Today there are more than 65 million diagnosed Diabetes patients in our country. Estimates say a further 80 million is not diagnosed or are pre-diabetic. Yes, Diabetes is hitting epidemic proportions and lack of awareness is one of the major reasons for general public not taking Diabetes seriously enough.
So here we give you 5 things that you may not have known about Diabetes.
Diabetes Is Not Caused By Excess Consumption of Sugar
Diabetes is caused either when insulin production in our body is inadequate or our body cells do not respond to insulin well enough. This happens when the insulin producing beta cells in our pancreas is either destroyed or the cells in our body is not responding to the insulin that is currently being produced.
Wait a minute: If you are Diabetic however, you should watch out how much calories you consume to keep your blood sugar under control.
Diabetes Cannot Be Reversed, It Can Only Be Managed
Once you become Diabetic then medication is not going to help you get a permanent cure from Diabetes. You have to learn to manage your blood sugar levels through a combination of medication, proper diet and exercise. Thus maintaining your fitness becomes of paramount importance to help your body delay and prevent the onslaught of Diabetes.
Diabetes When Not Managed Properly Could Form the Root for Multiple Co-Morbidities
Diabetes is the root for multiple other conditions including cardiac issues, kidney failure, skin issues, diabetic foot etc. Some of these facts show how important it is to control your lifestyle when you have Diabetes:
- People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop heart disease than someone without diabetes
- Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working-age adults
- Diabetes is also the leading cause for kidney failure in working adults
Diabetes Does Not Affect Only the Elderly
What used to be considered as elder people’s disease has slowly gotten younger over time due to our poor lifestyles. Today one is at particularly high risk for Diabetes if you are:
- has a family history of Diabetes
- Physically Inactive
- Overweight or Obese
Type 2 Diabetes Often Does Not Have Symptoms
People with Diabetes could have gone anywhere from 2 to 5 years with diabetes without displaying any overt symptoms. All this while high Blood Sugar could have been causing damage to you.
The best way is to keep yourself checked once a year for diabetes especially if you belong to a high-risk group.
A support group is often described as vital in helping to manage Diabetes. Keeping yourself fit and maintaining an active lifestyle will also go a long way to keeping Diabetes at bay and investing that 30 to 45 minutes of workout daily is effectively the best possible manner to keep you insured against Diabetes.
HealthPlix is a technology company working in the Digital Health space to help solve the rising Diabetes challenge. HealthPlix provides a unique platform through which Doctors and Patients can interact over chat, track health vitals and blood sugar values and take proactive preventive measures to manage Patient health condition from developing into other co-morbidities. HealthPlix also provides patients with curated tips to spread awareness on Diabetes and Diet support for free to help patients take meaningful lifestyle choices with confidence.
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