Insurers may deny health cover to diabetics dependent on insulin

I am 40 years old and have a health plan from my employer. I have diabetes and am planning to take a separate health insurance for myself. Will the new health plan cover diabetes? —Asif Rehman Buying an independent health insurance, despite having a group insurance cover, is a good move. Consider a sum insured equal to your annual income. Opt for a plan with high no-claim bonus. You can accrue this bonus while you are still covered under your employer’s policy. Diabetes will be considered a pre-existing illness for your new plan. For…

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Watermelon for diabetes, here’s why diabetics should stay away from this fruit

Watermelon is known to be the favourite fruit of many people, but if you are a diabetic, you are bound to ask whether it is safe for you. We don’t want our favourite fruit to end up increasing our blood sugar levels right? The watermelon belongs to the gourd family, and has good nutritional value and is a great source of lycopene, which reduces your risk of cancer and heart disease. So considering that it has a high glycemic index and is a source of carbohydrates, should it be avoided by diabetics? “Watermelon…

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Diabetics may get help in improving blood sugar levels from this telehealth program

Turns out, improving blood sugar control in type 2 diabetes patients is as easy as using a telehealth program. A study conducted in veterans found that the program for diabetes self-management not only shortens the wait to talk to a physician specialist versus an in-person visit but also results in patients with type 2 diabetes having comparable improvements in blood glucose (sugar) control to patients receiving traditional care finds. The “telediabetes” program at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Pittsburgh Healthcare System, where the study took place, merges an electronic consultation, or…

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85% Diabetics Face Amputations Due to the Lack of Proper Treatment

It is a commonly known fact that India is the diabetes capital of the world. With every passing year, more and more people are falling prey to this dangerous, life-threatening disease. Besides causing fluctuation in sugar levels, diabetes can also sprout various other health problems. One such issue is wounds. Currently 15 per cent of of India’s diabetic population suffers from ulcers in their lifetime, as reported in the national conference on diabetics, attended by over 50 eminent surgeons. The data also revealed that 85 per cent of diabetics see…

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Why Diabetics Should Munch on Almonds for the Sake of Their Heart

Diabetes is a major disease affecting the world population today. It is a condition when the blood sugar level in the body shoots up because insulin is not able to break it down into energy. What makes this disease even deadlier is that it is life-long and in the process, it makes the patients more susceptible to fall prey to other diseases – cardiovascular diseases being the perfect case in point. Now of course, we all know that prevention is better than cure, and so it is very important for…

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The Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet for Diabetics & HIV Patients

A lot has been researched and talked about the miraculous Mediterranean diet and how beneficial it can be. As the name suggests, this popular diet is typically followed in the Mediterranean countries. It is characterized by high consumption of plant-base foods, grains, vegetables, nuts and olive oil and limits the consumption of protein and unhealthy fats. This sort of a diet is known to be heart-healthy, boosts brain power and has also been linked to reduced incidence of cancer. A new study throws light on another benefit of following the Mediterranean…

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X-mas meal plan for Diabetics

Santa’s here and so is the pin to burst your diabetic balloon! Many of us who suffer from this lifelong problem go through a tough time when Christmas is around. Since this is the best time to have Christmas puddings, cakes, cookies, mulled wine and everything that should get your blood glucose level rolling, here are some ways through which our diabetic friends can enjoy as much as anyone else: Stick to timely meals There are going to be too many meals to welcome Santa. Make a timetable for today.…

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X-mas meal plan for Diabetics

Santa’s here and so is the pin to burst your diabetic balloon! Many of us who suffer from this lifelong problem go through a tough time when Christmas is around. Since this is the best time to have Christmas puddings, cakes, cookies, mulled wine and everything that should get your blood glucose level rolling, here are some ways through which our diabetic friends can enjoy as much as anyone else: Stick to timely meals There are going to be too many meals to welcome Santa. Make a timetable for today.…

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New Initiative Promises Diabetics Better Control on the Disease

Researchers from various prominent health institutions, including the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Emory University of the US, have said that a new Multi-Component Diabetes Quality Improvement (QI) initiative can help patients with diabetes double their likelihood of controlling the disease in comparison with the usual doctor care. Led by researchers at the Public Health Foundation of India, AIIMS, and Emory University (Atlanta, USA), the initiative, comprising non-physician care coordinators and decision-support electronic health records, is a result of years of trial at ten clinical centres in…

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Insulin cells under skin could save diabetics from jabs

Scientists have created artificial cells that act as sugar sensorsand insulin producers, an advance that may spell an end to painful needle jabs to monitor blood glucose levels, making the everyday life of diabetics easier. Researchers have used the simplest approach yet to produce artificial beta cells from human kidney cells. The therapy involves a capsule of genetically engineered cells implanted under the skin that automatically release insulin as required. Diabetic mice that were treated with the cells were found to have normal blood sugar levels for several weeks. Previous…

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