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* News / 'We are a force to be reckoned with': voices of Newly Qualified Nurses by katty: November 14, 2017, 06:50:56 PM
‘I finish most shifts feeling guilty and remember things I didn’t have time to do’

Nursing isn’t what I expected it to be, there’s never enough time for patient contact which really saddens me. Nurses are now mainly office-based and have to delegate the patient contact to healthcare workers. I often class a good shift as one where I have managed to sit down and talk to someone who needed me. I finish most shifts feeling guilty and wake up in the middle of the night and remember things I didn’t have time to do. The stress of the job is unbelievable.

The pay conditions really anger me. Working in mental health can be a risky job where staff are assaulted and have to face quite a lot of abuse. I do not think it is fair that I only get paid around £10 an hour, which is a lot less than my friends who do low-level administration work in offices where they get paid to answer the phone. The government is relying on the good nature of nurses to continue doing their job because they care.
Kate Clayton, 15 months post-qualified, mental health nurse, Staffordshire




‘Nurses are a force to be reckoned with – I think that has become more prominent in recent years’


Before I began nursing I didn’t really see nurses as specialists or professors. It was only during my nursing studies and hospital placements that I began to realise the breadth of opportunities within nursing and the new found confidence nurses have. Nowadays we all work as a multidisciplinary team (MDT) and nurses work more closely with doctors and allied healthcare professionals. We, as nurses, are encouraged to speak up, ask questions and play a bigger part in the MDT and in our patients’ care plans. We also now have so many different opportunities for nurses like specialist roles, research and education. I think in the future we will see a lot more nurses going on to do the likes of PhDs and more specialist training. We are a force to be reckoned with and I think that has definitely become more prominent in recent years.
Bebhinn O’Dowd, 12 months post-qualified, critical care research nurse (specialising in major trauma), London

‘We are constantly working more hours than we should because it’s so short-staffed’


There is so much responsibility in modern nursing. You literally have people’s lives in your hands. It’s a big burden for a 22-year-old. Some older nurses have told me that in the past we would have been slowly fed into the system instead of being thrown in and immediately pushed to the limits. We are constantly working more hours than we ever should because it’s so short-staffed.

    It seems more of an uphill battle to get what is deserved and to get the kind of respect nurses used to get
    Liv Webster

Pay is of course something my friends and I rant about and some people who I studied nursing with have already changed their career path – we’re not even 18 months qualified. A lot are being pushed into private sectors and agency work so the NHS is losing valuable members of the team who can’t deal with the pay when they have families to support. Having said that I absolutely love my job and wouldn’t do anything else.
Ella Clarke-Billings, 14 months post qualified, surgical nurse, London

‘I didn’t realise the monumental amount of paperwork that nursing incorporated’

I went straight into the private sector due to more opportunity. I would have preferred to work for the NHS at the time but in my specialism I found it very hard to get into. I wanted to be a liaison nurse, which is a role to support people with a learning disability while they are in hospital, but people don’t seem to leave those jobs once they’re in them as they are so good to have. There is definitely more room for climbing the ladder in the NHS but that’s not what interests me. For me, getting the right healthcare for my service users and supporting them to have the best quality life they can is what’s most important. It’s why I wanted to become a nurse – to be the voice for those that couldn’t be heard and that’s what I can do in the company I work for.

I didn’t realise the monumental amount of paperwork that nursing incorporated. I definitely thought it would be more hands-on than it is. It seems more of an uphill battle to get what is deserved and to get the kind of respect nurses used to get, especially in my specialty which other health professionals seem to deem as useless. People don’t view learning disability nurses as proper nurses as we deal a lot with the social side and not just the medical side of care. I have even had family members joke that I’m not a proper nurse; when you aren’t given that level of respect it can really deflate you.
Liv Webster, 15 months post-qualified, learning disabilities nurse, Lichfield

‘Coming into nursing is different but it’s important to see it as a vocation rather than a job’

Nursing has certainly changed since I started in the early 1970s. The introduction of technology has had a big impact. I’ve seen the introduction of electronic health records, email and e-learning, and this kind of innovation has helped improve the practice of learning for the benefit of patients and carers. Many nurses had to adapt to the change and for some it was a difficult time as they did not have the computer skills required. For new nurses this will never be a problem as the way they study is academic and they have been brought up with technology.

