<p><strong>What Is Pancreatitis?</strong></p>
<p>Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas, an organ that produces digestive enzymes and hormones (insulin and glucagon). Acute attacks of pancreatitis usually subside within several days to a week but carry the risk of life-threatening complications, including shock and infection in a collection of fluid near the pancreas (pseudocyst). Chronic pancreatitis involving permanent damage to the pancreas may follow recurrent attacks of acute pancreatitis or be due to persistent smoldering inflammation. Possible long-term complications include inadequate absorption of nutrients and diabetes mellitus.</p>
<p><strong>Who Gets Pancreatitis? </strong></p>
<p>Pancreatitis occurs more often in adults who have a history of alcohol abuse and in patients who have gallbladder disease (e.g., gallstones). According to the National Institutes of Health (N...
Pregnancy Tracker: 5 weeks postpartum Size of the Baby: 9 1/2 pounds... we think! Biggest Obstacle: Keeping blood sugars in range consistently Since Sienna's birth, my diabetes management has often taken a backseat to caring for our newborn baby. I'm still testing often, but I'm not as aggressive with my blood glucose management as I was during pregnancy. This turns out to be a good thing because I've discovered that breastfeeding and tending to the baby often drop my blood sugar. There are several other factors that are also contributing to erratic blood sugars. First of all, I'm primarily pumping breast milk for Sienna. After one week of nursing her, my nipples were cracked, sore, and bleeding! The pain was pretty intense, but then I'd just been through childbirth, so relatively it wasn't that bad. After seeing several lactation consultants (all of whom couldn't quite tell me why Sienna looked to be latched on correctly wh...
David Mendosa recently posted a blog about " glycemic variability ." Most people have come to expect that their diabetes control is primarily evaluated by the hb A1C level. Indeed, the hb A1c is correlated with a three-month estimated average glucose level, which is very helpful to know in terms of the effectiveness in medical (insulin or oral) therapy. However, what is less often discussed is the importance of glycemic variability: the ups and downs of glucose values that occur naturally and as a result of medication. How does glycemic variability play a role in the management of diabetes? The latest information to date indicates that glycemic variability is extremely crucial in blood vessel inflammation and in physical/emotional well-being. The rate of those glucose excursions (highs and lows) profoundly effect how one feels emotionally, physically, and now cognitively, according to a recent article in Diabetes Care (a journal associated with the American Diabetes Association) .
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