Tag: Diabetes

Care of the feet for people with Diabetes – Diabetes ulcers/foot infections.

Care of the feet for people with Diabetes – Diabetes ulcers/foot infections.

General Health, Medical Information, Medicine, Surgery
Diabetes Mellitus or simply diabetes is very common in our today society. We have special clinics in our hospitals whereby we follow up patients with diabetes in order to optimize their diabetes control and the drugs for diabetes in our patients. In these visits, we also emphasize on diet, lifestyle and general care for people with diabetes. On the care, we educate our patients on the care of the feet in order to prevent diabetes ulcers/foot since it’s easy to get ulcers if not careful due to reduced protective sensation of pain and the healing is slower compared to general population since there is usually compromise of the blood supply from micro-vascular disease. When infected, it’s not easy to treat because of the compromised reach of the antibiotics due to the same. If care is
Increase tax of sugary drinks to fight the global epidemics of obesity and diabetes.

Increase tax of sugary drinks to fight the global epidemics of obesity and diabetes.

Fitness and Weight loss, General Health
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged governments around the world to increase the tax of sugary drinks in order to fight the global epidemics of increased obesity and type 2 diabetes around the world, the WHO said in “Fiscal Policies for Diet and Prevention of Non-communicable Diseases”, a report issued on World Obesity Day. It is their hope that by increasing the tax of sweet drinks the prices would go up and hence less consumption. This would decrease obesity in our population since sugary drinks is one of the major contributors of obesity especially childhood obesity and hence reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes among other deadly diseases. According to the Ministry of health, a third of Kenyan women are either overweight or obese attributed to poor nutrition.

Lifestyle modifications in Diabetes.

General Health, Medical Information
By Dr Ali Omar Diabetes mellitus or simply diabetes is a serious non communicable disease affecting many people around the world. Diabetes is on the rise in Kenya and around the world. About 1% of total deaths in Kenya were due to Diabetes in 2012 according to WHO. The prevalence of diabetes in 2014 in Kenya was at 6%. According to CDC 2011, 1 million Americans are suffering from type 1 diabetes, 26 million have type 2 and 79 Million have pre-diabetes in the United states of America. Most if not all hospitals in Kenya have Diabetic clinic whereby patients suffering from diabetes are being treated and followed up. Type 1 diabetes is managed with Insulin and strict diet as advised by the nutritionist or dietician, this should be clear. Pre-Diabetes and type 2 diabetes c...

Complications of Diabetes Mellitus

Medical Information, Medicine
By Dr Ali Omar The complications of Diabetes mellitus are divided into Acute and chronic. Acute Complications of Diabetes Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) This is a major medical emergency seen especially in people with type 1 diabetes. The patient usually develops inter-current infections leading to loss of appetite so they think at this time they don’t need the insulin so much. It is characterised by biochemical features Hyperglycemia, hyperkeratonemia (high ketone bodies) and metabolic acidosis. Hyperglycemia causes profound osmotic diuresis leading to dehydration and electrolyte loss especially sodium and potassium. Ketones also accumulate in the blood due to increased lipolysis. All patients are usually depleted of potassium even though it might not show in the bloo

Diabetes Mellitus

Medical Information, Medicine
By Dr Ali Omar Diabetes mellitus or simply diabetes is defined as a clinical syndrome characterised by high blood sugar/glucose level (hyperglycemia) due to absolute or relative insulin deficiency. Introduction Diabetes is on the rise in Kenya and around the world. About 1% of total deaths in Kenya were due to Diabetes in 2012 according to WHO. The prevalence of diabetes in 2014 in Kenya was at 6%. According to CDC 2011, 1 million Americans are suffering from type 1 diabetes, 26 million have type 2 and 79 Million have pre-diabetes in the United states of America. There are mainly two types of Diabetes. Type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Diabetes is due to combination of genetic and environmental factors such as diet, obesity and lack of exercise. Diabetes is a seri...
Low-carb High Fat (LCHF) lifestyle for weight loss and preventing type 2 Diabetes.

Low-carb High Fat (LCHF) lifestyle for weight loss and preventing type 2 Diabetes.

Fitness and Weight loss
I have heard so many testimonies about the Low carbohydrate high fat diet being successful in weight loss, preventing or reversing type 2 Diabetes. An interesting one is from my own uncle, who after being told that he was in the borderline for type-2 diabetes, was advised to go on a diet and loose weight. You would be surprised by how excited and knowledgeable he is about the lifestyle changes of Low-Carb High Fat diet and how successful this program is to him. He lost 15 kilograms in a period of 3 months following Low carb High fat (LCHF) lifestyle. Because of that, he is now at a reduced risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. The good thing about LCHF is that you can eat all you need to feel satisfied, no need to calculate calorie intake, no pills, no surgery needed, just real food chang...