Nutritional Supplements and Herbal Remedies

By admin - Last updated: Wednesday, October 28, 2009

There are so many companies that offer herbal remedies and nutritional supplements that claim to help Diabetics both to maintain healthy blood sugae levels as well as to help prevent vision problems.

To help we have compiled a list of products offered by reputable companies:

Blood Sugar Regulating Products

Triple Complex Diabetonic:

This product has a $25.95 price tag.

Advanced Formula Gymnema Sylvestre:

Gymnema is also known as the “Sugar Destroyer”& has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for over 1,500 years to help maintain normal and healthy blood sugar levels.

Research has also shown that Gymnema (Gymnema sylvestre) has a beneficial effect on Beta cells in the pancreas and delays glucose absorption in the intestine.

This product has a very reasonable price tag at $14.95.

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How Can I Prevent Blindness from My Diabetes?

By admin - Last updated: Saturday, October 3, 2009

A very common concern among diabetics is “How can I prevent blindness as a result of my diabetes?

And the answer should be the same almost anywhere you look.

It’s a simple answer though though attaining it is very difficult for many.

The answer is the best way to preventing blindness as a result of diabetes is to control your blood sugar levels.

In various articles on this site we have addressed the symptoms and the basic causes of retinopathy and macular degeneration as well as preventative measures but the following series of articles will examine in more detail things that can help manage diabetes and talk about methods of blood sugar control.

The 3 major things are:

1. Regular checkups with your physician and following sound medical advice

2. A Healthy Diet

3. Regular Excercize

We will also talk about some products that when used in conjunction with the above may be useful to safeguard your vision.

For part 1 of this series we will cover the regular checkups.

Why are regular checkups necessary in order to maintain proper health?

If nothing else checkups allow you to see, if nothing else (usually much more), whether the current steps that you are taking are working.

Let’s use the analogy of a business here.

Any business that is successful and wants to remain successful needs to know what is going on within that business and the only way to really measure the health of a business is to watch the lifeblood of that business also known as money.

If a business owner stops paying attention to or ignores what’s going on with the money ina business the business will start having problems.

The same is true with our health. This is especially the case for diabetics (or others with serious health conditions).

We need to know what’s going on with our bodies or else just like a business that fails because finances are ignored so too our health will fail if ignored.

For diabetics a primary way we can measure our success in regards to maintaining our physical health is to keep track of our blood sugar levels.

To do that we need to at the very least:

1. Have a blood sugar monitor and check our blood sugar levels regularly (as indicated by a physician) and

2. Get a Hemoglobin A1C panel done from time to time as recommended by a physician.

With this information a diabetic can make adjustments and decisions about his / her diet in order to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and therefore protect their overall health including healthy vision.

For those who wish to use alternative methods of treating their diabetes this is especially true as a physician can act as an accountant does in a business scenario and give you good advice as well as paint you a good picture of whether your efforts are working, after you can choose the next course of action to take.

The next article will consider why a healthy diet is important and some things that make a diet healthy specifically when it comes to preventing blindness in diabetic individuals.

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Video – Vitrectomy Surgery Experience – Shows Gas Bubble

By admin - Last updated: Monday, September 7, 2009

This video is a super short video from a woman showing the remnant of her experience post surgery. She is She moves her head around so that you can see the remnants of a gas bubble after abouit 15 days. Size was significantly smaller than when the surgery was first done.

Interesting little clip showing what you might expect as far as progressive reduction of the gas bubble.

Filed in Retinopathy, Videos

Video – Vitrectomy Surgery Basic Explanation

By admin - Last updated: Monday, August 24, 2009

This short video is a very brief and simple explanation of what to expect if you need to have vitrectomy surgery due to diabetic retinopathy.

Please feel free to leave comments about what questions you still have after considering our website and information.

While you should always consult your physician before taking any medical action we are glad to provide the resources you need to be an informed patient.

