Saturday, December 8, 2012

Can diabetes cause vertigo?

Pagkatapos ng  halos ikalawang linggo mula sa naging atake ng diabetes ,isang  umaga  bigla akong nahilo at nagsusuka Dahil dito nag patingin ako ng "glucose reading" at ito 93.  Pagkatingin sa glucose reading nagpahinga lang ako  hanggang sa  nag kunsulta ako sa duktor. Ang sabi ng duktor normal naman daw ang "glucose" reading at ang pagkahilo ay hindi  bunga ng mababang "glucose reading" , sa tingin ng duktor iba ang pinanggalingan ng pagkahilo at pagsusuka , the doctors says i have "vertigo". Parang di ko tanggap na "vertigo" nga ang  nangyari sa akin bagamat mayroon nga akong mga episodes ng "vertigo" sa mga nakaraang taon at buwan. Bagamat alam kung iyon ay pagkahilo at naging katanungan "can diabetes cause vertigo?"

Sa aking pag tingin , isang araw bago ako nahilo tumulong ako sa aking anak sa pag luluto sa kanyang tindahan sa umaga at  sa hapon naman ay  nag asikaso din ako sa  birthday party ng aking kapatid. Sa dalawang aktibidad na ito  palagay ko ay napagod ako , isang dahilan kung bakit  bumababa ang aking "glucose reading" at posible ding ito ang nag dulot ng hilo at pagsusuka..

Paglilinaw naman tungkol sa "vertigo" mula sa aking mentor;

Vertigo /ˈvɜː(ɹ)tɨɡoʊ/ (from the Latin vertō "a whirling or spinning movement"[1]) is a subtype of dizziness, where there is a feeling of motion when one is stationary.[2] The symptoms are due to an asymmetric dysfunction of the vestibular system in the inner ear.[2] It is often associated with nausea and vomiting as well as a balance disorder, causing difficulties standing or walking. There are three types of vertigo: (1) Objective[3]− the patient has the sensation that objects in the environment are moving; (2) Subjective[3]− patient feels as if he or she is moving; (3)Pseudovertigo[4]− intensive sensation of rotation inside the patient's head. While appearing in textbooks, this classification has little to do with pathophysiology or treatment.

Dizziness and vertigo rank among the most common complaints in medicine, affecting approximately 20%-30% of the general population.[5] Vertigo may be present in patients of all ages. However, it is rarely a primary concern amongst children, and becomes more prevalent with increasing age.[5] The most common causes are benign paroxysmal positional vertigoconcussion and vestibular migraine while less common causes include Ménière's disease and vestibular neuritis.[2] Excessive consumption of ethanol (alcoholic beverages) can also cause notorious symptoms of vertigo. (For more information see Short term effects of alcohol). Repetitive spinning, as in familiar childhood games, can induce short-lived vertigo by disrupting the inertia of the fluid in the vestibular system.

Balance problems and a constant feeling that you are spinning make it necessary to find treatment. One form of the condition, positional vertigo, is the most commonly treated.

Read more: What Are the Treatments for Positional Vertigo? |

Positional vertigo, which is often called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or BPPV, creates dizziness for sufferers because of the debris that collects in the inner ear. The debris, called otoconia, are hardened crystals of calcium carbonate that come from the area of the ear canal called the utricle. Damage to the utricle in the form of a head injury, infection or other ear disorder can cause the debris to reach parts of the inner ear that are highly sensitive.

Read more: What Are the Treatments for Positional Vertigo? |

Sa mga nakaraan nagpatingin na ako sa duktor na EENT ( Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat ) doctor at sinabi naman wala akong diperensiya sa tenga kaya't  iisa lang ang sa palagay kung pinanggagalingan ng "dizziness" o vertigo man ito, ito ay ang " diabetes"

Saturday, December 1, 2012

What is diabetes

What is diabetes?   

