Hmmm...came across this and thought others might be interested as well.....
The Connection: Allergy, Asthma and Diabetes
Posted on January 23, 2012
A Really Great Article by Atul N. Shah, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI, (Medical Director, www.Center4AsthmaAllergy.com; Author, ALLERGY. You Asked, We Answered).
...Two of the well-known contributing and exacerbating factors common to allergies, asthma and diabetes are stress and Vitamin D deficiency. They are known to modify the disease process and its severity. Correcting the physical, mental and emotional stress has positive effects on these conditions. Vitamin D levels, if low, will need to be corrected to get better control on asthma as well as diabetes. The diet and supplements rich in Omega 3 and probiotics are also showing promising results in improving allergies, asthma and diabetes.
Diabetics who have environmental allergies and/or asthma definitely need special precautions. If the allergic conditions are not well controlled and if the initial asthma symptoms are ignored, these conditions may not respond to conventional medications. In these situations, patients require oral or injectable corticosteroids for controlling asthma and allergies. The use of corticosteroids will increase blood sugar levels and will also reflect in hemoglobin A1C level. Diabetes supplies will need to be used more frequently to monitor blood sugar and medications for diabetes may require adjustment.
If the environmental triggers are identified through allergy tests (blood tests or skin tests), this will help decide the steps necessary to avoid them. Mattress and pillow covers to protect against the dust mites and keeping the pets outside the bedroom can be very effective. Limiting outdoor activities when the pollen is high and keeping the windows closed during these times is also helpful to people with pollen allergy.
These simple steps can reduce the allergy symptoms and the need for medications. If the allergies are managed with these proactive steps, the use of oral corticosteroids can be avoided. Avoidance of the use of corticosteroid will also help prevent blood sugar spikes in people with diabetes
When we put all this information together, we can make the following recommendations. If you have diabetes and allergic asthma, consider the steps that will improve your quality of life.
1, Learn more about allergies, asthma and diabetes
2, Use your diabetes supplies regularly to monitor blood sugar
3, Get tested for allergies, through skin tests or blood tests. Know your triggers AND
4, Take the necessary steps to avoid allergy triggers
5, Learn to manage physical, mental and emotional stress
6, Get your Vitamin D levels checked. Ask your doctor for Vitamin D supplements if needed.
7, Discuss Omega3 and probiotic supplements with your healthcare team.
8, Recognize the early signs and symptoms of allergies and asthma. Ask for professional help.