More than 29 million people in the U.S., or 9.3 percent of the population, have diabetes. African Americans have some of the highest incidence rates for diabetes, along with more complications from the disease. Diabetes is treatable, but it is important to recognize the symptoms early.
Here are 6 symptoms of diabetes that should not be ignored
#1 – Excessive urination: excess urination means you have more sugar in your bloodstream that needs to be eliminated. This is a very common sign of diabetes.
#2 – Excessive thirst: if you are thirsty all the time, it’s another common sign of diabetes. This can become even worse if you drink sugary drinks like sodas because they add even more sugar to your bloodstream, which makes you urinate more often, which makes you more thirsty.
#3 – Depression and irritability: these moods are often the result of diabetes. Just as when you are sick and feeling down, high blood sugar can also affect your mood and cause depression.
#4 – Blurry vision: diabetes can cause blurry vision resulting in complications with the blood vessels in the back of the eye. If left untreated, it can cause blindness.
#5 – Constant fatigue: elevated blood sugar can leave you feeling tired all the time. Chronic fatigue is another common sign of diabetes.
#6 – Numbness and tingling: a feeling of tingling or numbness, especially in the limbs and feet, is another sign of diabetes. It is caused by nerve damage from diabetes.
Diabetes is often called the “silent killer” because the symptoms are so easy to overlook. Don’t make that mistake. If you are having one or more of these symptoms, have your doctor test you for diabetes.
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African Americans have the highest rate of diabetes, but get this: it’s a preventable disease. We can actually win the fight against it.
Genetic traits, the prevalence of obesity, and insulin resistance all contribute to the risk of diabetes in the African American community. African Americans also have a high rate of diabetic complications, because of poor glycemic control and racial disparities in health care in the USA.
As with most preventable diseases, if you catch them early, then you have a better chance of survival and possibly reversing the disease. Here are symptoms you may not know, but are indicators in pinpointing the disease:
You Have To Go To The Bathroom More
When you have diabetes, your body becomes less efficient at breaking food down into sugar, so you have more sugar sitting in your bloodstream, says Dobbins. Your body gets rid of it by flushing it out in the urine. That’s why you’re going to the bathroom a lot. Most patients aren’t necessarily aware of how often they use the bathroom But one red flag is whether the need to urinate keeps you up at night. Once or twice might be normal, but if it’s affecting your ability to sleep, that could be a symptom to pay attention to.
You’re More Thirsty
Urinating a lot will also make you feel parched. A common symptom Dobbins sees with patients is that they use drinks like juices, soda, or chocolate milk to quench their thirst. These sugary beverages then pack the bloodstream with excess sugar, which can lead to the problem all over again.
You’re Moody and Grumpy
When your blood sugar is out of whack, you just don’t feel well and might become more short-tempered. In fact, high blood sugar can mimic depression-like symptoms. You feel very tired, you don’t feel like doing anything, you don’t want to go out, you just want to sleep. Patients who think they need to be treated for depression, but then they experience mood improvement after their blood sugar normalizes.
Your Vision Is More Blurry Than Usual
In the early stages of diabetes, the eye lens is not focusing well because glucose builds up in the eye, which temporarily changes its shape. “You’re not going blind from diabetes,” Dr. Cypess says he assures patients. “In about six to eight weeks after your blood sugars are stabilized, you’re not going to feel it anymore; the eye will adjust.”
Your cuts and scrapes heal more slowly
The immune system and the processes that help the body heal don’t work so well when your sugar levels are high.
You’re Tired All The Time
Of course you’re exhausted every now and then. But ongoing fatigue is an important symptom to pay attention to; it might mean the food you’re eating for energy isn’t being broken down and used by cells as it’s supposed to. In many cases of type 2 diabetes, your sugar levels can be elevated for awhile, so these symptoms could come on slowly.
Your Feet Tingle
Elevated sugar levels can cause complications well before you realize you have diabetes. One of these is mild nerve damage, which can cause numbness in your feet.
Nationwide — In an age of so many disruptive technologies, there are few that stand out as true potential game-changers. George McKinney and his company, Better Life Technologies Group, have developed a technology that may just be one of the best kept secrets in medical science. Better Life Technologies’ Glucose Diagnostic Sensor has a plethora of applications that make it a unicorn in the area of non-invasive Glucose detection, which very well may be applied to the detection of other diseases.
