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How to Treat Type 2 Diabetes Effectively

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Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes. Of the more than 30 million Americans who have some form of diabetes, 90 to 95 percent have been diagnosed as type 2, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The other 5 to 10 percent being those with either type 1 or gestational diabetes.

Many are unaware of what this condition is or how one can develop it during their lifetime. If you are diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic, it means that your body is unable to properly utilize the insulin that is has produced. This is differentiated from type 1 diabetes, in which the pancreas stops producing insulin entirely.

There are several risk factors of type 2 diabetes — the most glaring being obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. Additional risks that many are unaware of include ethnic background, age and family history of diabetes.

Let’s take a closer look at how you can properly treat type 2 diabetes, and how you can avoid the ailment through simple changes in your everyday lifestyle.

Treatments for Diabetes

Insulin

Patients with type 2 diabetes may be required to take insulin regularly, or in certain situations like pregnancy or hospitalization. Although receiving insulin shots at regular intervals is more common with those who have type 1 diabetes to avoid serious complications like diabetic ketoacidosis, which stems from inadequate glucose in the blood

Lifestyle
Depending on its severity, Type 2 diabetes patients may be able to manage the condition through healthy eating and regular physical activity. These treatments also help with gestational diabetes.

Medication
Additionally, a doctor may prescribe a medication like Invokana or Jardiance — SGLT2 inhibitors that when combined with insulin treatment and/or healthy lifestyle choices, will effectively treat diabetes.

SGLT2 inhibitors are a class of prescription medicines that serve to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. It is vital that you consult with your physician about what diabetes medication is best for you. The effectiveness of the drug comes at a price, however, as the unfavorable side effects can be just as bad as the symptoms it is intended to treat.

How Can You Reduce Your Risk?

The following are preventative measures that everyone can take to limit your risk of developing diabetes at some point in your lifetime.

Weight Loss
Since carrying excess weight is a significant risk factor in the development of type 2 and gestational diabetes, losing weight can help prevent the onset of diabetes. In most cases, you may only need to lose between five and seven percent of your body’s current weight to lower your risk of Type 2 diabetes.

Physical Activity
Engaging in physical activity for at least half an hour, five days per week, will greatly reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Exercise is the best way to stay in shape and maintain a healthy well-being.

Healthy Eating
Eating foods and drinking liquids that are low in calories, fat, and sugar can help prevent Type 2 diabetes, and contributes toward maintaining a robust weight.

In honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month this November, take the time to become a more informed consumer and learn how to manage your long-term health effectively.

By taking the time to choose hearty meals while also maintaining a regular exercise regimen, we can save thousands from the lifelong ailment of type 2 diabetes.

If you have a history of diabetes in your family or fit into any of the categories for being at a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, visit your doctor and get tested —  a simple blood test can determine the odds of being diagnosed.

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Man Dies Just 48 Hours After Contracting Flesh-Eating Bacteria In Florida – Now His Daughter Wants To Warn Others

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Man Dies Just 48 Hours After Contracting Flesh-Eating Bacteria In Florida – Now His Daughter Wants To Warn Others

Dave Bennett from Tennessee has died 48 hours after contracting a flesh-eating bacteria while on a trip to Florida to visit his daughter.

Taking to Facebook to share the story, Cheryl Bennett Wiygul, explained how her dad, Dave Bennett, contracted Vibrio vulnificus which later killed him and issued a warning that she believes people should heed. In the post she wrote,

“Flesh eating bacteria sounds like an urban legend. Let me assure you that it is not. It took my Dad’s life. This is so raw and personal to me that I did not want to post about it, but if I can help one person, then it is worth it.”

Cheryl revealed that her dad had cancer and as a result, his immune system was compromised. Cheryl’s dad along with the rest of Cheryl’s family had fun and enjoyed family time out in the water near Crab Island during their visit to Florida. They had no idea of what was about to happen.

Before her family’s visit, Cheryl had heard of a 12-year-old girl who had contracted bacteria through an open wound that began to eat her flesh but didn’t think much of it.  In her post she writes.

“My parents were coming down to stay with me in Florida about a week after the post about a 12 year old girl contracting bacteria that turned into necrotizing fasciitis (flesh eating bacteria) in Destin started circling around. I didn’t want to believe that.

“My family loves being in the water. Our county, Okaloosa County, posted an article titled “Rumor Control” in response to the post which seemed to diffuse everyone’s fears. The girl had a cut on her leg so I felt like it reinforced to me not to go in with a cut. I researched a little. When my parents got in town I was fanatical about Neosporin and liquid band-aid.

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“My Dad didn’t have any open wounds. He had a couple places that were practicality healed small scratches on his arms and legs that I made sure were super sealed up. My mom religiously sun-blocked him. We were taking precautions and we were good, so I thought.”

However, Dave Bennett had unfortunately contracted a potentially deadly bacteria. Early the next morning, on a Saturday, Dave awoke with fever, chills and cramping. Soon afterwards, he developed pain in his legs and a badly swollen black spot on his back.

Dave was rushed to the hospital and put on IV antibiotics. Several spots started to appear on his skin. The next day, on a Sunday, he passed away.

