Saturday, May 8th, 2021
Diabetes is becoming an increasingly common disease, now considered to be an epidemic. What may be surprising for some, is that India is now considered the Diabetes Capital of the world.
The World Health Organization estimates there will be a 200% percent increase in the number of people with diabetes, within the next 15 years.
So what everyone needs to do, is educate themselves more about diabetes, including but not limited to:
• What diabetes is and what the most common symptoms are
• What causes diabetes?
• What conditions are tied to it?
• Know how a healthy diet can control diabetes
• Know all of the diabetes myths and facts out there
• What type of foods should diabetics eat
What Exactly Is Diabetes and What Are It’s Common Symptoms?
Diabetes is a reference point on how much sugar is in the bloodstream.
For many, when discussing diabetes, most know it’s about insulin levels, but are not familiar with how diabetes and insulin are related.
The pancreas is the organ that releases the insulin hormone.
The insulin’s job is to break the glucose and sugar down that’s found in the food that’s consumed, and send it to the cells.
The cells then use it for fuel, to energize the various bodily functions along with other requirements.
Those With Diabetes
Those who are diagnosed with being diabetic, do not have enough insulin in their body for the cells to respond to.
This is known as insulin resistance.
Once this happens, the blood’s glucose levels increases significantly.
What it then does is causes an array of health issues such as:
• An increased risk of eyesight issues, especially at night. This may potentially lead to glaucoma or blindness
• The feet becomes susceptible to sores and infections, and at times amputation may even become necessary
• Diabetes is considered a silent killer since it hinders the body from controlling blood pressure and cholesterol levels. This can lead to heart attacks and stroke
• An overabundance of sugar in the body can lead to nerve damage, that also results in tinging, loss of sensation and pain
• Kidney damage can occur, if the blood glucose levels stay high for too long
So Do You Have Diabetes?
If this concerns you, there’s no point of panicking just yet!
Yes, it can be a little scary, but slight alterations in your lifestyle and diet can usually reverse the trend.
There is however no permanent cure for diabetes, but following a proper diet and getting regular exercise (and injecting insulin when needed) can keep it under control.
If you notice any of these common symptoms of diabetes, seek help right away to find out if you have it:
• Blurry vision
• Constant thirst
• Constant urination
• Excessive hunger
The key to remember when it comes to diabetes, is that it will slowly develop over time.
With awareness and discipline, you can live a long healthy life.