In August of 2016, the company developed a partnership with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The University will work hand-in hand with Fallbrook Engineering of Leucadia CA a medical device development company that has been a leader in medical equipment for diabetes and has gain notoriety for their work on stent technology with Dr. Paul Teirstien head of Cardiology of Scripps Hospital of La Jolla.
Better Life Technologies Group has recently secured a patent-pending on a device that detects blood content and glucose in a non-invasive fashion from emissions that come from the skin. This will be a welcomed development for individuals who fear needles at doctor’s appointments, and the Elderly who have trouble finding veins. The glucose diagnostic system will be able to be worn like a watch, and help detect early stages of cancer, and symptoms of diabetes, electrolytes, and much more. This technology promises to be truly disruptive and revolutionary to medical science industry. Importantly, once their newest invention receives funding, the University will dedicate staff and faculty to solve the technological problem of diabetes and other medical issues plaguing our society.
“A lot of times, the VC’s and Angel Investors look the direction that everyone is going. However, in many cases the answer to the question lies in a solution that is counter to the conventional wisdom in a particular area” says McKinney. “When a tech company gets together with a university to solve problems in the scientific community, there sometimes is this fear of being embarrassed which considering ideas that are too far outside the conventional box, which tends to direct great minds towards variations of the same solutions. This puts our greatest minds in a scientific echo-chamber, I think the real trail blazing comes from those who are able to take on conventional wisdom to focus on improving life and health for everyone. A different story needs to be told which involves the tremendous amount of discoveries that lie outside the echo-chamber of conventional thought. I’m hoping this becomes a model for the future, however to get there, it is of utmost importance that we receive your support financially, and with your help we can make it happen.”
As it happens with many inventions, it was while working on the prototype for McKinney’s patent, that his team of engineers and scientists stumbled upon the technology that they are currently using to create their glucose diagnostic system.
“The challenge is to get people excited about it. We feel like we have the Holy Grail and as one of the partners of one of this nation’s top 10 IP Legal firms once stated, “George if you are successful, you and your firm are going to change the face of medicine.” McKinney asks, for your support for Better Life Technologies Group by visiting and donating to the site below.
Diabetes is a national epidemic. According to the CDC, almost 29 million people in the U.S. (9.3% of the population) have been diagnosed with diabetes and another 79 million adults in the U.S. have pre-diabetes. In fact, the CDC projects that one-in-three adults could have diabetes by the year 2050.
With the holidays right around the corner, keeping blood sugars in control can be somewhat of a challenge. Whether you’ve “fallen off the bandwagon” in the past or done a relatively good job eating healthy, Annette Vale, a registered nurse and a Certified Diabetes Educator with Fit4D, a patient-centered diabetes coaching platform, provides 14 tips to help you get through the holidays without cramping your lifestyle.
Remember, the holidays are for enjoying and growing closer to others and not just about the food. By having good control of your diabetes during the holidays, you will feel better without any regret.
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While many believe that a high-protein diet can help with weight loss, a new study finds it might actually prevent an important health benefit that comes with slimming down.
The research found that when you lose weight on a high-protein diet, there’s no improvement in what doctors call “insulin sensitivity” — a factor that could lower your risk for diabetes and heart disease.
In type 2 diabetes, cells gradually lose insulin sensitivity — their ability to respond to the metabolic hormone.
This often occurs with rising obesity, so improved insulin sensitivity can be one of the byproducts of weight loss.
However, “we found that women who lost weight eating a high-protein diet didn’t experience any improvements in insulin sensitivity,” said study principal investigator Bettina Mittendorfer. She’s a professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Mittendorfer’s team tracked outcomes over seven months for 34 obese women aged 50 to 65, none of whom had diabetes at the study’s outset. The women were divided into three groups: a no-dieting group where women simply maintained their weight; a dieting group that ate the recommended daily level of protein; and a dieting group that stuck to a high-protein regimen.
At the end of the study period, women who ate a high-protein diet did not show improvement in insulin sensitivity, an important factor in reducing diabetes and heart disease risk.
The women who dieted but ate the standard amount of protein had a 25 to 30 percent improvement in their insulin sensitivity, the researchers reported.
“Women who lost weight while eating less protein were significantly more sensitive to insulin at the conclusion of the study,” Mittendorfer said in a university news release. “That’s important because in many overweight and obese people, insulin does not effectively control blood-sugar levels, and eventually the result is type 2 diabetes,” she explained.
