A series of images created for the Diabetes Association of Thailand to warn against the possible effects of sugar on health may encourage some people to take another look at their favorite sweets. The awareness campaign, Sweet Kills, uses creative images of infections and festering wounds to show how high blood sugar levels can reduce the body's ability to detect infections and heal, Metro reported. Unlike medical images, however, the campaign has replaced bodily fluids and parts with sweets rendered somewhat unrecognizable as open injuries. In one, a gaping wound on an elbow drips with chocolate syrup, caramel, bits of chocolate, and yellow frosting. In another, a foot looks like a disturbing ice cream sundae, with red cake in the wound and white frosting crusted on the edges.
Diabetics who have been pricking their fingers for years finally have another option. Freestyle Libre is a small patch that can be easily applied to the upper-arm. With a simple scan, the sensor can read your glucose levels, no needles or blood necessary. The device keeps readings for up to ten days, making it much easier to see any patterns or trends in your blood sugar readings, and it even shows these readings in an easy to understand line graph. The product is currently available at drug stores in the United States.
Type 2 diabetes and heart disease can be diagnosed by simply shining a light on your skin, research suggests. Scientists found those with higher levels of certain proteins faced a greater risk of the two conditions and even premature death. The proteins, called AGEs, are linked to high blood sugar, stiff arteries and raised blood pressure. AGEs reflect fluorescent light and can be picked up by illuminating the skin, avoiding painful blood samples. They were looking for the presence of proteins called advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which form when proteins or lipids combine with sugar molecules.
Patients with Covid-19 and high blood sugar levels are twice as likely to die from the coronavirus than those with lower levels - even without a diabetes diagnosis, a study shows. Researchers working in China looked back at patients admitted to different hospitals in Wuhan with high blood sugar levels who later died of the Covid-19. Previous studies have shown a link between abnormally high blood sugar and a greater risk of death from pneumonia, stroke, heart attacks, trauma and surgery. A link has also been shown between diabetes and a greater risk of death from Covid-19, according to the Huazhong University of Science and Technology team. And the researchers say their findings show that, even without a diabetes diagnosis, high blood sugar is linked to a raised risk of dying from coronavirus.