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This effect was present despite increased weight, which is typically associated with a protective effect on bone mineralization. Prescription indication may have influenced the findings as gabapentin is commonly used for indications other than epilepsy including pain. Lamotrigine monotherapy treatment in young women with epilepsy was not associated with bone loss (22) or significant findings in calcium or markers of bone resorption and bone formation (59). A limited preliminary clinical study found no effects (61), but a rat study suggests there may be changes in bone quality secondary to low-dose levetiracetam administration (34). As carbonic anhydrase inhibitors, they can promote a renal acidosis resulting in among other things secondary abnormalities in bone. Interestingly though, carbonic anhydrase also potentiates the action of osteoclasts and inhibitors may have a bone-sparing effect. This hypothesis is supported by findings in women with glaucoma treated with acetazolamide, another carbonic anhydrase inhibitor (62). Finally, a double-blind randomized preliminary study of topiramate as treatment for obesity did not find significant changes in bone turnover markers compared to placebo controls (63). Guo and collaborators examined the effect of lamotrigine (16 children), valproate (28 children), or a combination of the two (4 children) in children aged 3 to 17 with epilepsy (54). They found that treatment with valproate or lamotrigine for more than 2 years was associated with short stature, low bone mass, and reduced bone formation. The authors reasonably suggest that calcium homeostasis would be expected to be more generally linked with whole bone mineralization rather than site-specific changes. Limitations of this study are the presence of a lower range of body height (below the 10th percentile) in 43% of the patients. The authors suggest that lower physical activity in their Valproate Early reports evaluating indices of bone and mineral metabolism in patients on valproate found no significant abnormalities (46,53,54). Interestingly, valproate was associated with a higher risk of fracture in a population-based epidemiologic study (39). All subjects were ambulatory and had similar physical activity and calcium intake. Growth stature and pubertal stage were studied in girls receiving oxcarbazepine and carbamazepine (65). The authors did not study bone mineralization directly but looked at body height as an indirect measure of bone growth. Individuals with evidence of vitamin D insufficiency (30 ng/mL) require vitamin D supplementation. Given the variability of the vitamin D supplementation, it is difficult to apply these results to clinical practice. There are currently no definitive evidence-based guidelines for calcium and vitamin D supplementation for persons with epilepsy. It is, however, recommended that all persons receive at least the recommended daily allowance (Table 46. Higher doses are also recommended for persons with osteoporosis or osteomalacia (68) (see Table 46. For instance hormone replacement therapy may be useful in a menopausal woman with other significant symptoms including hot flashes. However, if the woman has epilepsy she may be at risk for increased seizure activity (69). Once a low-intensity fracture has occurred the chance of further fractures increases. Persons with epilepsy appear to have an increased risk for fracture due to trauma from both seizures and from fallrelated fractures that are not seizure-related. Fractures in persons with epilepsy not directly caused by seizures frequently occur in the lower leg, ankles, and feet (70). Notably, phenytoin use has been identified as a risk factor for fractures (6), which may be explained by its narrow therapeutic window as well as its effect on bone metabolism. Incidence of fractures among epilepsy patients: a population-based retrospective cohort study in the General Practice Research Database. International Society for Clinical Densitometry 2007 Adult and Pediatric Official Positions. Decreased bone mass and increased bone turnover with valproate therapy in adults with epilepsy.
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Quinine was the first effective treatment for malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum, appearing in therapeutics in the 17th century. It remained the antimalarial drug of choice until the 1940s, when other drugs replaced it. Since then, many effective antimalarials have been introduced, although quinine is still used to treat the disease in certain critical situations. It is sometimes also used in the treatment of lupus erythematodes and rheumatoid arthritis (Kaufman & Rъveda, 2005). Quinine-induced hypoglycemia is dose-dependent and, several fatal cases of hypoglycemia by the treatment of tropical malaria were reported. Quinine sulfate causes hypoglycemia also in nondiabetic patients, particular by increasing insulin release. Quinine is excreted by the kidneys, so the presence of chronic kidney disease increases the risk of quinine-induced hypoglycemia (Harats et al, 1984). Structure of quinine Quinidine is a stereoisomer of quinine, and it acts as a class I antiarrhythmic agent in the heart. The effect of blocking the fast inward sodium influx causes decrease of the cardiac action potential in the phase 0 of the heart depolarization (Jones et al. It is also used in ventricular arrhythmia and supraventricular arrhythmia that might follow myocardial infarctions. Disopyramide is an analogue of quinidine and hence has similar effects, that means, it stimulates insulin secretion and may lead to hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia. It is excreted by the kidneys, therefore older patients and patients with chronic kidney disease using this drug are at risk of hypoglycemic episodes (Cacoub et al. Sertraline is primarily used to treat major depression in adult outpatients as well as obsessivecompulsive, panic, and social anxiety disorders in both adults and children. The most likely mechanism of potentiating effect of antidiabetic agents is inhibition of cytochrome P-450. Sertraline treatment may have potentiated hypoglycemia-induced epinephrine secretion by a direct action in the adrenal medulla (Pollak et al. Vacor is a potent b-cell toxin that initially produces severe hypoglycemia by washing out stored insulin, followed by complete destruction of b-cells and fatal diabetes. It is suggested that the mechanism of Vacor toxicity involves niacinamide antagonism (Johnson et al, 1980) 2. The most common substance of abuse/dependence in patients presenting for treatment is alcohol. Unintentional injuries alone account for about