Diabetes mellitus, or simply diabetes, is a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar, either because the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or because cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced.[2] This high blood sugar produces the classical symptoms of polyuria (frequent urination), polydipsia (increased thirst) and polyphagia (increased hunger).

Three Types of Diabetes 

1. Type 1 DM results from the body's failure to produce insulin, and presently requires the person to inject insulin or wear an insulin pump. This form was previously referred to as "insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus" (IDDM) or "juvenile diabetes". 

2.  Type 2 DM results from insulin resistance, a condition in which cells fail to use insulin properly, sometimes combined with an absolute insulin deficiency. This form was previously referred to as non insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) or "adult-onset diabetes". 

3. The third main form, gestational diabetes occurs when pregnant women without a previous diagnosis of diabetes develop a high blood glucose level. It may precede development of type 2 DM.

Other forms of diabetes mellitus include congenital diabetes, which is due to genetic defects of insulin secretion, cystic fibrosis-related diabetes, steroid diabetes induced by high doses of glucocorticoids, and several forms of monogenic diabetes.

Complications of diabetes mellitus;

All forms of diabetes increase the risk of long-term complications. These typically develop after many years (10–20), but may be the first symptom in those who have otherwise not received a diagnosis before that time. The major long-term complications relate to damage to blood vessels. Diabetes doubles the risk of cardiovascular disease.[13] The main "macrovascular" diseases (related to atherosclerosis of larger arteries) are ischemic heart disease (angina and myocardial infarction), stroke and peripheral vascular disease.

Diabetes also damages the capillaries (causes microangiopathy).[14] Diabetic retinopathy, which affects blood vessel formation in the retina of the eye, can lead to visual symptoms, reduced vision, and potentially blindness. Diabetic nephropathy, the impact of diabetes on the kidneys, can lead to scarring changes in the kidney tissue, loss of small or progressively larger amounts of protein in the urine, and eventually chronic kidney disease requiring dialysis. Diabetic neuropathy is the impact of diabetes on the nervous system, most commonly causing numbness, tingling and pain in the feet and also increasing the risk of skin damage due to altered sensation. Together with vascular disease in the legs, neuropathy contributes to the risk of diabetes-related foot problems (such as diabetic foot ulcers) that can be difficult to treat and occasionally require amputation.

Main article: Diabetes management

Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease which cannot be cured except in very specific situations. Management concentrates on keeping blood sugar levels as close to normal ("euglycemia") as possible, without causing hypoglycemia. This can usually be accomplished with diet, exercise, and use of appropriate medications (insulin in the case of type 1 diabetes, oral medications, as well as possibly insulin, in type 2 diabetes).

Patient education, understanding, and participation is vital, since the complications of diabetes are far less common and less severe in people who have well-managed blood sugar levels.[25][26] The goal of treatment is an HbA1C level of 6.5%, but should not be lower than that, and may be set higher.[27] Attention is also paid to other health problems that may accelerate the deleterious effects of diabetes. These include smoking, elevated cholesterol levels, obesity, high blood pressure, and lack of regular exercise.[27]


1. metabolism  - In humans, metabolism is related to the intake and use of food; persons with a high metabolism can eat more without gaining weight.

2. polyuria - frequent urination 

3. polydipsia - increased thirst

4. polyphagia -increased hunger

5. insulin  - a hormone produced in the pancreas by the islets of Langerhans that regulates the amount of glucose in the blood. The lack of insulin.. An animal-derived or synthetic form of this substance used to treat diabetes.

The article above was search from wikipedia and descibes  in general about diabetes, 
 the type of diabetes, its complication and  the management of diabetes. Diabetes as stated cannot be cured meaning bringing back ones metabolism to the normal state not needing medication  or insulin cannot be done so a patient is  dependent for life with medication and or insulin. 

