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Is Your Blood Pressure High?

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ShareHypertension has few symptoms until it has started to cause damage. Hypertension (HT) affects one in four adults and once we reach 75, over two-thirds of us. It’s diagnosed when your blood pressure is consistently 140/90 mmHg or higher (the figures reflect arterial pressure during/ between heartbeats and ideally should be around 120/80 mmHg). Sudden blood pressure rises can occur in …

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Do You Have Swollen Diabetic Legs?

Share Best On Test Do You Have Swollen Legs? Always uncomfortable and sometimes serious, you need to find the cause. Our blood and body cells contain fluid, nutrients and other chemicals.  Extra cellular fluid (ECF) and lymphatic channels return excess fluid waste to our blood for excretion by our kidneys. Our brains, kidneys and other organs constantly monitor and adjust …

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The Diabetic Kidney Disease – Diabetic Nephropathy

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Share Diabetic nephropathy or diabetic kidney disease is a complication of type 1 or type 2 diabetes caused by damage to the kidneys’ delicate filtering system. The kidneys have many minuscule blood vessels whose job is to filter waste from the blood. These blood vessels are destroyed as a result of high blood sugar from diabetes. Eventually, the kidney is unable …

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Diabetes Basics and a Certain Degree of Order

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Share Finding out you have diabetes can be scary. People with diabetes can live long healthy lives. Let’s go over some basics. This is diabetes made simple. When we eat, food travels to the stomach. Food is made up of three basic components. Carbohydrates, proteins and fats. During digestion, carbohydrates are broken down into sugar, otherwise known as glucose. Here’s …

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Insulin Basics for Diabetics

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ShareRecent studies indicate that diagnosis of diabetes itself indicates that 75% of β-cells have failed. Over a period of time, more and more cells fail. To make it worse, some tablets may be stressing the β-cells more. In contrast, taking insulin helps reduce the stress on β-cells. Tablets or oral antidiabetic agents are useful but have limited efficacy. Sensitizers work …

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