Diabetes Awareness

by Ryan L. Thompson on 09/06/2013

When you receive the news from your doctor that you are diabetic, lots of questions flood your mind and it can be overwhelming. What can I eat? What should I do? Is there a plan for me to follow? Can I live a normal life? Many of our firm’s mass tort clients are diabetics. We care for our clients and make every effort to learn about their medical conditions, both to work up their case properly and to give them the best advice possible. What follows will be the first in a series of blogs on diabetes awareness, treatments and demographic trends. 

According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes, and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Some people with type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed causing diagnoses to come only when it becomes a life-threatening condition. Common symptoms of diabetes include:
• Blurry vision
• Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
• Extreme fatigue
• Feeling very hungry - even though you are eating
• Feeling very thirsty
• Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)
• Urinating often
• Weight loss - even though you are eating more (type 1)

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. 8.6 percent of Americans are living with type diabetes 2. Being told you have diabetes can be quite a troubling time — and rightly so. Diabetes is scary; but, with proper medical management and lifestyle adjustments, your diabetes can be handled safely.

Health Risks of Diabetes
• Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.
• Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults.
• The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes.
• Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.

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Diabetes Nutrition:

Rather than a restrictive diet, a diabetes diet is a healthy-eating plan that's naturally rich in nutrients, low calories, saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol and sodium; with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables and whole grains; and establishing regular mealtimes. In fact, a diabetes diet is the best eating plan for most everyone whether they have diabetes or not.

Diabetes Exercises:

Research has shown that physical activity can:• give you more energy
• help you lose weight
• improve your body's ability to use insulin
• keep your heart and bones strong
• keep your joints flexible
• lower your bad cholesterol and raise your good cholesterol
• lower your blood glucose and your blood pressure
• lower your risk of falling
• reduce your body fat
• reduce your stress levels

Exercise also plays an important part in prevention of diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program showed that modest weight loss of 5 to 7 percent of overall body weight through diet and exercise can delay and possibly prevent type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes Medication:

Some people with type 2 diabetes can manage their diabetes through healthy eating and exercise. However, your doctor may need to prescribe medications and insulin to help you meet your target blood glucose levels. Diabetes is a progressive disease - even if you don't need to treat your diabetes with medications at first, you may need to over time. Discuss which treatment options are right for you with your physician.

Medications like Actos are designed to help control type 2 diabetes. Actos is the brand name for a prescription drug manufactured by Takeda and used in type 2 diabetics to improve blood sugar (glucose) control. It increases the insulin sensitivity within the body to allow the insulin to control blood sugar levels, while not causing the pancreas to produce more insulin.

However, serious Actos side effects have been reported by the FDA, including heart attacks, cardiac heart failure, liver failure, and bladder cancer. Click here for more information on Actos.

Always consult a physician before beginning any diet, exercise plan or changing your medication. If you or a loved one feel that your use of Actos caused or contributed to the development of bladder cancer, or other side effects email us at, or call us at 1-800-796-9605.

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