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2nd April, 2017
 
Intensive medical treatment can reverse type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes can be reversed Data from a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism show that a short course of intensive lifestyle and medical treatment using oral medications and/or insulin may lead to drug-free remission of type 2 diabetes, at least in the short term.

 Patients with type 2 diabetes of up to 3 years in duration were randomized to three groups: Standard diabetes care and intensive metabolic intervention: One group underwent the intensive metabolic intervention for 8 weeks, while the other was treated intensively for 16 weeks.
  •  In the intensive metabolic intervention, the participants were provided with a personalized exercise plan and a suggested meal plan that reduced their daily calorie intake by 500-750 calories a day. Their progress was regularly tracked and they also were given oral medications and insulin at bedtime to tightly manage their blood glucose levels. 
  • The control group received standard blood sugar management advice from their usual doctor along with standard lifestyle advice
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Everything you need to know about potassium deficiency and its health implications
 
New Delhi, April 01, 2017: Many a times we suffer from common medical conditions, which we can't pinpoint an exact reason for. Often a simple deficiency can trigger these. For instance potassium deficiency can cause muscle cramps, diarrhea, dehydration, nausea, vomiting, heart rhythm disorders, and even congestive heart failure. 
 
Potassium is a mineral (electrolyte) in the body. Almost 98% of potassium is found inside the cells. Small changes in the level of potassium that is present outside the cells can have severe effects on the heart, nerves, and muscles.
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