But ultimately a good new nurse will have the same core skills and qualities, such as empathy and compassion, as when I trained. Coming into nursing now is different but it is even more important now that those entering see it as a vocation rather than a job. It is a hard career albeit rewarding.
Helen Smith, 41 years post qualified, mental health matron and ward manager, West Midlands

Source:https://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2017/nov/14/force-reckoned-with-voices-newly-qualified-nurses
* News / Lack of Nurse Educator Contributing to Shortage of Nurses in USA By Kara Lofton by katty: November 14, 2017, 06:24:11 PM
Nursing shortages are forcing hospitals to close beds, hire temporary nurses at great expense to fill the gap and possibly provide less than optimal care to patients. The problem is not just that people aren’t going into nursing, but also that existing nurses aren’t going into education.

“I find that teaching challenges me as a provider because I always have to stay on top of what’s new and what’s best, but I would love to teach more, but there are a lot of disincentives to do that,” said Anna Kent, a certified nurse practitioner who works as a midwife in Martinsburg, West Virgina. As part of her job, she supervises medical and graduate nursing students.



The main disincentive to teach full time, she said, is financial. “I would make about a third of what I’m making.”

In West Virginia, nurse practitioners earn an average of around $93,000 a year while nursing faculty with graduate degrees earn about $59,000.

“Unless you really have a passion and a desire to be a nurse educator, we don’t see people migrating to that field, because of the pay,” said Ron Moore, the recently retired vice president for nursing at Charleston Area Medical Center.

CAMC currently has about a 300 nurse workforce shortage. Moore said without qualified nursing faculty to teach the people who want to be in a nursing program, states like West Virginia aren’t going to be able graduate enough nurses to meet the needs of its aging population. “So without an adequate workforce, hospitals can’t function to their capacity,’ said Moore.

“And we’ve seen that, we’ve seen hospitals have to close portions of a hallway or an entire floor or an entire wing when they don’t have adequate RN staffing,” said Toni DiCiacchio, president of the West Virginia nurses association.

But nursing programs are trying new strategies to bring more people into the profession. For instance, schools are launching online nursing programs, but the reach is limited because parts of rural West Virginia don’t have access to the broadband needed for students to take the classes.

And Moore said CAMC launched a new “junior nursing academy” this summer to try and get middle school students interested in the profession. But even if those students want to go into nursing when they’re older, there may not be a spot for them in a nursing program.

And until salaries improve for nurse educators, the shortage of teachers is unlikely to change.

Source:https://www.marketplace.org/2017/11/14/education/lack-nurse-educators-likely-contributing-nurse-workforce-shortage
* News / American Heart Association Changes High Blood Pressure Guidelines by Idowu Olabode: November 14, 2017, 02:21:13 PM
-Normal Blood Pressure now 120/80
-High Blood Pressure starts with BP of 130/80 as against 140/90.

The American Heart Association has changed the definition of hypertension for the first time in 14 years, moving the number from the old standard of 140/90 to the newly revised 130/80.

The change is outlined in the American Heart Association 2017 Hypertension Practice Guidelines, an extensive report by experts without relevant ties to the pharmaceutical industry.

People with readings of 130 as the top number or 80 as the bottom one now are considered to have high blood pressure, according to the guideline released Monday by the American Heart Association. High blood pressure used to be defined as 140/90.



The change means 46 percent of U.S. adults are identified as having high blood pressure, compared with 32 percent under the previous definition. A blood pressure of less than 120/80 still will be considered normal, but levels at or above that, to 129, will be called “elevated.”

The new guideline is designed to help people take steps to control their blood pressure earlier, according to the authors. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world.

“Yes, we will label more people hypertensive and give more medication, but we will save lives and money by preventing more strokes, cardiovascular events and kidney failure,” said Kenneth Jamerson, M.D., Ph.D., professor of internal medicine and hypertension specialist at the University of Michigan Health System. He is one of 21 experts on the guideline writing committee. “If you are going to put money into the healthcare system, it’s to everyone’s advantage if we treat and prevent on this side of it, in early treatment.”
Still, the guideline – in the works for about three years and based on hundreds of studies and clinical trials – doesn’t suggest a massive increase in the number of people who will need to take medication to control hypertension.

Of the estimated 14 percent more adults to be classified with high blood pressure, about one in five will need medication, according to Paul Whelton, M.D., who chaired the guideline writing committee. But taking into account the overall population of adults who now will have hypertension, the guide predicts only a small percentage more should be prescribed medicine for it, compared with the previous guideline’s recommendations released in 2003.

Instead, the guideline, published in the AHA’s journal Hypertension, emphasizes that doctors need to focus on a whole framework of healthier lifestyle changes for patients.

