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Diabetes Management

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Diabetes is a serious disease that impacts the lives of millions of Americans. Komoto Medical Pharmacy takes this disease seriously and has included some useful information, courtesy of Good Neighbor Pharmacy.


  • A high-fat diet can triple your risk for type 2 diabetes
  • The prevalence of depression in people with diabetes is 2 to 3 times higher than that of the general population.
  • If you are overweight, losing 5 to 7 percent of your body weight can dramatically lower your risk for diabetes.
  • Research links high intakes of calcium and vitamin D with a reduced risk for diabetes.
  • An estimated 23.6 million people in the U.S. - 7.8% of the population - have diabetes.


Sleeping 5 or fewer hours a nigth could raise the risk of developing diabetes, according to a study in the journal Sleep. Too little sleep may overwork the pancreas, which makes insulin.


Q: Why do I need to track my glucose level so often?

A: For people with diabetes, food, activity, and stress can cause glucose levels to change throughout the day. Watching your glucose level closely can help you avoid hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) and hyperglycemia (high blood glucose). When your glucose level is too high too often, it can lead to problems with your kidneys, heart, eyes, and nerves. Frequent checks can help prevent damage to these parts of the body.

Q: Could my child have type 2 diabetes?

A: Its not always obvious when someone has diabetes, so it's important to be aware of telltale symptoms. Talk with your child's doctor if he or she:

  • unexpectedly loses weight
  • has cuts or sores that won't heal
  • urinates more than normal or begins wetting the bed
  • is unusually thirsty
  • develops frequent infections, such as yeast infections for girls
  • has blurred vision
  • feels more tired than usual
  • gets patches of thick, dark skin under the arms or on the neck

Q: Can diabetes make it harder for my skin to heal?

A: Diabetes can affect any part of your body, including your skin. When you get a cut or scrape, germs can enter and infect the site. One of the best ways to protect your skin is by keeping your blood glucose under control. High blood glucose reduces your ability to fight off harmful bacteria.
If you get a minor cut or scrape, wash it with soap and water. After cleaning the wound, cover it with sterile gauze. Be sure to keep your skin clean and moisturized. Check often for new cuts, scrapes, or dry, cracked patches that need attention.

Still have questions? Visit www.goodneighborpharmacy.com to read the latest health news, search our online encyclopedia, and take health quizzes.

Last Updated Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 05:01 AM.

Komoto Medical Pharmacy

2110 Truxtun Ave Ste 100, Bakersfield, CA 93301
ph: 661.327.7524 | fax: 661.327.8793

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 1:00pm

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