What is lacking here in the article is how diabetes originated or how people acquire diabetes?
Does it really have no cure and  patient is dependent with medication , drugs or insulin? what does the other camp says about diabetes. We mean the oriental outlook on how we get sick and  the natural way to cure our sickness, in particular diabetes.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Now I know I am diabetic

Mahirap para sa akin ang malayo sa piling ng aking asawa,,7 taon na siyang nasa canada ,,ganoon pa man malaking tulong ang modern technology para maibsan ang lungkot ang hirap. Araw-araw kaming may komunikasyon sa pamamagitan ng video chat ,message sa facebook ,text sa chicca,. Pinakamahalagang gamit sa amin ang "computer" ito  ang aming "bahay. 

Nagkukuwentuhan ,balitaan at madalas siya ang aking adviser at taga research sa internet ,pag may mga bagay akong di naintindihan lalo kapag masama  ang aking pakiramdam. Ang impormasyong kanyang binabahagi ay nagpapaunawa sa akin upang  malaman kung ano ang aking nararamdaman . Kung may sakit naman ako binabahagi niya ang mga posibilidad ng pinanggalingan ng sakit , ano ang dapat na remedyo at  dapat na kainin at gawin at ano parte ng katawan ko ang apektado. Sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay nya ng mga kaalaman tungkol s pangkalusugan ,,nauunawaan ko ang mga nararamdaman ko .

 Mula 2010 dinanas  ko ang paulit-ulit na pananakit ng  ulo,pagkahilo,pagsusuka,at pagsakit ng kalamnan ,lalo na ang binti at mga paa . Noong  2011 sabi ng doktor ko ,tumataas daw ang blood sugar ko ,kaya nagmantine ako ng 6 ng buwan pag inon ng "metformin" isang beses kada araw.  Pagbalik ko sa duktor at  muli akong nagpablood test ,bumababa naman  ang blood sugar ko ito ay nuong february 2012,,ayon sa doktor ko ,,di na kailangan magmantine pa ako ng metformin ,,at ang pagkaunawa ko , wala ng problema ang pagtaas ng bood sugar ko.

  Ngunit nitong Octubre 2012,,matinding atake ang naramdaman ko ,at kinailangan pa na maconfined ako,dahil sa matinding pananakit ng ulo ko ,binti at paa,pagsusuka at pagkahilo ,,at wala na akong ganang kumain at halos di n akong makatagal ng di nakahiga dahil s panghihina ng katawan ,at kung di siguro ako nagpadala sa doktor ,baka di ko na nakayanan ang nararamdaman ko.  at l sa blood test at pagsubaybay ng doktor sa akin ,na diagnosed,,na talagang diabetic na pala  ko.  Naisip ko rin sa aking pagsusuri na nakuha ko ang pagtaas ng sugar ko  sa pagkain ko ,  sa pagkakaroon ng  tensyon,, mga problema at pagkalungkot na nakakapagdagdag ng sakit na diabetis

Wala sa mga magulang ko at mga kapatid ang may diabetis ,,pero sa sarili kong pagsusuri ,ang mga pagkain na nagusutuhan ko ay pawang matatamis,kagaya ng mga prutas na manggang hinog,atis,chico,rambutan ,papaya,pakwan at mga inumin tsokolate cacao,at sa bawat lutuin ko kagaya ng menudo ,kaldereta,mechado ,naglalagay ako ng 2 kutsarang asukal.,at sa adobo.  at di rin ako mahilig mag excercise at di naman ako palalabas ng bahay ,palengke ang madalas kong napupuntahan .

 Karamihan ng duktor ay hindi ipinaliliwanag ang tungkol sa sakit mo,  hindi mo malalaman kung ano ang nangyayari sa katawan mo . Halimbawa sa diabetes  basta sinasabi lang na mataas ang sugar mo, ito ang kailangan mong gamot , ilang beses ang inom, ano ang dapat kainin. at kailan ang balik mo. Ang gamot na binibigay bilang rekomendadong remedyon sa sakit ay parang eksperimento din, dahil kapag hindi umubra o may ibang epekto , papalitan lang ng panibagong gamot , parang ibig sabihin ay mali yong unang gamot,  di pala sigurado.