“We need to send the message that yes, you are at increased risk and these are the things you should be doing,” said Whelton, chair of global public health at Tulane University in New Orleans. “I’m not saying it’s easy to change our lifestyles, but that should be first and foremost.”

The recommendations for a heart-healthy diet include reducing salt and incorporating potassium-rich foods such as bananas, potatoes, avocados and dark leafy vegetables. The guideline also gives specific suggestions for weight loss, quitting cigarettes, cutting back on alcohol and increasing physical activity.

The guideline, the first comprehensive one in 14 years, homes in on making sure doctors’ offices and patients understand how to accurately measure blood pressure and diagnose hypertension in the first place.



Hypertension occurs when the force of blood pushing against vessel walls is too high. This added pressure causes the heart to work too hard and blood vessels to function less effectively. Over time, the stress damages the tissues within arteries, which can further damage the heart and circulatory system.

Often called the “silent killer” because there are often no obvious symptoms, hypertension accounts for more heart disease and stroke deaths than almost all other preventable causes. It’s second only to smoking.

Robert M. Carey, M.D., vice chair of the guideline writing committee, said he expects some controversy over how the report treats older adults. It recommends people 65 and older be treated to the same 130/80 goal as younger patients. A guideline early this year from the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians suggested patients 60 and older be held to a standard below 150/90.

But Carey, professor of medicine and dean emeritus at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, said several intensive studies since 2015 show treating older adults to a lower blood pressure goal is beneficial.

“You have to escalate the treatment slower and monitor any side effects,” he said. “But it’s true there is benefit to treating ambulatory, older subjects.”

The guidelines say it can be lifesaving: “BP lowering therapy is one of the few interventions shown to reduce mortality risk in frail older individuals.” Men and women age 65 to 74 under the new classification will see high blood pressure rates increase by 13 percent and 12 percent, respectively.

Here are how some other groups will be affected by the new measurements:

     — High blood pressure rates could nearly triple among men age 20 to 44 – up to 30 percent from 11 percent. Women in that age group will see their rates almost double, to 19 percent from 10 percent.

     — Roughly three-quarters of men between 55 and 74 could be diagnosed with high blood pressure.

     — Black and Hispanic men will experience a 17 percent increase in rates. Asian men will see a 16 percent increase.

The new classifications and recommendations are specific in how they determine who is at risk and what they should do about it, Jamerson said.

Doctors should use a “risk calculator” to determine a patient’s risk of heart disease or stroke over the next 10 years. That assessment, combined with the other recommendations, can prompt more thorough doctor-patient conversations to determine whether lifestyle changes alone can help, or if medicine is needed as well.

“These new guidelines give patients a voice because it gives them an opportunity to ask healthcare providers, ‘What’s my risk?’” Jamerson said. “Consumers should be getting an explanation. Physicians ought to be calculating risk as they think about how to treat.”

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Source :https://news.heart.org/nearly-half-u-s-adults-now-classified-high-blood-pressure-new-definitions/
* News / UK Healthcare Uses Education Incentives to Address Critical Shortage of Nurses by Idowu Olabode: November 14, 2017, 01:13:57 PM
It has been said that nurses are the most trusted professionals in healthcare. In addition to providing treatment, they are nurturers, educators, and champions for the sick and injured. And Kentucky doesn't have enough of them.

A shortage of registered nurses, whether they are in hospital or clinical setting, is a multifaceted dilemma. The aging "baby boomer" population places a strain on healthcare resources, and the expansion of the Affordable Care Act means that more people are seeking treatment. The high number of Kentuckians with diabetes, cancer, heart disease and strokes also increases the demand for trained nurses.



"We have some serious health issues in our state," said Colleen Swartz, Chief Nurse Executive and Chief Administrative Officer of UK Healthcare. "It's no longer, 'I have a fractured hip', it's 'I have a fractured hip and I'm a diabetic and I have congestive heart failure. That has created care that is very complex."

To address both the shortage and the complex health issues with which nurses must contend, UK Healthcare and the College of Nursing have instituted education incentives designed to attract new nurses and provide current UK nurses with opportunities for professional development. These incentives include tuition assistance, loan-repayment programs and continuing education programs. One such program is Nursing Professional Advancement, which rewards nurses with pay differentials added to their base pay for participating in development opportunities. The nurse residency program for new graduate nurses is a one-year educational and support program that provides regular contact with experts and mentors to help with the transition from student to professional.

