Sometimes it’s really hard to differentiate between the cold and an allergy. By the scientific point of view, there is a clear and strict difference. Cold, also known as Common cold, is a viral infection of the upper respiratory system. Allergy is caused by an overactive immune system. The trouble is, both of them have pretty much the same symptoms, sometimes they overlap and sometimes there is a simultaneous reaction to viral, bacterial and allergen agents. Not to mention that, quite often, everything starts as an allergic response, followed by a viral infection that gets complicated by a bacterial one.

How does diabetes affect your teeth and gums?

When you have diabetes, managing blood sugar levels and taking good care of your teeth and gums are both important. When blood sugar levels are high, there’s a greater risk for:

Gum (periodontal) disease.

Tooth decay.

Fungal infections in the mouth, like thrush.

Dry mouth, or xerostomia (say “zee-ruh-STO-mee-uh”). The mouth needs saliva to neutralize the acids in your mouth. These acids can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.

Keeping your blood sugar levels in your target range can help prevent problems with the teeth and gums. …

Vacation season is approaching — you planned everything; destination, hotel, got an airplane ticket, figured out who is going to take care of your dog while on vacation, absolutely everything is prepared and the countdown started. The thing is… You are a diabetic, and it seems that diabetes won’t let you go on vacations while it stays at home, waiting for your vacation to end. A study shows that 10% of people with diabetes had experienced problems with disease control while on vacation. It is not just a random fact that has no obvious explanation. …

Medications and Epley maneuver

Did you ever lay down in bed and looked up to the ceiling only to notice that it is spinning around you? If you did, then you experienced vertigo. Vertigo is a symptom which is usually described as the feeling like objects and persons around them move or spin while in fact they stand still.

Causes

Vertigo is a very common symptom which can occur in a lot of different diseases. The most common causes are problems with the inner ear, brain tumors or stroke, migraine, head injuries or neck injuries, medicines, etc.

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is a very…

Leonard Thompson was just an ordinary boy with type 1 diabetes. Looks like a not so spectacular random information, right? Well… Not quite. Leonard Thomson was the first human to receive a shot of insulin. On that day, on January 11th, 1922, a revolution in diabetes management begun. The first shot of insulin was a canine pancreas extract. Twelve days after the first shot, he got another one and then another one and so on… He lived for 13 more years. The extraction of insulin turned the fortunes of the war against the disease that was a death sentence, and…

My doctor told me that I am a “pre-diabetic”. What does that mean?

Pre-diabetes is a stage when your blood sugar test indicates a higher than normal level but not high enough to be labeled as diabetes. You can progress from pre-diabetes to diabetes if you fail to make changes in your diet and lifestyle.

According to the American Diabetic Association, HbA1C levels 5.7% to 6.4% or fasting blood sugar 100–125 mg/dl and oral glucose tolerance test 140 -199 mg/dl are usually indicative of pre-diabetes.

Pre-diabetes is also known as impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose.

So what are…

Whether you are diagnosed with diabetes recently or have been suffering from it for many years, one thought that can never escape your mind is what I should have for breakfast tomorrow. This is more common in the women who are themselves suffering from diabetes or have someone in the family having this disease as the responsibility of the health and fitness of every family member is on their shoulders.

If you have been spending too many minutes of your bedtime thinking what you can have or prepare for breakfast the next day; here are a few yummy, yet low-carb…

Probably everyone has heard by now of gluten and gluten-free products. But what is gluten? Gluten is a composite of proteins which can be found in all kinds of grains.

It is the most important source of proteins in grains. Besides its role in containing proteins, it has an important role in the dough elasticity as well as in dough rising. The structure of gluten is important for the type of products for which flour is used. More refined flour and gluten are easier to eat and they are usually used for pizza and similar meals. …

I was diagnosed with diabetes a few years ago. Will diabetes affect my nerves?

Yes, diabetes can affect different nerves in our body causing various symptoms. The condition is called diabetic neuropathy.

What increases the risk of my developing diabetic neuropathy?

  • If you have diabetes for more than 25 years
  • Your age: the risk increases with age
  • Blood sugar control: poorly controlled blood sugar levels increase the risk of diabetic neuropathy
  • Obesity: obese individuals with hypertension and hypercholesterolemia are also at an increased risk

How does diabetes affect my nerves?

Long duration of high blood sugar levels can lead to…

Flu or influenza is a disease caused by influenza virus. It is widely spread and almost everyone will get at least one infection within a few years. Every year, millions of people worldwide suffer from flu. In most cases it is harmless, but it can also be dangerous or even fatal. The most endangered are elderly, children and immune-compromised. (1)

If a lot of people get infected by a virus, we can talk about the epidemic. Influenza virus spreads among the population and causes infection. …

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