Can you recommend a good renal/diabetic diet?
Fri, 3/15/2013 4:25 PM
A Carbohydrate Consistent diet is the best for Diabetes.
If you are on Dialysis and your labs levels are abnormal, then your Potassium, Sodium or Phosphorus may need to be restricted while your Protein needs to be increased. If you are not on Dialysis, your protein will need to be restricted with the possibility of Potassium, Sodium and Phosphorus to be restricted also--all while keeping the Carbohydrates consistent.
We recommend meeting with a dietitian to learn how to combine the Carbohydrate Consistent diet with the restricted diet that renal issues involve.
(Answer provided by Stacy Baumeister RD, LDN at Methodist University Hospital)
Registered Dietitians can provide Medical Nutrition Therapy related to blood pressure, blood sugar, preventive care, gluten free needs and some GI disorders, food allergy, decreased kidney function, weight loss/gain and more.
Most insurances cover the cost of nutrition therapy at the request of your physician. Check with your insurance company to find out if your plan covers classes, and talk to your doctor about providing a written request.
Type 2 Diabetes and Sleep Apnea
Fri, 6/15/2012 8:39 AM
The majority of patients with type 2 diabetes also have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is the most common type of sleep apnea and occurs when an airway is blocked or has narrowed during sleep. While these two conditions are irrefutably linked, it is difficult to determine which one induces the other. A better understanding of the relationship may have important health implications for patients of either condition.
The interactions between obesity, OSA and type 2 diabetes are extremely complex and involve multiple pathways. Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with alterations in glucose metabolism and therefore places patients at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Because sleep apnea increases stress on the body, blood sugar levels rise, which makes it very important for patients with type 2 diabetes to have OSA treated. Undiagnosed OSA may interfere with lifestyle treatments for diabetes.
While it is uncertain where the relationship originates and which condition induces the other, acknowledging the link between type 2 diabetes and OSA enables health professionals to better inform and treat patients.
If you suffer from type 2 diabetes and have trouble sleeping, consult your physician or contact the Methodist Sleep Disorders Center directly by calling 901-683-0044 to determine you best treatment option.
This information is provided by Methodist Healthcare and is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or health care provider. Please consult your health care provider for advice about a specific medical condition.
Diabetes Foot Care
Wed, 12/08/2010 3:17 PM
When you have diabetes, proper foot care is very important. Poor foot care with diabetes can lead to serious health problems, including possibly having to remove the foot or leg (amputation).It's important to understand the connection between diabetes and foot care. As a person with diabetes, you are more vulnerable to foot problems because diabetes can damage your nerves and reduce blood flow to your feet. By taking proper care of your feet, most serious health problems associated with diabetes can be prevented.
Your health care provider should examine your feet at each visit. In addition, see your health care provider if you have any of the following problems with your feet:
Use this simple test to see if your shoes fit correctly:
The best way to manage your diabetic feet are to keep your blood sugars monitored and your blood sugars under control. When your blood sugar is out of control you are at risk of developing diabetic ulcers and skin problems. Make sure you take care of your feet. Proper foot care is very important. Just remember that more than 60% of nontraumatic lower leg amputations occur in people with diabetes. Many times if care was taken with the proper foot care, the amputation may have been prevented.
Dawn Caldwell is a Physical Therapist in Memphis, Tennessee with Methodist Healthcare. All opinions expressed here are those of their authors and not of their employer. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. Call 888.777.5959 for more information.
Heart Disease Prevention
Fri, 11/05/2010 10:24 AM
Weight gain and and an inactive lifestyle can influence heart diseases. These also increase the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and increased blood cholesterol levels, which increases the risk of heart disease. Knowing how to maintain or lose weight and also to maintain cardiac (heart) fitness is important.
Tips on Calories:
Tips on Physical Activity:
Dr. Santhosh K.G. Koshy, DM, FACC, FSCAI is the Director of Interventional Cardiology and Director of UT services at Methodist Healthcare and the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, Tenn. All opinions expressed here are those of their authors and not of their employer. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. Call 888.777.5959 for more information.
10 Steps to Better Sleep
Tue, 11/02/2010 10:25 AM
In today’s busy, 24/7 society, many of us fail to allocate sufficient time or attention to our sleep. Healthy sleep is a fundamental aspect of our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. When sleep problems occur, the impact on our quality of life is significant and we may experience problems with alertness, productivity, safety, mood regulation, and physical health.
The following Ten Steps to Better Sleep provide a good place to begin assessing sleep health:
Merrill S. Wise, M.D. is a neurologist and Board-certified sleep medicine specialist affiliated with the Methodist Healthcare Sleep Disorders Center. All opinions expressed here are those of their authors and not of their employer. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. Please call the Sleep Disorders Center for more information at 901.683.0044.
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