Friday, September 16, 2011

WIP: Medical Mystery

It must be said that I love writing and this new medical mystery is not an exception. Its funny though, half the time I want to put the name of my protagonist of my first novel when I am writing. The two characters are so far apart, it is probably just because I spent so much time writing and working on my first project.

The mystery is so much different than fantasy. The topic moves quicker, from subject to subject, adding in new clues and characters. It really means working hard on making sure that every word, sentence, and scene has a reason to be written.

Another huge difference is the increased need for outlining scenes and planning character development. My first manuscript morphed into its own shape, but this one is different. I ran into a scene last week that really needed to be planned. I knew that it was an important junction of the story - going from confusion and taking a single small clue and running with it. But I also added another level of confusion back into the story. This was tricky and fun to write. Not sure what it will mean in the long run.

I've been working on this book for eight weeks now and I am over 50% finished. It has gone quick, yet, I was hoping to be further along. The story is pretty much out there, now it is time to solve and wrap everything up. Wish me luck.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

One Person Dies Every Seven Seconds From Diabetes.

It is estimated that one person dies every seven second from diabetes and things continue to get worse. Health officials reported today that an estimated 366 million persons worldwide now suffer from diabetes. The estimated numbers were released in Lisbon, Portugal during the European meeting that had associations with more than 160 countries. Almost 5 million people die each year from this chronic condition.

The International Diabetes Federation have reportedly called for systematic and concrete guidelines to stop this epidemic. In addition, they are signaling a need for this topic to be covered at the United Nations meeting next week.

Type I diabetes largely affect children and young adults. These individuals are unable to make insulin, which is produced from the pancreas pancreas. Type II diabetes is much more common and is often closely affected by obesity. Type II can be described as a decrease in the amount of insulin [Relative Insulin Deficiency] and a difficulty to have the insulin entering the cells [Insulin Resistance].

Complications of Diabetes:

1.) Eye complications

- Retinopathy - a disorder of the retina.
- Loss of eye sight
- Cataracts - 60% more likely to get cataract when diabetic
- Glaucoma - 40% more like to get glaucoma when diabetic

2.) Foot Complications

- Callous, skin changes, Neuropathy, ulcers, and other problems
- Poor circulation and amputations can be seen.

3.) Skin changes

- Increased fungal, bacterial, rashes and other skin changes can be seen.

4.) Heart Disease

- HA1c checks blood sugar - should be monitored and maintained
- Increased Lipids [Cholesterol and Triglycerides need to be maintained.]

5.) Hypertension

6.) Depression and Stress

7.) Ketoacidosis

- Ketones produced when body burns fat instead of glucose
- When a dangerously high levels are seen - can lead to stroke and death.

8.) Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic Nonketotic Syndrome (HHNS)

- Elevated blood sugar levels rise dangerously - rare but serious condition

9.) Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)

10.) Kidney Disease (Nephropathy)

- High blood sugar can overwork the kidneys, causing them to stop working properly.

11.) Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
- Blood vessels in the legs are narrowed or blocked by fatty deposits and blood flow to your feet and legs decreases.
- Increased risk for heart attack and stroke

12.) Stroke