“There were no bacteria warnings at any beach or park we went to,” Cheryl wrote. “They do post advisories for high bacteria but there were none. I would never have taken my Dad in the water if there was a bacteria advisory but it would have been because I didn’t want him to get a stomach virus not because I thought it would kill him.”

Vibrio bacteria live in certain coastal waters and are found in higher concentrations between May and October and is the cause of as many as 100 deaths in the U.S. each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Cheryl and her family. May God’s love and grace comfort them.

Please remember to share Cheryl’s warning about this potentially deadly bacteria, You may just save a life.

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A plant that can cause LIFETIME blindness & burns is spreading across the US

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A plant that can cause LIFETIME blindness & burns is spreading across the US

Heracleum mantegazzianum or ‘the giant hogweed’ has been described by many as a ‘horror’ plant. Hogweed has been constantly spreading and growing across the US states of Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.

Hogweed is a beautiful plant but touching it can cause lifelong consequences such as permanent scars and burns or possibly blindness if it comes in contact with your eyes.

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It grows between 8-14 feet and has lobed, dark green leaves that can hit 5 feet in diameter.

There are a number of life-threatening plants out there that irritate our skin when touched or poison us if consumed. But giant Hogweed is one of the deadliest.

The plant is known by many names such as cow parsnip, giant cow parsley, cartwheel-flower, or hogsbane.

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What makes Hogweed Dangerous?

Hogweed has a special sap that contains a chemical called Photosynthesizing furanocoumarins.

The chemical makes the plant extremely sensitive to light for growth and better health.

When you touch Hogweed, it will immediately make the area of contact extremely prone to sunburns which may lead to skin problems.

“Once you get it on you, it makes your skin unable to protect itself from the sun.”

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If by any chance the sap comes in contact with your eyes, the extreme sensitivity to light can possibly cause blindness.

What to do if the sap gets on your skin

To lessen the damage, wash the affected area with soap and water and contact your physician immediately. A doctor may prescribe medicine that will help it heal faster. Cover your skin to protect it from sunlight for the next few days.

If you spot giant hogweed in your backyard, do not try to get rid of it by yourself. Instead, contact a pro plant control specialist as soon as possible.

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7-Year-Old’s Bruises Get Worse Daily, By The Time They Realize It’s Meningitis It’s Too Late To Save Her Legs

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7-Year-Old’s Bruises Get Worse Daily, By The Time They Realize It’s Meningitis It’s Too Late To Save Her Legs

Everything was going great for Aimee and her new husband, Craig. They were loving every moment of their honeymoon which had just started, but quickly their fairy tale turned into a nightmare.

It all started when their daughter, Brogan, began to develop black and blue marks all over her body. Just 14 days after she stood beside her mom at the altar, little Brogan was left fighting for her life in a hospital bed.

Initially, everyone assumed that Brogan’s bruises were simply a consequence of a child being a child. Even the physicians at a local hospital simply brushed it off for a minor skin issue.

Just 14 days after she stood beside her mom at the altar, little Brogan was left fighting for her life in a hospital bed.

Just 14 days after she stood beside her mom at the altar, little Brogan was left fighting for her life in a hospital bed.

However, when Aimee realized that the spots had spread to the other parts of Brogan’s body, she knew it was something gravely serious.

She immediately rushed to the doctors who realized the cause rapidly this time.

The 7-year-old showed clear indications of meningitis. She was then rushed to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.

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Meningococcal meningitis is a possible life-threatening illness and seeing as Brogan’s treatment started so late, there wasn’t much that doctors could do. They were forced to amputate Brogan’s left leg in order to save her life.

“It looked nothing like a rash, it looked more like bruising – at the time I never thought it was meningitis and that’s the problem. When people are aware of what symptoms to look out for with meningitis, they say look for a rash but that’s not what it looked like to me.” Aimee explained.

After the amputation, Brogan was fitted with a prosthetic leg to help her walk.

Brogan with her parents, Craig and Aimee in the hospital

Brogan with her parents, Craig and Aimee in the hospital

Soon after, the doctors discovered that Brogan’s other leg was also badly affected and was a threat to her life. Last year, the family and the doctors agreed to have it amputated as well.

Thank God Brogan had a strong support system in her family. “Nothing can prepare you for what meningitis does to a body, let alone a little seven-year-old girl,” Lisa Reece, Brogan’s mom’s cousin said.

Blessed with a strong and fighting spirit, she has been able to overcome all challenges life threw her way.

Brogan’s mom, Aimee, says she wants to remind other parents to be on the lookout for odd changes in their children’s bodies so that they can recognize the symptoms in time and don’t have to go through what Brogan has.

Common symptoms of meningitis:

  • Sudden high fever
  • Severe headache that seems different than normal
  • Stiff neck
  • Seizures
  • Headache with nausea or vomiting
  • Confusion or difficulty concentrating
  • Sleepiness or difficulty waking
  • No appetite or thirst
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Skin rash (sometimes, such as in meningococcal meningitis)

PS: In newborns, they often show symptoms such as: High fever, Excessive sleepiness or irritability, Poor feeding, Constant crying, Inactivity or sluggishness, Stiffness in a baby’s body and neck and a bulge in the soft spot on top of a baby’s head (fontanel)

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