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Diabetes treatment
Diabetes (a chronic disease that affects more than 6 million people in Spain) conditions people’s lives and their daily habits. Patients have to continuously check their blood sugar, eat healthily, exercise regularly, and follow the pharmacological treatment, which in the most severe cases involves injecting insulin daily. Improving the quality of life of these patients...
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) remains one of the leading causes of vision loss in the working-age population, affecting more than a third of all people living with diabetes (IDF 2020). With this panorama of the health and economic impact of the DR, having tools and technology that already contributes to the prevention and timely detection of...
You can now collect your Fitbit device data on SocialDiabetes! Living with diabetes demands taking action to take care of various aspects of your life, constantly and having clear goals, including those related to physical activity and exercise. We know with scientific evidence that physical activity and exercise have a direct impact on glucose levels,...
Currently, adherence to insulin therapy can be one of the most difficult aspects of diabetes treatment due to multiple factors, mainly forgetfulness. A simple approach that facilitates and motivates patients to improve compliance with their daily injection program will have a direct impact on better short- and long-term glucose control, and with it, a better...
Diabetic retinopathy, the complication that we cannot stop seeing When we talk about complications of diabetes, it is inevitable to think about damage to the eyes or sight, and it is no wonder since diabetic retinopathy affects more than a third of all people living with diabetes (IDF 2020), It is one of the main...
After some time living with diabetes, you may have noticed that to a large extent the response to diabetes control is in the data. In other words, if you manage to interpret and understand well what your diabetological data reflects, it will be easier for you to reach control and maintain it, but do you...
It seems obvious that a healthy diet should be a part of anybody’s lifestyle, especially in the case of diabetes. Much is said and written on the topic, with different arguments. Some are on a crusade based on eliminating processed foods. Others just recommend the acclaimed Mediterranean diet represented by olive oil. Finally, the influence...
The pancreas of a person without diabetes secretes an amount of insulin continuously throughout the day and, additionally, after each meal, a larger amount to metabolise the carbs consumed. These two components are substituted by long-acting or intermediate-acting insulins and fast-acting insulins, respectively. Additionally, there are premixed insulins that include both fast-acting and intermediate-acting insulin...
Physical exercise is one of the foundations of diabetes treatment. It has numerous positive effects, from reducing cardiovascular risk factors to improving quality of life. Nevertheless, as with any treatment, it can also have some adverse effects. Hypoglycaemia is definitely the one that causes most concern for people with diabetes. Simply put, it could be...
Different factors can affect blood glucose (sugar) levels in people with diabetes, such as physical activity, stress, illness, etc. and in the case of women, their menstrual cycle. The menstrual cycle involves hormonal changes that can alter glucose levels and modify insulin needs. The hormones responsible for these changes are oestrogens and progesterone. How do...
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