Ibat iba ang mga duktor at iba iba ang binibigay na gamot dahil iba ibang ahente ang kausap ng mga duktor na gustong ma -promote ang kanilang brand ng gamot. Iba iba din ang pag tingin  ng mga duktor sa kanilang pag susuri. Katulad ng isang duktor surgeon  na aking pinuntahan na rekomendado ng aking kamag anak. Nangyari ito dahil sa may naramdaman din akong bukol sa aking suso , ito ay naalis naman at  nakitang benign ang cyst na nakita. Sa kanya ko nalaman na sabi niya  wala akong diabetes, kakailanganin lang daw na patuloy akong nag eehersisyo. 

Ang sinabi ng surgeon na ito ay nagpaniwala sa akin na wala nga akong diabetes kung kaya't balik ako sa normal na mga pagkain na gustong gusto ko. Ngunit  mali din ang nasabing ito at nagpaniwala sa akin dahil sa nasabi ko na sa itaas nuong Agosto 2012 , naramdaman ko ang dating sintomas na sinasabing sintomas na "diabetec" ang isang tao,  ito ang madalas na pagihi,  pagkauhaw at pagsama ng pakiramdam.  Ang paniniwalang dala ng binanggit ng surgeon na wala naman akong diabetes ang  nagbigay ng lakas ng loob na kumain ako ng mga bawal sa isang "diabetec" nang magkakasunod sunod ang mga okasyon . Sarap na sarap ako sa  inihaw na baboy, kaldereta, kare- kare mga pagkaing may taba.  Di ba masarap din ang spaghetti, cake, ice cream at mga pagkaing matatamis kagaya ng pinya, papaya,  at manggang hinog

Ang mga pagkaing bawal sa diabetec ang nagtulak para lalo tumaas ang blood sugar ko na inakala ko ay trangkaso lang . Wala sa  paniniwala ko na inaatake na pala ako ng diabetes, nag patingin pa ako sa duktor at binigyan lang ako ng paracetamol para sa Urinary Tract Infection.

Sa ikatlong araw ,tumitindi pa ang nararamdaman kong sama ng katawan ,,halos di ko ng nakakayanan kumilos pa at lagi na akong nakahiga at masakit na masakit ang ulo ko at sakit ng binti at paa,,at di na ako nakakakain kaya lalo akong naghihina ,,kaya napilitan na akong magpadala ulit sa doktor at kailangan obserbahan ako. Nilagyan na ako ng dextrose at ginawa ang  blood test ng lipid profille at fbs ,at ginamitan ako ng glucose meter 172 ang naging result ng glocuse ko at ang taas ng fbs ko at cholesterol. 

Dalawang linggo akong nagkasakit ,,di nawawala ang sakit ng ulo ,panghihina at pagkahilo ,sakit ng binti at paa. pasalamat naman ako at wala ang dating doktor ko ,,kaya ibang doktor ang napuntahan ko ,at mas naging malinaw sa akin ,na diabetic na talaga ako at pinaliwanag ano ang dapat gawin at di dapat kainin ,at pinaiinom ako ng 2 beses ng metformin kada araw at simvastatin ng 2 linggo ,,halos yun 2 linggo na yun nanatili akong mahina ang nag ingat na ako sa mga kinakain ko.. after 2 weeks ,,blood test na naman ako ng lipid profile at fbs ,at naging maganda naman ang result ,,isang beses na lang inom ko ng 

metformin 500 kada araw ,pero nilinaw sa akin ng bagong doktor ko na ,diabetic na ako ,,at pinagiingat na sa pagkain ko .aral sa akin ,,na dapat matanong ka sa doktor ,kung di sya mahilig magpaliwanag ,napakatagal na panahon na di ko seryoso ang pagsama ng pakiramdaman ,,na sintomas na pala na diabetic na ako,  mas nauunawaan ko ngayon na diabetic na ako ,dahil sa naging karanasan ko at sa pagpapaliwangan ng bago kong doktor at sa tulong na rin ng akin asawa ,na kahit malayo ,patuloy syang nagrersearch ukol sa sakit na diabetis na binabahagi nya sa akin ,,ang asawa ko pa rin ang nurse ko ,,patuloy pa rin syang nangangalaga sa kalusugan ko ,,kahit magkalayo kami. Now I know I am diabetec . 

