Taking a stand against diabetes
Do you feel thirsty all the
time? Do you frequently urinate? Do you have sores
or wounds in your body that do not heal easily? Do
you get tired easily? If you answered yes to most of these
questions, then you might consider checking up with your doctor.
If you already
have diabetes, then early detection can help you manage the
disease. If you do not have diabetes, then it is time to eat
and live right to prevent the disease from affecting you.
The previously mentioned
conditions are some of the common symptoms of a chronic disease known
as Diabetes. It is a serious illness which may not generally
cause death, but can lead to more serious health problems that may lead
Diabetes occurs when there is too
much sugar or glucose in the bloodstream. Having this
condition for a long period can lead to complications that may affect
the body's important organs like the heart, eyes, and kidneys.
can be classified as Type 1, Type 2 or Gestational.
Type 1 Diabetes affects both
adults and children. Under this type, the body cannot
properly use a hormone called insulin. The body's immune system harms
the cells making insulin, resulting in a low insulin
level. The condition of having a high sugar level with low
insulin level can cause serious health problems.
Type 2 Diabetes can be managed
with proper exercise and good eating habits. Maintaining an
ideal weight is advisable because too much body fat and inactivity
makes it harder for the body to use insulin. Under this type, the body
is still able to make insulin but it cannot be used efficiently by the
Gestational Diabetes is found
among pregnant women. This disease can make pregnancy more
difficult than it already is. Those who are diagnosed with
this type of Diabetes are in the high risk sector, of getting
the second type. In normal pregnant women, their pancreas
produces enough insulin that keeps the body's sugar level.
However there are women whose pancreas are not able to produce enough
insulin, resulting in gestational
diabetes. Women with gestational diabetes need
extra care, requiring a healthy diet and regular check ups.
However, gestational diabetes usually disappears after giving birth and
the baby is born without the disease. Among women who are at
risk of gestational diabetes are those who are over 30 years old, have
big babies during previous pregnancies, family history of diabetes and
of course, the weight factor.
A person who has diabetes or is
at risk of getting diabetes should start living a life that is geared
towards diabetes prevention. To be able to do this, a person
must know the factors that may be used to control or manage the disease.
Weight is an important factor in the control and management of
diabetes, with those on the heavy side at a higher risk of getting
diabetes. Keeping one's body fit and healthy is
a good way of avoiding diabetes and other diseases.
This can be done by avoiding bad habits like smoking. One can
also try to be more active by exercising regularly. Monitoring one's
blood pressure is also important.
The good news is, one can help
avoid and prevent diabetes by resorting to a healthy
lifestyle. However, there are factors that cannot be
controlled and which can lead to getting diabetes, no matter
what. One's heredity is an important factor in
being a candidate for diabetes. And no matter how one keeps a
healthy lifestyle, people who are 40 years old and above are at risk of
getting Type 2 Diabetes. But then again, a healthy lifestyle
will always help in preventing the disease.
A person who exhibits any of the symptoms of the disease or who belongs
to the high-risk group like having family members who have diabetes,
should have themselves examined by a doctor as soon as
Among the tests to assess a
person's risks of getting diabetes are the glucose test, urine test,
fasting plasma glucose test which measures the level of glucose in a
person's blood after fasting for 12 to 14 hours, the oral glucose
tolerance test which is also performed after fasting for three hours
and the random plasma glucose test which can be done at any time.
The number of persons getting the
disease has been increasing in the past years, due to poor eating
habits, increasing inactivity and other factors that could have been
prevented. Having yourself checked for diabetes can help you
understand the disease. But no matter what you do to manage
your diabetes, it would have been better if you were able to prevent it
from affecting you.