The researchers also found that consuming high levels of protein offered little benefit in terms of preserving muscle while dieting.
“When you lose weight, about two-thirds of it tends to be fat tissue, and the other third is lean tissue,” Mittendorfer noted. “The women who ate more protein did tend to lose a little bit less lean tissue, but the total difference was only about a pound. We question whether there’s a significant clinical benefit to such a small difference.”
It’s not known why insulin sensitivity didn’t improve among women who ate high-protein diets, or if the same results would occur in men or in women already diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the study authors said.
One expert nutritionist said the findings make sense, metabolically speaking.
“Your body needs protein. But consuming an amount of protein beyond your needs is unnecessary, may be harmful if you have kidney issues, and can lead to weight gain since excess calories from protein are stored as fat,” explained Stephanie Schiff. She’s a registered dietitian at Huntington Hospital in Huntington, N.Y.
“For obese, postmenopausal women, add in the factor of decreased insulin sensitivity and the perceived benefits from high-protein diets are lost,” she said.
Schiff believes the healthiest diet is a “balanced” one that includes complex carbohydrates as well as a recommended level of daily protein.
However, one diabetes expert believes healthy weight loss is typically beneficial in terms of preventing diabetes — even if it involves high-protein regimens.
“Most of the time people who lose weight become more insulin sensitive,” said Dr. Gerald Bernstein, who coordinates the Friedman Diabetes Program at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
He believes exercise is key, too.
“A reasonable amount of physical activity can increase insulin sensitivity in muscles,” Bernstein said, “and we generally work on caloric restriction and physical activity together.”
The findings were published Oct. 11 in the journal Cell Reports.
4 genius college students have created new technology that promises to reduce the risk of amputation among people with diabetes. Chevan Baker and Jann Butler (pictured above), along with Jordan Barber and Frederick Harris, are all engineering majors at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi.
The state of Mississippi, according to the state’s Department of Health, ranked second in the nation for diabetes in 2012. So the students decided to create a temperature-measuring device called the “smart mat” that measures foot temperatures, which will let patients know when they are at risk for complications that could lead to amputation.
How it works
The “smart mat” is designed to send early warning signals that will prevent ulceration and amputation risks resulting from diabetes complications. Some of those risks involve nerve damage and ulceration to the feet which can cause a loss of feeling; diabetes patients may not know how serious the situation is until it is too late. Monitoring temperature in the feet can result in preventing damage that would otherwise lead to amputation.
As Jann Butler explains, “A diabetic patient has abnormal (high) glucose levels in the blood, affecting its flow to the lower extremities. This causes the foot to be colder than average. By outputting temperature values, the patient can see which foot is more affected.”
Diabetes and African Americans
According to the American Diabetes Association, 13.2 percent of all African Americans aged 20 years or older are diagnosed with diabetes. African Americans are 1.7 times more likely to have diabetes as whites, and they are 3 times more likely than others to have a leg amputated due to complications from diabetes.
So their invention is very timely and very much needed. For more details about the talented Jackson State University students and their new invention, visit www.stemrules.com/a-student-project-to-thwart-diabetes/
Though the obesity epidemic affects people of all backgrounds, experts have long noted that black women face a notably higher risk of being overweight or obese than black men.
Now, a new study has identified genetic factors in black men with a strong West African ancestry that are associated with a lower risk of belly fat. But this apparent benefit doesn’t extend to black women, regardless of their lineage.
“This finding is not entirely novel,” said study lead author Yann Klimentidis, an assistant professor with the department of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Arizona.
“There is some previously existing evidence that individuals of West African descent tend to have lower levels of visceral, or belly, fat,” he said.
“However, our finding is novel in showing that this protective effect appears to be limited to men,” Klimentidis added, “and thus potentially explaining why there is such a large gender disparity in obesity rates among African-Americans.”
More than eight in 10 black American women are either overweight or obese, a U.S. survey found. About three-quarters of Hispanic women are overweight or obese. And, 65 percent of white women face similar weight concerns, the survey showed.
Slightly less than 70 percent of black men in the United States are either overweight or obese, the survey noted. In white men, that figure is 73 percent. And about 78 percent of Hispanic men are overweight or obese, the survey said.
