a diagnosis, it is simply a tool to determine if you may have a problem and should then go on to the next series of tests. The first test however, is simple. You arrive at the lab or doctors office and are handed a fizzy drink that contains between 50 and 100 grams of glucose. It is syrupy and sweet and you must drink it within 10 minutes. After 10 minutes the clock starts. One hour after consuming this drink your blood is drawn and sent off to...