"We try to provide students with the best learning environment we possibly can," said Swartz.

The UK College of Nursing awards over 300 undergraduate and graduate degrees each year. The PhD program is ranked among the top eight programs in the US by the National Research Council, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) was the first of its kind the US. Online continuing education programs are available, as well as a number of graduate certificates geared toward preparing advanced practice registered nurses for national certification eligibility and licensure in a new or additional specialty area.

"The registered nurse of today is not the registered nurse of a decade ago," said Swartz. "There is an increase in demand on their performances and their understanding of complexities."

While other healthcare centers offer monetary incentives, such as sign-on bonuses for new hires, UK focuses on recruiting nurses looking to expand their skill set or to advance their careers.

"Incentives are different things to different people", said Nora Warshawsky, associate professor in the College of Nursing. "People graduating with student debt will be drawn to the sign-on bonuses, whereas those who are looking ahead at their career trajectories might gravitate to hospitals with educational opportunities."

The hospital's reputation is a factor as well. UK Healthcare was named the best hospital in Kentucky by US News and World Report, and has achieved top 50 rankings in cancer treatment, neurology, geriatrics and diabetes and endocrinology. "[Another benefit] is the culture of the environment such as hospitals with magnet status that treat employees with respect," said Janie Heath, Dean of the College of Nursing. "We recognize and promote their outstanding efforts to meet the mission of care delivery excellence."

Ensuring that nurses have administrative support as well as a professional and encouraging workplace can be the most effective incentive. "The work environment is instrumental in retaining nurses," said Warshawsky. "Supporting nurse managers is critical to the patient care experience. They are the chief retention officers. Nurses who are treated with respect are nurses who are likely to stay."

While the number of registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses has grown, it has not been enough to offset the number of nurses retiring each year. 2,200 nurses retired in 2016, up from 1,793 in 2014. It is estimated that 3-4,000 registered nurses are not currently working, such as young mothers and those who have returned to school full time. Nearly 800 registered nurses in Kentucky have left the healthcare field entirely. Nursing programs all over the country must deny admission to qualified applicants due to limitations of classroom space and a shortage of faculty. Combined with increased demands on healthcare caused by an aging populace and the expansion of the Affordable Care Act, nurses experience increased patient loads, stress and job dissatisfaction. Inadequate nurse staffing levels are linked to higher rates of patient falls, medication errors, and even death. Medicare and Medicaid  can deny payments for preventable hospital-acquired illnesses and injuries, and private insurance companies are expected to follow suit.

"A shortage can be crippling," said Swartz. "You do all you can to fill the demand and to ensure the care environment is safe."

Source : UK Now
* News / World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2017 WHO Factsheet on Antibiotic Resistance by katty: November 14, 2017, 10:38:25 AM
Introduction

Antibiotics are medicines used to prevent and treat bacterial infections. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change in response to the use of these medicines.

Bacteria, not humans or animals, become antibiotic-resistant. These bacteria may infect humans and animals, and the infections they cause are harder to treat than those caused by non-resistant bacteria.

Antibiotic resistance leads to higher medical costs, prolonged hospital stays, and increased mortality.

The world urgently needs to change the way it prescribes and uses antibiotics. Even if new medicines are developed, without behaviour change, antibiotic resistance will remain a major threat. Behaviour changes must also include actions to reduce the spread of infections through vaccination, hand washing, practising safer sex, and good food hygiene.
Scope of the problem

Antibiotic resistance is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world. New resistance mechanisms are emerging and spreading globally, threatening our ability to treat common infectious diseases. A growing list of infections – such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, blood poisoning, gonorrhoea, and foodborne diseases – are becoming harder, and sometimes impossible, to treat as antibiotics become less effective.

Where antibiotics can be bought for human or animal use without a prescription, the emergence and spread of resistance is made worse. Similarly, in countries without standard treatment guidelines, antibiotics are often over-prescribed by health workers and veterinarians and over-used by the public.

Without urgent action, we are heading for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries can once again kill.
Prevention and control

Antibiotic resistance is accelerated by the misuse and overuse of antibiotics, as well as poor infection prevention and control. Steps can be taken at all levels of society to reduce the impact and limit the spread of resistance.
Individuals

To prevent and control the spread of antibiotic resistance, individuals can:

    Only use antibiotics when prescribed by a certified health professional.
    Never demand antibiotics if your health worker says you don’t need them.
    Always follow your health worker’s advice when using antibiotics.
    Never share or use leftover antibiotics.
    Prevent infections by regularly washing hands, preparing food hygienically, avoiding close contact with sick people, practising safer sex, and keeping vaccinations up to date.
    Prepare food hygienically, following the WHO Five Keys to Safer Food (keep clean, separate raw and cooked, cook thoroughly, keep food at safe temperatures, use safe water and raw materials) and choose foods that have been produced without the use of antibiotics for growth promotion or disease prevention in healthy animals.

