Diabetes and Gout

"Gout is a condition that may allow uric acid to build up in the blood. Poor blood circulation often associated with diabetes means that the body is less able to get rid of the extra uric acid. Uric acid results from the breakdown of purines in the body. Purines are naturally occurring in the body. They area also found in certain foods and alcoholic beverages such as beer, stout, and port. To reduce the amount of purines in your diet, use egg whites and non-fermented milk products (such as cottage cheese, mozzarella, and why protein) as the basis of your diet, but avoid or limit meats and seafood."

Liz Quintana, EdD, RD, LD, CDE, CPT

Diabetes and Lupus

"Because lupus tends to flare up during times of stress and because of the pain associated with flareups, blood glucose levels usually go up. Check with your doctor or diabetes educator about setting up sick day guidelines for you to follow when this happens."

— Cheryl Meyer, RN, CDE

Diabetes and Fibromyalgia

"Fibromyalgia is common among people with diabetes and its prevalence could be related to control of the disease. As with other diabetes complications, fibromyalgia might be prevented by improved control of blood glucose levels. A wide array of traditional and alternative treatments has been shown to be effective in treating this difficult syndrome. A treatment program may include a combination of medications, exercises — both strengthening an aerobic conditioning — and behavioral techniques. These therapies, along with a healthful meal plan, with also benefit blood glucose control."

Liz Quintana, EdD, RD, LD, CDE, CPT

Diabetes and Arthritis

"Some pain meds can cause blood glucose to increase. Frequent fingersticks will tell you how your body responds. Let your doctor know about any symptoms or changes in blood glucose patterns you experience."

Liz Quintana, EdD, RD, LD, CDE, CPT

Diabetes and Foot Cramps

"People with diabetes sometimes experience foot cramps due to the decreased blood flow of oxygen to the feet. There are treatments that help to minimize the physical discomforts brought on by diabetes and other health conditions and minimize the potential for experience cramping in one or both feet."

— Hina Patel, CVS pharmacist


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Last Modified Date: July 08, 2013

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by Brenda Bell
Many people say that depression is a side effect or complication of diabetes. Without discounting the association of the psychological condition with the physical one, I'm not convinced that our high and/or unstable glucose levels are directly responsible for that change in our mental state. My belief is that the unrelenting need for self-care, for following the sort of care schedules that can drive licensed, professional caregivers crazy, is what overwhelms us...
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