Tuesday, December 12, 2017
How diabetes in pregnancy affects baby's heart.Researchers have discovered how high glucose levels -- whether caused by diabetes or other factors -- keep heart cells from maturing normally. Their findings help explain why babies born to women with diabetes are more likely to develop congenital heart disease. Researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have discovered how high glucose levels -- whether caused by diabetes or other factors -- keep heart cells from maturing normally. When developing heart cells are exposed to high levels of glucose, the researchers found, the cells generate more building blocks of DNA than usual, which leads the cells to continue reproducing rather than mature.
Monday, May 18, 2015
Diabetic alert dogs are of immense benefit in type 1 diabetes patients where fluctuation of glucose are monitored regularly.The type 1 diabetes is autoimmune,where the body cells of the patient destroy the cells that produce insulin hence high levels of glucose are in the blood stream which will damage organs in the body if not normalized. The type 1 diabetic patients are constantly monitoring the blood glucose using glucose meter and other gadgets to detect these blood changes, now a days diabetic alert dogs are used because they can pick up these changes before the meter. The dogs are trained to detect scent changes in the body of patients,the dogs can pick up scents such as fruity gum in cases of hyperglycemia and scents of nail polish removal in cases of hypoglycemia. Fluctuations in blood glucose could be fatal if immediate remedy is not instituted. This is why the companionship with diabetic alert dogs is a life saving association. These dogs are efficient because they are properly trained and highly effective.