Policy makers

To prevent and control the spread of antibiotic resistance, policy makers can:

    Ensure a robust national action plan to tackle antibiotic resistance is in place.
    Improve surveillance of antibiotic-resistant infections.
    Strengthen policies, programmes, and implementation of infection prevention and control measures.
    Regulate and promote the appropriate use and disposal of quality medicines.
    Make information available on the impact of antibiotic resistance.

Health professionals

To prevent and control the spread of antibiotic resistance, health professionals can:

    Prevent infections by ensuring your hands, instruments, and environment are clean.
    Only prescribe and dispense antibiotics when they are needed, according to current guidelines.
    Report antibiotic-resistant infections to surveillance teams.
    Talk to your patients about how to take antibiotics correctly, antibiotic resistance and the dangers of misuse.
    Talk to your patients about preventing infections (for example, vaccination, hand washing, safer sex, and covering nose and mouth when sneezing).

Healthcare industry

To prevent and control the spread of antibiotic resistance, the health industry can:

    Invest in research and development of new antibiotics, vaccines, diagnostics and other tools.

Agriculture sector

To prevent and control the spread of antibiotic resistance, the agriculture sector can:

    Only give antibiotics to animals under veterinary supervision.
    Not use antibiotics for growth promotion or to prevent diseases in healthy animals.
    Vaccinate animals to reduce the need for antibiotics and use alternatives to antibiotics when available.
    Promote and apply good practices at all steps of production and processing of foods from animal and plant sources.
    Improve biosecurity on farms and prevent infections through improved hygiene and animal welfare.

Recent developments

While there are some new antibiotics in development, none of them are expected to be effective against the most dangerous forms of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Given the ease and frequency with which people now travel, antibiotic resistance is a global problem, requiring efforts from all nations and many sectors.
Impact

When infections can no longer be treated by first-line antibiotics, more expensive medicines must be used. A longer duration of illness and treatment, often in hospitals, increases health care costs as well as the economic burden on families and societies.

Antibiotic resistance is putting the achievements of modern medicine at risk. Organ transplantations, chemotherapy and surgeries such as caesarean sections become much more dangerous without effective antibiotics for the prevention and treatment of infections.

WHO response

Tackling antibiotic resistance is a high priority for WHO. A global action plan on antimicrobial resistance, including antibiotic resistance, was endorsed at the World Health Assembly in May 2015. The global action plan aims to ensure prevention and treatment of infectious diseases with safe and effective medicines.

The “Global action plan on antimicrobial resistance” has 5 strategic objectives:

    To improve awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance.
    To strengthen surveillance and research.
    To reduce the incidence of infection.
    To optimize the use of antimicrobial medicines.
    To ensure sustainable investment in countering antimicrobial resistance.

A political declaration endorsed by Heads of State at the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2016 signaled the world’s commitment to taking a broad, coordinated approach to address the root causes of antimicrobial resistance across multiple sectors, especially human health, animal health and agriculture. WHO is supporting Member States to develop national action plans on antimicrobial resistance, based on the global action plan.

WHO has been leading multiple initiatives to address antimicrobial resistance:

World Antibiotic Awareness Week

Held every November since 2015 with the theme “Antibiotics: Handle with care”, the global, multi-year campaign has increasing volume of activities during the week of the campaign.

The Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (GLASS)

The WHO-supported system supports a standardized approach to the collection, analysis and sharing of data related to antimicrobial resistance at a global level to inform decision-making, drive local, national and regional action.
Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP)

A joint initiative of WHO and Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), GARDP encourages research and development through public-private partnerships. By 2023, the partnership aims to develop and deliver up to four new treatments, through improvement of existing antibiotics and acceleration of the entry of new antibiotic drugs.

Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (IACG)

The United Nations Secretary-General has established IACG to improve coordination between international organizations and to ensure effective global action against this threat to health security. The IACG is co-chaired by the UN Deputy Secretary-General and the Director General of WHO and comprises high level representatives of relevant UN agencies, other international organizations, and individual experts across different sectors.
* News / World Diabetes Day: 5 Top Food Myths Around Diabetes Revealed by katty: November 14, 2017, 10:24:29 AM
Its the World Diabetes Day today!  The day which was initiated by International Diabetes Federation to spread awareness and  promote better diabetes management amongst people who have been suffering from the condition. Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases characterized by high blood sugar either because of the inability of the body to produce enough insulin or the inability to respond to the insulin so produced. There are many myths associated with diabetes and its long term treatment . And while it is a good idea to maintain caution with your diet and lifestyle to manage diabetes better, it is also important to be able to tell myths from facts. To commemorate World Diabetes Day 2017 and create awareness,we bust the top food related myths around diabetes.




1. Diabetics Should Stay Away From Fruit Juice


It is always more advisable to eat fresh, whole fruits- they have more fibre and are more filling. Also, it helps to exercise certain portion control. It is easy to chug down more glasses of juice than eat whole fruits, which further helps keep blood sugar in check. Why fruit juices are not advisable for diabetics is for their excessive sugar content, the packaged juices that you find in are loaded with sugar, calories and carbs, all of which can result in unnecessary sugar spike. Juices, because they are in liquid form are easy to digest which means easier metabolism of sugar and carbs- which further means faster rise in blood sugar. If you do want to have juice, limit it to 4 ounces.

2.Diabetics Should Not Have Potatoes


You don't need to eliminate potatoes from your diet, however you may need to be cautious about 'how' you have them. French fries, chips, potato wedges made in low grade refines oils are bad source of carbohydrates which should be refrained from. Have them boiled, mashed or baked. Potatoes may be a high GI food but it is loaded in Vitamin V, Fibre and potassium which you should include as part of your diet. When you include potatoes (a starchy vegetable) as part of a meal, you can balance them with non-starchy vegetables such as a lettuce salad, green beans, or broccoli.

3. People with diabetes should not eat fruit

Daibetics can eat fruits make sure they are low GI fruits. Bangalore based nutritionist says, "It is always a good idea to avoid fruitsthat have a high sugar content. All fruits have natural sugar that can pose to be a problem for diabetics. Mangoes aren't quite recommended. Opt for fruits that are high in fibre and low on the Glycemic Index like apples, pears, oranges, peaches and plums."

4. Eating sugar causes diabetes

eating Sugar alone doesn't cause diabetes, however it can definitely play a role in development of the disease. Diabetes are a group of conditions that results in elevated blood sugar levels. Type 1 diabetes has been linked to genetics and an autoimmune response to the sudden trigger. Type two diabetes, on the other hand has also been linked toa couple of factors like sedantry lifestyle, poor overall diet , having high blood pressure, being overage etc. To help prevent diabetes one must stay away from sugary foods and drinks, but to pin the sugary desserts as the sole cause, could be a wrong assumption.

5. Diabetics would never get to have desserts again

In moderation, diabetics too can have desserts. Infact experts say, that restricting yourself too much may result in bouts of binge-eating later. Therefore indulging in a small serving of desserts on special ocassions may not harm as much nut make sure you balance out your carb intake through your meal by including more high fibre and low GI foods.

Happy World Diabetes Day!

Source:https://www.ndtv.com/food/world-diabetes-day-5-top-food-myths-around-diabetes-revealed-1774746
* News / World Diabetes Day: The Chilling Story Of How A 19-Year-Old Girl Lost Her Leg by katty: November 14, 2017, 10:21:03 AM
“I planned in my mind that if I get something which can kill me, whether medicine or whatever, I will use it to kill myself,” she recounts her story to Joy News’ Kwetey Nartey.

The story of the Junior High School graduate in the Brong Ahafo Region reflects the challenges diabetic patients face in Ghana, and as the world marks World Diabetes Day, Joy News explores the life of one of these patients whose hopes have been shattered because access to insulin remains a challenge in parts of the country.



“I planned in my mind that if I get something which can kill me, whether medicine or whatever, I will use it to kill myself,” she recounts her story to Joy News’ Kwetey Nartey.

She said the suicidal thoughts set in a few minutes after her leg was amputated by doctors at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.

Portia says she was diagnosed with diabetes five years ago, but because her parents could not afford the medication, she relied on her National Health Insurance the critical drugs to get her healthy.

Her reliance on the Health Insurance meant that she will never get her full dose.

She then resorted to the use of herbal concoctions to treat her condition.

But the herbal medication failed her and the ulcers set in.

“They said it has touched my bones so they have to cut my leg,” she said.

Story by Ghana | Myjoyonline.com
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