Saturday, December 5, 2015

Having The Kidneys Involved In Scleroderma (part 2 of 2)

How Can This Condition Be Managed?

Once scleroderma would develop and would start to affect organs, the damage can go on and on and could spread even further. When the damage is done, little can be done to reverse it. Considering that, it is much easier to prevent it rather than to cure it, that of which would go for all cases of scleroderma. The key for renal involvement in scleroderma is to have it treated as early as possible.

Renal involvement in scleroderma however could only happen to those who have the diffuse type, which is known as systemic sclerosis. If the case of scleroderma is limited or what we call as CREST, it is unlikely that the kidneys will get involved. With medical help, a healthy lifestyle and as well as taking care of yourself as much as you can, these are the best ways to manage a condition of scleroderma affecting the kidneys.

Can This Be Treated?

As of now, there is no known cause of treating scleroderma in general. Treatment is available but it is focused on limiting the damages done by scleroderma as well as treats symptoms rather than completely remove scleroderma from the patient. While that is at hand, you must remember that renal involvement in scleroderma is treatable as well as you follow some guidelines.

The key to having a condition as such cured is early detection, medical help and taking care of one’s self. With the help of a competent doctor along with the patient’s responsibility, everything should turn out right when it comes to managing renal involvement in scleroderma.

Having The Kidneys Involved In Scleroderma (part 1 of 2)


Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease that mainly deals with connective tissues which are found at all parts of our body. Being an autoimmune disease, it is a disorder with the immune system that makes the antibodies attack the tissues instead of having them protect it. While most cases of scleroderma would show Raynaud’s phenomenon which are visible through the skin, a severe form of it would involve some limitations in organ functions.

One of the most affected areas when a patient is affected by scleroderma is the kidneys. In fact, it used to be the leading cause of death among scleroderma patients until a new class of drugs were made available by angiotensin converting enzyme or ACE inhibitors, which has changed the whole picture of cases of which the kidney would get involved in scleroderma.

How Does Renal Involvement In Scleroderma Develop?

The cause of scleroderma is not yet known, what is known is how it works. Scleroderma happens when a person’s immune system attacks its own tissues causing damage or the appearance of scar tissues on the affected area. If the kidneys are involved, the first involvement would be the constriction of blood vessels which are in the kidney. This is followed by scarring of the vessels thus making the surfaces thicker and limiting the functions of the kidney.

As a result of the thickening, blood flow is limited to the kidney. This in turn would cause the release of kidney hormones that could cause blood vessel constriction that could also impair the kidneys. From this point, there could be injury or a permanent dysfunction in some parts of the kidney. This constriction could also increase blood pressure and in worse case, could lead to heart failures.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Can Diabetes Trigger Mood Swings? (part 2 of 2)

Diabetic men and mood swings
A study in 2006 showed that other than diabetes-associated disorders such as impotence, men also have to contend with mood swings.  This is particularly true as the man advances in age, when his levels of testosterone begin to decline.  Combined with the rise and fall of blood sugar levels associated in Type 2 diabetes, it would not be uncommon for the person to experience fluctuations in moods as well.

Other than that, there is also a tendency for people (men and women alike) to feel anger, anxiety, remorse and guilt as a result of their condition.  This is particularly true if the type of diabetes they have is adult-onset, one that could have been prevented by changes in their lifestyle.

There are also other factors that may lead to mood swings in people who have diabetes.  Knowing that the disease is something they will have to deal with for the rest of their lives can dampen their spirits, causing them to feel apprehension and depression.

Dealing with mood swings related to diabetes
It's important for diabetics to frequently check their blood sugar levels.  The results often hold the first clue as to what may be causing their mood swings.  Changes in the diet, along with the proper medications must be maintained to ensure that the person's health is at its optimum and that any fluctuations in his temperament are controlled.  Getting the right information about the disease is also important so he or she will truly understand what to expect and what to do.

Diabetes may be a lifelong condition but mood swings associated with it don't have to be difficult to manage.  With the right care, diet, medication, regulation of sugar intake and exercise, there is no reason why someone who has diabetes cannot live a healthy, happy life and find success in his career.

Can Diabetes Trigger Mood Swings? (part 1 of 2)

There are many challenges associated with diabetes.  It is a disease that affects not just the individual but also those around him, including his family and friends.  Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that destroys insulin-producing cells and can affect anyone regardless of age or gender.  But can diabetes trigger mood swings?  And how can this be managed?

Understanding diabetes and your emotions
Diabetes is characterized by the body's inability to produce insulin.  Insulin is a naturally-occurring substance in the body that regulates the absorption of sugar by the cells.  If the body does not get enough supply of insulin, sugar that is present in the system is collected in the urine and the blood.  This then leads to unusual thirst, hunger and frequent urination.  The problem here is that these reactions of the body affects normal cellular functions.

People who have diabetes will often experience strong and frequent mood swings.
They could, for example, lose their temper, lash out, become introverted or show positive emotions in a very unusual and chaotic manner.  Outbursts among people who have diabetes can also become fairly common.

The problem here is that they may not even be aware of these outbursts and may in fact even have no memory of it.  When confronted, they could even react with guilt or anxiety.  Sometimes, emotions can be expressed as melancholy, wherein the person suffering from diabetes expresses extreme sadness.  This show of strong emotions can be very unpredictable, something that can often surprise and offend family members and close associates.