Sana ay may  matutunan ang ibang makababasa nito,  ang pagiging diabetec sa paningin ng aking asawa  ay bunga ng di normal na trabaho ng " pancreas" at iba pang organ ng katawan  na di nagbibigay ng normal na insulin sa katawan. kaya  itong sakit na ito ay  bahagi na ng buhay isang hamon paano mamentina ang kalusugan.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Distant caregiving for my significant other

Maybe you  know and I am saying now that I am in  Canada and my significant other is in the Philippines. The only way we can communicate is through  the internet. We chat,  we video chat and sometimes send messages and emails.

Part of the whole process of almost daily communication between me and my significant other  is knowing each others physical condition. And  its always my wife who is always " masama ang katawan", masakit ang ulo, sinisipon. parang may trankaso, nahihilo, nagsusuka at ibapa.

This is not happening everyday but in the whole span of our distant  relationship there are days in a month, sometimes for a period of a few months she is not feeling well or sick. . As i am writing this article,  we had been  living on a two different world  and miles away kind of  relationship for almost 7 years. Its only through the modern technology  I can show my support and  a "distant caregiving for my significant other " This is the only way  we kept the feelings we have for each other.and have remained status quo for a long time.  Hopefully with the coming year 2013 we will be together  here in Canada for good.

Goiin back to "how i took care of my significant others health". As i have said  when she is sick, she tells me what she feels. Like  being a doctor or more appropriately as a caregiver i look for the signs or symptoms of her illness and recommend to her what she should take, not medicine but what food to eat. And if she could not take the pain anymore  she visits her doctor.

Whenever there are illnesses that kepts on bugging her  that  i dont understand   i do the research for the particular illnesses and what remedies to take. My research is for her to understand why, how and where the illness is coming and the natural remedies and food to take.

Within year 2010 up to now i kept records of the dates,  the illnesses and the remedies she took when she is sick. This  November 2012 all the " feelings of not well,  head aches, dizziness and vomiting. had all been a symptom which had been diagnosed  sometime in 2011 that she might be a " diabetic". But that supposedly had been overlooked that leads her to be confined for a serious general weakness of her whole body. Luckily her decision to be confined is a right decision that save her and gradually now she had recovered.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

A need for search for health

I  found it very easy to help my wife who is thousand miles away  from me using google search for her problems on health. When i don't know what she is suffering i usually consult and search for her problems.  For the last four years i had search for many topics on health issues, such as vertigo,  menopause, stomach problems, eye problems ,  healthy foods and so many. which i had organized until now.

When i found some  topics that elaborates on a certain inquiries i bookmark the site and sent it to her. So both of us read the information and we discuss her problems relating the information gathered.  But reading the information is usually not enough, it usually her consultation with the doctor does the final answer on what's her health problem and the remedies needed.

Gathering informations and studying it in relation to her problems makes her more secure and understands about what's happening on her body.  Though its written in English , there are translations which can be used to fully understand  the content of a certain topic.  There are also Filipino articles on health which she found it more easy to understand. So with this blog i would also be using the Filipino language to facilitate  easy understanding.

Having this experienced for the last four years gives me the idea of  posting articles about health. I know there is a " need for search for health" blog.  Search for health should cater to a persons particular need. There are a lot of  information online and searching for a particular problem takes a lot of time.  With the "search for health" blog site, it could relate to the persons or people suffering or having problems on a particular personal issue.

To the readers i also invite them to send their inquiries about  a particular issue on health and we could help each other tackle the particular issue. Readers could also share their experience about problems they suffered and the approached remedies.  Let's be interactive and hope for the better health for everyone and the world.