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Archive for the ‘Diabetes’ Category

Losing weight improves your sex life: KIMR Staff research

By Jocelyn Tan • September 20th, 2016

Losing weight may improve your sex life and not just by making you look sexier. Professor Bronwyn Stuckey, medical director at the Keogh Institute, has published a new study indicating that for men, losing weight improves sexual functioning regardless of the dietary method used. The study found that  overweight and obese men increased both their overall sexual functioning and their testosterone levels when they lost weight due to being placed on an energy restricted diet. Men on the study lost weight via either a high protein, low fat diet or a high carbohydrate, low fat diet and there results did […]

Assessment of sexual difficulties in people with diabetes

By Jocelyn Tan • May 18th, 2016
Assessment of sexual difficulties in people with diabetes

Sexual difficulties can be a common problem for people with diabetes. Men with diabetes have a higher risk of erectile dysfunction likely due to the increased blood sugar damaging  blood vessels and nerves in and surround the penis. As these blood vessels get damaged, the likelihood of erectile dysfunction increases. Poorly controlled diabetes is likely to damage these blood vessels more rapidly.  Other medical and lifestyle factors, such as smoking, drinking or cardiovascular risk factors can also damage these blood vessels contributing to erectile dysfunction. For women with diabetes, a decrease in vaginal lubrication is the most common issue. This […]

Common myths about diabetes that can hurt you

By Jocelyn Tan • November 25th, 2015
Common myths about diabetes that can hurt you

Diabetes is a common condition for which myths and misunderstandings are abundant. Unfortunately these myths can increase prejudice and damage the health of many in the population. Diabetes is rare  It is actually quite common. It affects: 1 in 12 people worldwide 1 in 19 people in Australia 1.7 million people in Australia. Unfortunately, these numbers are likely to increase as all forms of diabetes are rising at a rapid rate.   You just need to take tablets for diabetes Proper management of diabetes requires a lot more than just taking prescribed medication. Lifestyle, including diet and exercise, are essential to managing blood […]

Fact check: Can low carb, high fat cure your diabetes

By Jocelyn Tan • October 21st, 2015
Fact check: Can low carb, high fat cure your diabetes

The promoters of the film “Cereal Killers” have been posting a quote indicating that a high fat, low carbohydrate diet would cure (apparently instantly) diabetes. We have not seen the movie so we will be looking at this claim without any surrounding context since that is how the promoters released it. Pharmaceutical Companies The first thing about this claim that pharmaceutical companies profit heavily from antidiabetic medications is certainly true. Diabetes management is the second most profitable therapy area for pharmaceuticals after oncology 1. Several diabetes medications are also top sellers worldwide 2.  In fact, we frequently run clinical trials for new diabetes […]

Diet and diabetes

By Jocelyn Tan • August 19th, 2015

  For many of our patients with diabetes, including patients on clinical studies, the hardest thing about managing diabetes is not managing the medication but rather working out the complicated relationship between their diet, physical activity and blood glucose readings.  When discussing less than optimal blood glucose readings, we have heard about skipped breakfasts, soup diets and fruit only diets. We have also seen the constant perplexment of patients who are trying everything with their diet and yet not seeing any improvement. That’s why we believe in the value of ongoing diet education. One of the best resources for this is […]

Well Men’s Health Checks

By Jocelyn Tan • June 11th, 2014
Well Men’s Health Checks

    A well men’s health check should be an annual event for any man, particularly anyone over the age of 50. Although you may see your GP when you are sick or to get a new script, in a busy modern practice a through check up can often be forgotten. Unfortunately this means that your risk factors for many medical conditions are growing unchecked as well. In our study on men with pre-diabetes, we found 10% of men who previously considered themselves healthy had either pre-diabetes or diabetes. Pre-diabetes, like many other conditions can be reversed before it turns […]

Prediabetes

By Jocelyn Tan • February 25th, 2014
Prediabetes

  Pre-diabetes refers to a condition where you have more glucose (sugar) circulating in your blood than is normal but less than would be required for you to be diagnosed with diabetes. This is due to your body being resistant to the effects of insulin, which lowers glucose levels. Left untreated this will lead to diabetes type 2. Diabetes type 2 is a lifelong condition, which over time will require multiple medications and lifestyle changes to keep glucose levels low. High levels of glucose damage the kidneys, blood vessels, nerves, heart and eyes. This damage can start to occur even […]