one third of deaths, while neuropsychiatric conditions account for approximately 40% of the 58. Alcohol consumption is the leading risk factor for disease burden in low mortality developing countries and the third largest risk factor in developed countries (White et al. At a societal level, the European Union is the heaviest-drinking region in the world, with over one fifth of the European population aged 15 years and above reporting heavy episodic drinking (five or more drinks on an occasion, or 50g alcohol) at least once a week (Fig 6). Alcohol consumption in the world (litres per capita) Heavy episodic drinking is widespread across all ages and all of Europe, and not only among young people or those from northern Europe. Alcohol consumption has health and social consequences via intoxication (drunkenness), alcohol dependence, and other biochemical effects of alcohol. Overall there is a causal relationship between alcohol consumption and more Drugs and Hypoglycemia 143 than 60 types of disease and injury. Alcohol is estimated to cause about 2030% of oesophageal cancer, liver cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, homicide, epileptic seizures, and motor vehicle accidents worldwide. Although alcoholism is a very common condition, alcohol related hypoglycemia is a relative rare complication of alcohol abuse. In one older clinical study authors proved that alcohol associated hypoglycemia at an emergency department constituted only 0. On the other hand, only a few hypoglycemic clinical features are exhibited other like coma, and many symptoms and signs of hypoglycemia are identical to those of alcohol intake.
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There are several characteristic features identifying the central sulcus, three of which are shown in the cartoon of Figure 13. Most easily identified is the so-called "hand knob," which assumes the form of an upside-down omega (" ") on axial images (38). Due to anatomic variation, this feature sometimes assumes the shape of a horizontal epsilon (" "), rather than the inverted omega (38). Another confirmatory feature of the "hand knob" on the sagittal plane is that it appears as if forming a backwards "hook" (see. A second helpful landmark is the topology of the superior central gyrus, which is easily seen running along an anteriorposterior direction along the medial frontal lobe, and whose posterior margin is the precentral gyrus. Identification of the precentral gyrus is further aided by demarcation of the pre- and postcentral sulci. Shown as overlaid white line segments are the "omega" of the hand knob (left image) and the pars marginalis "smile" (middle image). The middle image also demonstrates the architecture of the superior frontal gyrus terminating posteriorly in the precentral gyrus. The right image displays the backwards "hook" as described in the text-this feature is appreciated on sagittal images passing through the hand knob. The shape of the sulcus in this area is often described as that of an upside-down omega (" "). Highfrequency (50 to 60 Hz) stimulus series result in slower, tonic contralateral motor responses (45). Intraoperative application of electrical stimulation mapping under local or general anesthesia provides the most direct and easy way to localize the perirolandic cortex in most adults (46). When local anesthesia is used, motor responses are usually evoked with currents of 2 to 4 mA. Sensory responses are elicited with stimulation of the postcentral gyrus, often at slightly lower thresholds (47). Electrical cortical stimulation studies uncover the individual variability in the topographic organization of sensorimotor maps in humans with structurally normal anatomy (48). The importance of direct cortical stimulation studies in patients with lesions and/or epileptogenic foci encroaching on the sensorimotor cortex cannot be overemphasized (49). The left and right ascending rami appear on axial images as bilaterally paired paramedian features that together form the shape of a "bracket" or "smile" (39). This characteristic appearance is often preserved over multiple axial slices and can be used to identify the central sulcus, and differentiate it from the adjacent postcentral sulcus. The resulting motor maps show an orderly arrangement with the tongue and lips near the sylvian fissure and the thumb, digits, arm, and trunk represented successively along the central sulcus, ending with the leg, foot, and toes on the mesial surface. The somatotopic organization of the motor cortex is not fixed and can be altered during motor learning or after injury (43). Muscle groups involved in fine movements feature a disproportionately large representation. Images are provided in coronal oblique reformatted planes that are roughly parallel to the motor strip. The toe, knee, shoulder, and finger tasks employed flexion/extension or tapping at a rate of about 2 per second, using the right-sided limb only. The eye blink, lip (pursing), and tongue (pressing against palate) tasks were bilateral motions performed at a similar rate. Right lower extremity movements are clearly localized along the left superior-medial cortical surfaces, with right upper extremity movements localized along left superior-lateral cortical surfaces. Note bilateral motions from eyes, lips, and tongue show corresponding bilateral activation. Stimulation Studies More than 70 years ago, Foerster was the first to describe motor responses in humans elicited by electrical stimulation of the mesial aspect of the superior frontal gyrus anterior to the primary motor representation of the lower extremity (2). Despite the lack of direct correlation between microstructure and function in humans, the two subdvisions of the premotor area are considered to have homologous counterparts in the human brain. The Montreal studies demonstrated that both positive (such as bilateral motor movements) and negative responses (such as speech arrest) could be elicited by stimulating this region. The intraoperative study of the mesial interhemispheric surface carries significant limitations, because of the tedious and potentially dangerous surgical approach (in proximity to the superior sagittal sinus and its cerebral bridging veins), the restricted amount of time, and the relative difficulty in recognizing the specific gyral landmarks during surgery in this region. With the advent of subdural electrodes, the Cleveland Clinic series of extraoperative stimulation studies showed that positive motor responses were not restricted to the mesial aspect of the superior frontal gyrus, but could also be elicited from its dorsal convexity, the lower half of the paracentral lobule, and the precuneus (58).
