15 June 2010

Diabetes causes decline in mental abilities

Memory, speed of cognitive processes, and cognitive flexibility are the focus of a five year Dutch study. Results were submitted November 3, 2009, accepted May 26, 2010, and published June 2, 2010 in American Diabetes Association's “Diabetes Care”. It then took Reuters to bring this to the attention of the public on June 11, 2010.

At the 5-year follow-up, the decline in global mental functions in diabetes patients was approximately 3 times greater than in persons without diabetes. It is important to know that as we reach our middle years, that our brain may be slowing us down.

Diabetes can lead to a decline in memory, thinking speed, and mental flexibility in middle age; however, aggressive control of blood glucose might prevent some of the decline. This was not a factor in the study.

14 June 2010

Fear of syringes and needles

Most everyone dislikes needles, but some have a real fear of needles. For those of us with diabetes, this is not a good a good combination, especially if the person has type 1 diabetes and some of us with type 2. For many people with type 2 diabetes, doctors will not prescribe insulin and will use the threat as a way to get patients to follow orders. Then when they need insulin the patient blames him/her self and feels that he/she is a failure.

Although this reference is humorous, it is not and has good information. I have personally seen examples of this while in the military, out of a group of over 100 men, six went down, succumbing to Trypanophobia . The way medical professional should handle type 2 patients is presented here. This article also covers other fears about insulin that many people with type 2 diabetes have and explains these.

For those people that need some encouragement about using syringes, view the following video from BD on using insulin syringes.

13 June 2010

Earlier screening for diabetes recommended

Researchers now say that screening should now start at age 30 instead of age 45. Of course what the articles does not mention until near the end that this is only for those that are obese and have a family history of diabetes. The article is here.

Their recommendations say start at 30 and continue screening every three to five years until high blood pressure and then more often. They claim this is more cost effective.

While I agree that screening needs to start earlier, education needs to start earlier along with some preventative health education classes in all areas of health.