How to prevent epilepsy with diabetic medical supplies

How can diabetic medical supplies online help prevent epilepsy. According to this article, a new study suggests that people who have type 1 diabetes may be nearly thrice more likely to develop epilepsy than people who do not have type 1 diabetes. It logically follows that keeping diabetes under control will reduce the risk for epilepsy. Although the relationship between the two is very slim, it’s still good to know.  Better safe than sorry, right?

In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin, a hormone that helps convert sugar (glucose) from food into energy. Absence of insulin results in an excess of sugar in the blood, which can in turn lead to a series of symptoms and complications. The level of blood sugar can be gauged with medical supplies online called glucose meters. People with type 1 diabetes need to replace the insulin that their pancreas no longer makes. More often than not, this is achieved by injecting the insulin via insulin syringes.

Back to the study, researchers found that the risk of epilepsy was 16.5 times higher for children with type 1 diabetes who had to be treated in a hospital for a severe low blood sugar. Overall, children under 6 years of age with type 1 diabetes appeared to be six times more likely to develop epilepsy. Study author Dr. I-Ching Chou of China Medical University's Children's Hospital in Taichung, Taiwan believes that several factors, such as immune abnormalities, brain lesions, genetic factors and metabolic abnormalities may be involved. I know, it’s hard to trust a doctor name after a divination book, but endocrinologist and coordinator of the Friedman Diabetes Program at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City Dr. Gerald Bernstein said that tiny blood vessels in the brain can be affected when people with diabetes fail to rigidly control their blood glucose levels.

Of course this doesn’t mean you should go ahead and inject yourself with insulin to prevent or treat epilepsy. Diabetic medical supplies online are exclusively for people with diabetes to use under the guidance of their healthcare providers. “Even though the risk of epilepsy is increased, most type 1 diabetics wouldn't have it,” attending neurologist at Northwell Health's Comprehensive Epilepsy Care Center in Great Neck, N.Y. Dr. “Great” Scott Stevens said. On the other hand, the authors of the study noted that too high or too low blood glucose levels have been shown to trigger seizures in elderly people, and previous studies suggest that having type 1 diabetes at an early age and having severely low blood sugar are major risk factors for brain abnormalities. The bottom line is that by keeping diabetes in check – which people with diabetes should do anyway – one just might be reducing the already remote risk of developing brain disorders such as epilepsy.

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