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Natural Treatments: We strongly recommend a hormone profile to anyone suffering from type 2 diabetes. The patient will suffer much unneeded frustration if their estradiol levels are higher than normal or testosterone levels are depressed. It has been well established that testosterone levels in males have been dropping an average of 1% per year for the past several years. Though research is almost non-existent, there is every reason to believe that the same is true for females. This is largely due to hormones found in meats, as well as pollution from pesticides that contain high amounts of synthetic estrogen and other pollutants that have estrogenic effects. This shuts down testosterone production through a mechanism known as negative feedback. There are also several safe and proven effective natural treatments that may be very beneficial for you to use in your quest to prevent type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance as well as reduce obesity (if that is part of the problem). 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It may be useful to follow the evolution of the disease or the result of treatment. Finally, functional studies may provide insight into the cortical reorganization of speech areas and of motor and somatosensory cortices. Even subtle diffuse atrophic changes were accompanied by marked decreases in cerebral glucose use that, according to the authors, increased diagnostic confidence and aided in the identification of the abnormal hemisphere. During ictal studies, patients had multiple foci of hypermetabolism, indicative of multifocal seizure activity within the affected hemisphere, and never showed such changes in the contralateral one. The findings may be of some help and more sensitive than anatomic neuroimaging early in the disease, but are nonspecific. This hypoperfusion may show some variability depending on fluctuation of the epileptic activity. Ictal studies often show zones of hyperperfusion representing likely areas of more intense seizure activity. Sequential scans may be helpful to follow the progression of the disease (90) or the effect of a treatment (113). These findings were confirmed by Peeling and Sutherland (117) and by Cendes and colleagues (118). Choline is usually elevated, which probably indicates demyelination and increased membrane turnover (98,118,119,122). Myo-inositol, a glial cell marker, was found to be elevated in a small number of patients (98,120,122,123), indicating glial proliferation or prominent gliotic activity. Hypothetically, myo-inositol signal should increase with the progression of the disease. Lactate was almost always elevated, and this increase probably results from ongoing or repetitive focal epileptic activity rather than being a marker of the inflammatory process itself (117119,121). Glutamine and glutamate Chapter 25: Rasmussen Encephalitis (Chronic Focal Encephalitis) 323 levels were also elevated in two patients so far, a finding of interest considering the potential role of excitatory neurotransmitters in the disease (98). Typical histologic findings reported in surgical or autopsy specimens are perivascular lymphocytic cuffing, proliferation of microglial nodules, neuronal loss, and gliosis in the affected hemisphere. The microglial nodules are associated with frequent nonspecific neuronophagia and occur particularly near perivascular cuffs of lymphocytes and monocytes. There is some evidence of spongiosis, but this is not as widespread as in the true spongiform encephalopathies. Finally, the main inflammatory changes are found in the cortex and their intensity is inversely correlated with disease duration, with slow progress toward a "burnt-out" stage (15,21,125). Pathological changes were from early inflammation to extensive neuronal cell death and cavitation, and the presence of T lymphocytes and neuroglial reactions suggested an immunemediated process involving the cerebral cortex and white matter. The observation of the type of inflammatory process found within the lesions has led over the last few years to multifaceted approaches to uncover a possible infectious or immunemediated (humoral or cellular) etiology. In many cases, there is no apparent increase in pre-existent febrile convulsions, or immediately preceding or associated infectious illness. Serologic studies to detect antecedent viral infection have been contradictory or inconclusive (17,126135); the search for a pathogenic virus has so far mostly focused on the herpes virus family; and direct brain tissue analysis has also yielded inconsistent results (17,130,131,134137). It should be noted, however, that a few patients were reported to improve with antiviral therapy (25,139141). GluR3 autoantibodies may cause damage to the brain, and eventually epilepsy, by excitotoxic mechanisms. Another proposed mechanism suggests that GluR3 autoantibodies can cause damage by activating complement cascades that lead to neuronal cell death and inflammation (146,147). These hypotheses prompted a number of open-labeled therapeutic attempts to modulate the immune system of patients, especially by removing or annihilating the circulating pathogenic factors presumably responsible for the disease (68,143,146150). Among cases with no detectable anti-GluR3 antibodies, several were also described to respond well to immunosuppressive treatments (3,19). The reasons for such findings are unknown but the authors speculated that they represented immune responses to a common injury leading one twin to an immune or autoimmune epilepsy disorder.
