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To know if you are diabetic, simply check your blood sugar (Fasting and 2 Hours post meal) & HbA1C
Diabetes is diagnosed when
The same tests are used to both screen for and diagnose diabetes.
There are 2 main types of Diabetes.
In type 1 diabetes, the body’s own immune system which normally fights harmful bacteria and viruses mistakenly destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Genetics may play a role in this process, and exposure to certain environmental factors, such as viruses, may trigger the disease. In this situation insulin injection must be taken lifelong.
Type 2 Diabetes is a disease of fat overload i.e. when the body becomes resistant to insulin due to excess fat, chokes the insulin receptors leading to overwork to pancreas and at last the pancreas stops producing enough insulin and diabetes begins. Lifestyle, obesity, stress, genetics and age being major reason for the disease.
Thyroid medicines are to be take on empty stomach, first thing in the morning and gap of minimum 30mins to be maintained between food and the medications.
E.g. 6.30am: Thyroid Tablet
If you have to take other tablets before breakfast, then have them at 7.00 am followed by breakfast at 7.30am.
Years before the insulin needle for taking insulin injection, were long and thick. Today the needles are super thin and Short. If the insulin injecting technique is properly followed, insulin injection needles are virtually painless. They hurt mentally and not physically.
With continuous lifestyle modification and correct dosage of insulin if following results are achieved and maintained forever, then insulin can be stopped in Type 2 Diabetes forever.
However, in type 1 Diabetes mellitus, insulin injections are for life long
Rice- Wheat-Jowar-Bajra-Nachni all are more or less same as far as carbohydrates are concerned. In every meal amount of intake of nutrients have to be considered. You can replace a chapati/ bhakri / paratha (30gms) with 1 cup of rice and relish it daily with each meal. Preferably high fibre rice i.e. brown rice or red rice to be considered along with thick dal and a bowl full of raw vegetable salad. This reduced carb content of total meal.
Diabetes shouldn’t stop you from doing the things you want to do. If you want to travel, and you have diabetes, you must plan ahead carefully. Although you can’t avoid the odd surprise, preparing before you leave can help avoid undue stress.
Before a long trip, have a medical check-up to make sure your diabetes is in good control and get your insulin dosages adjusted to your blood sugar levels. Plan your diet as per availability of food or carry healthy food. Insulin becomes ineffective when exposed to extreme temperature (low or high) hence carry insulin in your hand luggage and not in checked luggage which is stored in extreme cold temperature, sometimes freezing temperatures. Carry insulin injection in coolant pouch and keep injection in butter compartment once you reach your hotel.
Commercially insulin coolant pouches are available which can keep the insulin cool up to 48 hours or more depending upon the make. You can even invest in a quality insulated wide-neck thermos bottle with at least a one-liter capacity and 18 to 24-hour cooling/heating duration.
If you inject insulin while in flight, be careful not to inject air into the insulin bottle. In the pressurized cabin, pressure differences can cause the plunger to “fight you.” This can make it hard to measure insulin accurately.
Keep proper medical prescription and travelling certificate with you during your travel.
When you’re sick, you’re under stress. To deal with this stress, your body releases hormones that help it fight disease. These hormones raise blood glucose levels and interfere with the blood glucose-lowering effects of insulin. As a result, when you are sick, it is harder to keep your blood glucose in your target range and you must take extra food, keep monitoring and take extra insulin as per blood sugar level.
When you have a cold or flu, or if you have a fever for a day or two, your body needs extra sugar for energy to help fight the illness. If you’re feeling too sick to eat, your body will get its energy by releasing blood sugar from stored supplies in the liver, making your blood sugar level rise. That’s why you need to keep taking your insulin or diabetes medication on when you’re sick to control your blood glucose levels even though you may not be eating or may be eating less than normal.
If a woman has poor control of her diabetes during pregnancy, which means that her blood sugar levels are often above normal, this increases the chances for problems for her baby like,
A woman can work to keep her blood sugar in control before and during pregnancy.
As your child grows, things like eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and getting regular, moderate physical activity may help to reduce this risk.
If you have missed thyroid tablet in morning, do not eat for 4 hours, after breakfast take thyroid tablet and have lunch after 30 mins.
E.g. 8.00 am breakfast,
8.30 am to 12.30 pm empty stomach.
12.30 pm take tablet and
1.00 pm lunch.
If you have missed diabetes medicine before meals take it after meals. If you are on metformin, pioglitazone, glipizide you can take it 2-4 hours after food also. If you are taking glimepiride, gliclazide take immediately after food or with next meal but do check blood sugar 2 hours after meal.
If you are on a long-acting medication that you take once a day, take your medication if you are within 12 hours of the missed dose. Otherwise, wait until the next scheduled time to resume taking your medication.
You may want to try a simple memory tool such as a weekly pill box. These boxes come with once-a-day, twice-a-day, or three-times-a-day containers where you can place a day’s worth of pills. Also there are some great smartphone apps that allow you to set up notifications or text messages to help you remember your medication. Set up an alarm. If you don’t have or use a mobile phone, you could use a portable alarm clock or set an alarm on your watch.
Thyroid tablets are not medicines; they are hormone supplements. it fulfils the deficit created in the body due to absence of thyroid hormone, for condition called hypothyroidism. Take it in optimal amount (not more not less) has no side effect, if taken in lower amount than required or not taken or stopped in between (without doctor’s advice) than it causes irreversible damage to heart, kidney brain and other organs. If taken excess, it can lead to weight loss, palpitations and tremors. Regular monitoring of TSH is required for dose adjustment of thyroid supplement.