Latest And Advanced Treatment Of Diabetes
With advancement in technology, there are a variety of approaches to treat diabetes. Here is a list of some of the latest, advanced and interesting trends for you.
By Siddiqha Naseem
Diabetes is a condition that occurs when the blood sugar or blood glucose levels are very high. This can have long-term health complications and worse, life-long. It is increasingly occurring in children as juvenile diabetes and of course in adults.
Diabetes is considered one of the fastest spreading health conditions in the country and it can occur in anybody.
Some reasons for diabetes are being older than 40 years of age, suffering from high cholesterol levels and having high blood pressure.
In the case of women, you may develop diabetes at a later stage if you have had gestational diabetes during your pregnancy. People who are taking certain medicines for a long period of time are also more likely to develop this condition.
It is alarming that children can develop diabetes at a young age, and are usually diagnosed with Juvenile diabetes or Type 1 diabetes. In Type 1 diabetes, the children's bodies are incapable of producing insulin and thereby have to be administered with insulin shots for almost their entire lives.
These days treating diabetes has become a lot simpler because medication and other treatment options are readily available. Technology has made coping with diabetes much easier. Here are some advanced technologies that help you monitor and maintain your's or your child's glucose levels.
Medtronic minimed 640G:
This is a combination of a monitor that measures blood sugar along with an insulin pump. The device continues to pump insulin into the body until the blood sugar level balances. This form of treatment is generally recommended for individuals suffering from Type 1 diabetes.
Scientists are also trying to come up with an artificial pancreas. A variety of models are being tested and may soon be approved to be introduced in the market. It is known to monitor the glucose and insulin levels of the body. It comes along with an app that helps you check the insulin level and maintain a balanced glucose level.
There are some popular medicines that can be prescribed to individuals suffering from either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Generally taken before a meal, they offer the body a boost of insulin. It is easily portable and quick to use. It is not yet widely available in India.
Consulting a doctor is now at your fingertips. With shopping and ticket booking, smartphone apps can help you consult with doctors. You can look for and talk to any diabetologist from around the world. The doctor sends the prescription in a PDF file after consultation.
Pain management devices:
Diabetes often comes with symptoms such as chronic joint pain. While we assume there is nothing but pain relief drugs to reduce the pain, however, there are new pain management devices in the market that you can count on. These devices not only measure your vitals but also provide relief to pain. The device releases electrical impulses to your body which help in stimulating your sensory nerves. This process of treating pain with low-voltage current is called transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS).
Smartphones have easy-to-use applications that can monitor your body glucose levels. There are glucose metre devices that can be connected to your phone apps that displays not only your glucose levels, but also suggest the required intake of insulin. These apps have advanced features like meal planner, grocery lists, workout schedules, drug intake reminder and monthly insulin tracker. This helps you not only to keep a track of your glucose levels but also helps you maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Things to remember:
- It is essential to consult with your child’s doctor and come up with a meal plan. There is a list of dos and don’ts to remember when -planning your diabetic child’s diet.
- Include vegetables and fruits in their meals.
- Make a routine chart for his physical activity. Limit gadget time, and instead, enrol him in a sports club. Children should be active for at least an hour per day.
Diabetes is treatable, not curable. Hence prevention is always better. Ensure that your child is physically active and keep a constant check on her eating habits. Avoid junk food as it can lead to obesity — one of the predominant reasons for diabetes in children. Include all colours of vegetables and fruits in your child’s daily meal for a nutrient-rich diet.
Living with diabetes is not easy, but a few lifestyle changes and proper treatment can go a long way to help your child deal with daily life.
With Inputs from Dr Fred Williams, Consultant – Endocrinologist, of a leading hospital.
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