Diabetes mellitus is a group of diseases characterized by abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates. In general, diabetes is classified in
Type I in which there is absolute insulin deficiency due to destruction of the beta cells of the pancreas and Type II, characterized by hyperglycemia due to variable degrees of insulin deficiency and resistance. Ninety percent of all cases of diabetes are Type II, which plays a significant role.
Diabetes is quite common: 9 percent of the American population suffers from diabetes. This number is much higher in our corner of the world.
Diabetes affects the micro and the macro circulation. Damage to the micro circulation produces eye and kidney disease and neuropathy whereas damage to the macro circulation produces coronary and peripheral arterial disease.
Diabetics not only have a higher prevalence of coronary artery disease but this tends to be more extensive and associated with a higher probability of heart attacks (of which 25 percent of them will occur without pain). Diabetes doubles the mortality in men and triples it in women.
Diabetes is not only an independent risk factor for cardiovascular complications but it is also associated with other risk factors such as hypertension, obesity, lipid abnormalities and elevated fibrinogen.
Control of the blood sugar is important in Type I and II diabetes mainly because of benefits in the micro circulation; however strict glycemic control to benefit abnormalities of the macro circulation (heart attacks, amputations and peripheral artery disease) has not been documented in Type II diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association recommend the following approach to prevent complications:
>> Keep blood pressure less than120-130/80 mmHg.
>> Low carbohydrate and low fat diet, weight loss and physical exercise.
>> Statins (Crestor, Lipitor at a maximal tolerated dose) if there is a prior history of cardiovascular disease. If there is no prior history of cardiovascular diseases then statins are recommended in men with one additional risk factor and in women with two or more.
>> Keep HbA1C less than 6.5 percent.
>> Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors should be used regardless of the blood pressure.
>> Aspirin in high risk individuals (weak recommendation)
>> Smoking cessation.
>> Flu and pneumococcal vaccination.
>> Routine stress testing in asymptomatic individuals is not recommended.
HOW D’OXYVA CAN HELP?
D’OXYVA is the only fully noninvasive, completely painless transdermal (over-the-skin) microcirculatory solution that has been clinically tested to significantly improve microcirculation.
The improvement of microcirculation, i.e., blood flow to the smallest blood vessels, benefits one’s health, immune system and overall sense of well-being in a variety of ways.