Filed in Retinopathy, Treatment, Videos

Diabetic Retinoapthy Treatment Laser Surgery

By admin - Last updated: Monday, August 24, 2009

For patients who are have advanced retinopathy but who do not need to have a vitrectomy laser treatment is the surgery that is usually recommended.

There are 2 types or methods of laser surgery.

  1. Focal Laser Treatment
  2. Scatter Laser Treatment

Focal laser treatment (photocoagulation) is an out patient procedure that will usually be performed right in your doctor’s office and usually takes a very short amount of time.  Only one session is needed for focal laser treatment and this method has been around used successfully  for many years.

The aim is to stop leakage of blood and other fluids into the eye and the method this treatment uses is to cauterize leaks in the vessels sealing them closed.

Spots from the cauterization can affect vision for some time after the procedure but these usually fade in time.

Scatter laser treatment (panretinal photocoagulation) is used in more serious and advanced cases. It uses the same technology as focal laser treatments but the aim is to get stop and reverse the growth of any new blood vessels that have developed due to the effects of diabetic retinopathy. It accomplishes this by burning the effected areas way from the macula so that they shrink.

By shrinking the abnormal blood vessels retinal detachment is avoided and vision can be saved. Night vision and peripheral (side) vision can be reduced by this procedure.

Usually if you need to have scatter laser treatments multiple sessions will be involved (commonly 2 – 4 sessions).

With all outpatient procedures involving dilation of the eyes and especially laser and vitrectomy surgeries the patient should make sure they have someone who will drive them to and from the procedure as vision will be too poor to drive.

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Video – A Mom Almost Loses Her Vision

By admin - Last updated: Monday, August 24, 2009

Diabetic retinopathy usually affects diabetics from age 20 and up but don’t wait to get tested because the symptoms may not manifest themselves until it’s too late.

Retinopathy can be causing damage for may years before the symptoms are noticed as can be seen through the experience of a pregnant mom in the following video.

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Vitrectomy Surgery for Diabetic Retinpathy

By admin - Last updated: Monday, August 24, 2009

Vitrectomy surgery is one of 2 main medical treatments for Diabetic Retinopathy.

The other alternative (preferable to most people) is laser surgery.

Vitrectomy surgery usually takes about 2 – 3 hours to perform and while it usually takes place on an out patient basis your physician may determine that the procedure take place on an inpatient basis usually with only an overnight or 24 hour stay.

Your doctor will also usually determine whether the operation can be done using only a local anesthetic or whether general anesthesia will be required. In some cases he/she may leave the decision to the patient.

The actual procedure involves removing the vitreous gel from the eye in order to perform repairs to the retina including repairing tears and holes to both the macula and the retina, flattening areas of the retina that have pulled away from the retinal wall, and removing abnormal tissues, both fibrous and scar, from the retinal wall.

In this procedure small cuts are made to the eye in order to get to the affected areas and many times a laser is used to remove the abnormal tissues and stop the growth of abnormal veins.

After the necessary repairs are made the vitreous gel may be replaced with a gas bubble which will eventually dissolve on it’s own and be replaced by the body’s own fluids.

If the body does not replace it a silicone oil is used. However this replacement is temporary and if used it is necessary to have a follow up operation in order to remove it.

After the operation, in order to facilitate proper healing, most people need to reduce their activity for a short time (usually a few days) and the physician will make specific recommendations.

Improved vision will normally take place within a few weeks but can take several months. Blurred vision is nomal and most patients that undergo this procedure recover enough to resume their regular work and activities / lifestyle within about 4 weeks of receiving the operation.

For a short video of a woman that underwent the operation click here.

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Diabetic Retinopathy – Basic Understanding – Video

By admin - Last updated: Monday, August 24, 2009

The following video explains simply and clearly what diabetic retinopathy does, some of the symptoms, and provides nice illustrations to better understand what is happening in your eyes if they are affected by diabetic retinopathy.

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US NEI Study on Omega-3 Fatty Acids & Their Relation to Diabetic Retinopathy

By admin - Last updated: Thursday, August 20, 2009

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