14th Novermber is World Diabetes Day

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Diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases in the world. The focus of the WHO (World Health Organization) 2009-2013 theme of World Diabetes Day is prevention of diabetes and education on diabetes. 14th Novermber is a World Diabetes Day. Diabetes is a growing concern for all of us and thus, we should take a step forward to get better informed about this most common yet a chronic disease. By adopting healthier lifestyle, we can prevent diabetes and protect the health of our family members. Read more to know about diabetes, the symptoms of diabetes and the ways to manage diabetes.
Diabetes develops when the body does not produce proper insulin (a hormone produced in the pancreas) or cannot respond to it. In the absence of insulin, sugar level in the blood goes high and causes diabetes. Apart from this, both genetic conditions and environmental factors like inappropriate diet, lack of exercise and obesity cause diabetes.
Eye-opening Statistics

As per the recent case studies published by WHO (World Health Organization)on Diabetes, by 2030 over 80 million Indians will be affected by diabetes. The Times of India article on 6th November also reveals some shocking statistics. In the same article, Dr. Patel (from Ahmadabad, India) has quoted that "In 50 per cent cases, diabetes was diagnosed only when complications had set in. This is alarming considering that 60 per cent people with diabetes remain undiagnosed and do not know they have the disease." Thus, we need to understand the effects of diabetes and start preparing in advance to curtail the risk of diabetes.

Types and Symptoms of Diabetes

There are two main types of Diabetes.

Symptoms of Type 1 diabetes are quite dramatic and show sudden impact. Type 1 diabetes is often recognized in association with some other illness or an injury and it is more common in children and adolescents. Symptoms include Nausea, vomiting, dehydration and serious disturbances in blood levels of potassium.

Symptoms of Type 2 diabetes are subtle and show slow impact. This type of diabetes develops gradually, attributing to obesity and aging. Complications like nerve damage, kidney failure, blindness, heart diseases can develop if this type of diabetes is not treated properly.

Some other common symptoms of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes include excessive eating, thirst and urination, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, poor wound healing, infections, blurry vision, altered mental status.

Preventing Diabetes
Healthy lifestyle can help us prevent the risk of diabetes. Healthy diet and regular exercise can reduce or cut off the need for being on constant medication. Make sure you follow right diet and add movement to your life. Following simple yet effective tips will aid you prevent diabetes.

  • Eat well-balanced diet that includes servings of vegetables, whole grains, fruits, milk, meat. Avoid fatty foods, desserts and alcohol
  • Exercise is a part of preventing diabetes. By exercising you can lower your cholesterol, and maintain good health
  • Get a regular check-up done. Glucose control is must. Consult your physician on a regular basis

Diabetes can be controlled. Try preventing it. With prevention, you can enjoy many more sweet moments with your family. Take care and live longer.

Thanks to : ICICI Lombard

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