Being overweight or obese is a known risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes, the American Diabetes Association says. Black American women are more likely to have type 2 diabetes than white American women. But type 2 diabetes is more prevalent among white American men than black American men, the study authors said.
The researchers wanted to learn if genetics might explain these differences. So, the study team looked at genetic data collected by the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Samples were collected from nearly 4,500 black men and women. The study volunteers were between 45 and 85 years old.
The researchers looked for evidence of West African or European ancestry.
The study also included hip and waist measurements, a standard way to assess excess belly fat. The researchers compared genetic factors to these measurements.
Although the investigators found that black men with a “high degree” of West African ancestry were less likely to carry excess belly fat, it’s not clear which specific genes might offer black men some obesity protection. It’s also not clear how such a genetic background might interact with lifestyle habits, such as diet and exercise, to lessen obesity risk. Or, when those genetic factors are missing, how lifestyle might boost obesity risk.
“There are many different risk factors for obesity,” stressed Klimentidis, “so it’s difficult to say what percentage of men benefit. But in general, our findings suggest that men with greater West African ancestry are those most likely to be protected from obesity or belly fat.
“We still need to identify the specific genes that protect African-American men,” Klimentidis added, “and also better understand why women do not benefit in the same way.”
The study was published June 1 in Frontiers in Genetics.
Ruth Loos, an expert on the genetics of obesity, called the new findings “intriguing,” but unsurprising.
“People’s genetic ancestry — such as African, European, Asian — determines, in part, what they look like. It also contributes to some populations’ increased risk of developing certain diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, it’s not unlikely that people’s ancestry will also make them more susceptible to weight gain,” said Loos, who wasn’t part of the study. She’s the director of the Genetics of Obesity and Related Metabolic Traits Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City.
Still, Loos said that future research will need to reconfirm the findings. New research should also attempt to figure out why certain genes end up keeping weight down among black men but not black women, she added.
Some of us just can’t order that salad at Ruth’s Chris. The temptation of an Idaho potato ripped open with that artery clogging butter is just too good. And of course don’t forget the big 16 oz steak. Then you’re adding fuel to the fire by drinking a large soda or beer. This is good for special occasions, but a lifestyle of nothing but red meat and starches leads to frequent doctor visits or worse. But there are ways to lower your risk and even control your diabetes with proper dieting. Here are the top foods for Black men suffering from diabetes.
The foods in this section all have one thing in common: they’re known to have a great effect on your sugar. These superfoods have a low glycemic index count. The Glycemic index is a ranking of carbohydrate-containing foods, based on the food’s effect on blood glucose compared with a standard reference food.
For men who like to juice, be sure to include grapefruit, oranges, lemons and lime in the mix. They’re packed with soluble fiber and vitamin C to give you that added boost in the morning.
A few blueberries and strawberries throughout the day will help give you the necessary antioxidants for any type of common sickness. These berries also contain essential vitamins and fiber. Eating these can satisfy that sweets craving and keep you healthy at the same time.
Instead of ordering a burger the next time you go out, try a salmon burger on a whole grain bun. Salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids and if you get it grilled, it’s even more delicious and good for you. The whole grain bun also has omega-3 fatty acids, as well as folate, magnesium and chromium. Top it off with some tomatoes to get the necessary nutrients like vitamin C, iron and vitamin E and you’re all set to go.
Although I did mention that too much starch can be a bad thing, if you do get the itch for a potato chip or french fry, try a sweet potato instead. They’re rich with vitamin A and fiber.
And brothers, you don’t have to stray too far away from home because you can still eat things like collard greens from good ‘ol mom. Just tell her to be easy on the pork additive. If you’re a man that enjoys spinach and kale these can also be good additions to a plate that needs a lot of dark green leafy vegetables that are low in carbohydrates and calories.
Licensed dietitian, Tamara Melton, lended her expertise on this matter. She says men could also benefit greatly from eating smaller portions and adding a heavy dose of new food choices to the mix.
“People often think about eating smaller amounts of unhealthy foods, but they can instead focus on eating larger amounts of healthy foods. Work to make half of your meal fruits and non-starchy veggies (starchy veggies are potatoes, corn, carrots, etc). Drink more water. Make it a goal to try one new recipe a week. Cooking more meals at home can help to reduce the amount of sodium in the food and you can control the portion sizes a bit better.”