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Therefore, our findings showing that older people and people taking only oral medication exhibit less time spent in hyperglycemia during the early morning are two completely independent predictors of hyperglycemic episodes and do not influence each other. Secondly, elevated HbA1c levels correlated with the percent time spent in a hyperglycemic state primarily during the early morning time interval. Therefore, patients whose glucose levels were not regulated well in the morning or late night tended to have poorer overall glycemic control as 22 Hypoglycemia Causes and Occurrences measured by HbA1c. Perhaps the reason why the strongest association with HbA1c was "exerted" during the night (between the bedtime and pre-breakfast measurements) was due to the inability to effectively respond to extreme glucose values while asleep. Thus in the absence of an insulin injection (or comparable treatment) to correct for the elevated blood glucose levels, these patients may have an overall higher HbA1c. This indicates the importance of normalizing glucose levels overnight so as to avoid hyper and hypoglycemic states. Future studies are needed to help account for the mechanisms behind both the age and percent time spent in hyperglycemia as well as the use of oral medication and percent time spent in hyperglycemia. Cortisol, for example, has been shown to promote the release of large amounts of glucose into the bloodstream as well as to block the absorption of insulin and it was shown that cortisol increases with age (Larsson et al. Therefore it would be beneficial to look further into this relationship as a means of explaining some of our results. Increased cortisol elevates insulin resistance thereby promoting hyperglycemic episodes that may be reflected in older subjects with presumptive sleep difficulties. This led to treatment overlap between the diabetic types making it difficult to justify analysis based on type of diabetes, so instead the treatment modality was compared. This analytic strategy resulted in the elimination of 15 patients due to their treatment plan using both insulin and oral medications. In summary, this continuous glucose monitoring study presents some novel observations into the relationship between hyperglycemia, advancing age and treatment type. While hypoglycemic episodes may also cause life-threatening situations, prolonged hyperglycemic episodes throughout the night, while asleep, will promote life-threatening sequellae and reduced quality of life. Although the complications of hyperglycemia may not be as instantaneously debilitating or as acute as hypoglycemia, more research is needed to prevent these episodes (Greene et al. By understanding the pathophysiology behind circadian fluctuations of hyperglycemic episodes, physicians may be better able to help patients reduce the frequency and duration of these occurrences and thus reduce the complications that are associated with them. Restoration of hypoglycaemia awareness in patients with longduration insulin-dependent diabetes. Relationship Between Age and Diabetic Treatment Type on the Frequency of Hyperglycemic Episodes Monitored by Continuous Glucose Monitoring 23 Dagogo-Jack, S. Association of hypoglycemia and cardiac ischemia: a study based on continuous monitoring. Frequency of severe hypoglycemia requiring emergency treatment in type 1 and type 2 diabetes: a population-based study of health service resource use. Hypoglycemic episodes and risk of dementia in older patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Aging Alters the Circadian Rhythm Of Glucose Utilization In the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus. Introduction Epidemiological evidence indicates that postprandial hyperglycemia is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease (Bonora & Muggeo, 2001). Improving postprandial glycemic control is considered a target for decreasing the morbidity and mortality due to cardiovascular disease in prediabetic and diabetic individuals. In Asian countries, mulberry leaves are a known traditional medicine for preventing diabetes. Furthermore, we review the efficacy of this extract for postprandial glycemic control through human trials aimed at investigating use of mulberry leaves as food to prevent diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease caused by reduced insulin production or impaired insulin response in target organs. It is associated with genetic background, obesity, unhealthy dietary habits, and physical inactivity. Hyperglycemia-induced oxidative stress causes serious diabetic complications such as diabetic retinopathy, nephropathy, and neuropathy, leading to 26 Hypoglycemia Causes and Occurrences decreased quality of life. Type 2 diabetes increases morbidity and mortality as a result of serious macrovascular complications such as cardiovascular disease (Krolewski et al.