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Diabetes And Your Ear - When Prevention Is The Best Cure

Feb 2, 2008
One of the most notorious modern-day killers, diabetes is a disease which is deceptively innocuous in its development. What first begins as feelings of fatigue, dizziness and nausea, are quick to compound into a vast hoard of ailments, many of which can even be life-threatening if not diagnosed on time. High blood glucose levels are the mainstay of this disease, triggering its onset in the vulnerable, and also complicating it until diabetes leaves virtually no part of the body untouched. However, the most alarming aspect about these developments is that they, like diabetes, are surreptitious in their growth, often leaving the victim in the dark until they are at their mature, and most devastating, phases.

The high glucose levels, which form the crux of diabetes, also continue to plague the individual well after the disease has matured. The high sugar content of the blood hinders its circulation, by thickening the arteries of the body, while also causing tremendous amount of damage to the blood vessels. Over time, this damage begins to affect the nerves, leading to loss of sensation, which increases as the disease grows more flagrant.

The vascular tissue plays a primary role in the auditory process, and when damaged by diabetes, brings about an immediate decline in the individual's auditory capacity. The nerve damage that diabetes brings about is further amplified by the narrowness of the capillaries in this region, which causes severe micro-vascular damage to the inner ear. The outer ear is no exception to this diabetes-induced trauma, with the ear-cells responsible to magnifying sounds traced by the cochlea being gradually destroyed as diabetes continues to wreck havoc on the individual's body.

Auditory damage can be detected only when the cochlea is inspected which, given its positioning inside the temporal lobe is impossible unless the individual is surgically examined. Further, the brainstem and cortex which determine the extent of damage to the neural pathways are also obscured to the naked eye, which makes surgery the only feasible option if this complication is to be diagnosed.

Diabetes brought-about hearing loss is also very hard to gauge, in spite of the fact that individual's auditory functioning may be a lot lower than the clinically determined optimal levels. And thus, even while clinical tests may prove otherwise, the individual continues to suffer from auditory damage until the condition is exacerbated to its most severe, treating which proves to be a lot more difficult than curbing this condition at its nascent phase would be.

The auditory damage caused by diabetes also encompasses a deeper rooted stance where the functioning of the auditory nerve is affected, hindering the responsiveness of the brain to auditory signals relayed from the cochlea. And so, when an individual has to grapple with complex auditory patterns like speech, his brain finds it difficult to assimilate them, making communication an uphill and tedious process.

As of today, the most effective way to counter this auditory damage is to schedule a regular pattern of testing with your physician. This simple step will go a long way in allowing you to arrest any signs of hearing loss before it progresses to its more severe and even permanent stage. However, preventing this complication from arising at all is a lot easier and less stressful than waiting for this condition to arise before taking any curative steps. And hence, if you are still lax about keeping your blood glucose within the prescribed range, there's no better time than right now to the diabetic principles of monitoring your dietary intake, exercise, medication and regular testing of your blood glucose. Assume responsibility of your diabetes today - it will go a long way in ascertaining a long, healthy and fulfilling life!
About the Author
Julia Hanf author of the book How To Play the Diabetes Diet Game and Win Through a real life crisis Julia figured out how to live diabetes free. Visit http://www.yourdiabetescure.com and learn more about your solution for diabetes.
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