Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a metabolic disease which makes it challenging for the affected individuals to convert food to energy.
This leads to them having higher than normal levels of blood glucose with very little energy to go about their tasks.
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus was common about couple of decades ago among the middle aged and the affluent; however with globalization and the changing lifestyles the disease is now very common in developing countries. India and China together hold the largest number of diabetics with India being known as the Diabetes Capital of the World.
6 million people in the USA have type 2 diabetes. India has a whopping 30 million and more people who are diabetics. According to a WHO estimate released in 1998, India will have the maximum number of diabetics in the world by 2025.
Normally, after a meal, the food consumed is broken down into glucose - which is a variety of carbohydrate referred popularly as ‘sugar’. Glucose is normally transported to different cells of the body to be converted into energy that is required for the cells to perform their functions. This conversion is carried out with the help of insulin, a hormone secreted by the pancreas.
Type 2 diabetes is brought about when the cells in the muscles, liver, and fat tissues fail to utilize insulin effectively. These result in a rise in the blood glucose levels with the cells remaining deprived of energy.
Increased levels of blood glucose eventually damage the nerves and blood vessels leading to severe health complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, infections in the gum, and also eye problems leading to blindness.
It is reported that nearly 8 percent of the adults in the USA have type 2 diabetes. Sadly, a good number of them are unaware of it, as they may not have any signs or symptoms.
Type 2 diabetes may occur in pregnant women and it is then called gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). In many of them the disease may clear after delivery. However, these women with previous gestational diabetes (p GDM), are at a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later on in their life so much so that GDM is considered an early stage of the disease. It is also known to be an indicator of an increased risk for cardiovascular diseases.
In these modern times it is not uncommon to find children with Type 2 DM, whereas a few years ago only type 1 diabetes occurred in children. Childhood obesity, which is quite rampant among the affluent population, causes insulin resistance which in turn leads to full blown Type 2 DM. The disease causes several complications in children including cardiovascular disease, stroke, Myocardial Infarction (MI) and even sudden death. Renal complications and neuropathy is also common.
‘Pre-diabetes’ is a condition when the blood glucose level in an individual is greater than normal but lower than the usual diabetes values. This pre diabetic state predisposes an individual to diabetes and heart diseases. So once a person has been declared ‘pre- diabetic’ it is important for him to establish a sensible lifestyle, comprising of healthy diet and moderate exercises, in order to prevent the onset of the disease.
What is New in Type 2 Diabetes?
1. Age Old Arthritis Drug may Lower Sugar Levels in Type 2 Diabetic patientsLeflunomide, an arthritis drug may help lower blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes, finds a new study. It is currently used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. In this study, Prof Xuilong Xu and colleagues, at the Institute of Comparative Medicine at Yangzhou University, investigated the effects of leflunomide treatment on blood sugar levels of two different type 2 diabetes mouse models. In both models, leflunomide not only normalized blood glucose levels, but also caused cells to start responding to insulin again.Read More..
2. Diabetes Induced Nerve Damage can be Detected Early in the EyeUsing a special microscope, the corneal examination can help detect nerve damage early in type 2 diabetes patients."Although there is currently no cure, it's always an advantage to detect changes in the nerves early. Therefore, it's valuable to find a fast and safe diagnostic method," says Professor Olov Rolandsson, at the Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Family Medicine, at Umea University, who was responsible for the study.Read More..
3. Warm Baths may Have Benefits Similar to Exhaustive JogsHot water baths may have benefits similar to normal exercising say jogs, finds a new study. These hour-long baths can also help prevent type 2 diabetes. Although cycling burnt more calories than the bath, The bath surprisingly burnt calories equivalent of a 30-minute walk.Dr. Faulkner said: "The overall blood sugar response to both conditions was similar, but peak blood sugar after eating was about 10% lower when participants took a hot bath compared with when they exercised.Read More..
4. Exact Cause of Type 2 Diabetes IdentifiedInsulin resistance and elevated blood glucose levels were found to be not the cause of type 2 diabetes. But, the high levels of the metabolite MG (methylglyoxal) is the exact of the disease. The elevated levels of the metabolite MG (methylglyoxal) is not the consequence but rather the cause of type 2 diabetes.Read More..
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Latest Publications and Research on Type 2 DiabetesAdiponectin-11377CG Gene Polymorphism and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in the Chinese Population: A Meta-Analysis of 6425 Subjects. - Published by PubMed
Reduction of the Cholesterol Sensor SCAP in the Brains of Mice Causes Impaired Synaptic Transmission and Altered Cognitive Function. - Published by PubMed
Validation of a Novel Method for Determining the Renal Threshold for Glucose Excretion in Untreated and Canagliflozin-treated Subjects With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. - Published by PubMed
A diabetes peer support intervention that improved glycemic control: mediators and moderators of intervention effectiveness. - Published by PubMed
The Role of TGF-ß in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. - Published by PubMed