Desun Today : April 2016 - DIABETES
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Diabetes is a Lifestyle disease. As yet, there is no cure. People with diabetes need to manage their disease to stay healthy.
Diabetes is referred to the number of diseases that involve problems with the hormone insulin. Normally, the pancreas releases insulin to help the body store and use the sugar and fat from the food consumed.
Do you know ?
- Diabetes can lead to heart diseases
- Diabetes can lead to eye complications even blindness
- Diabetes can lead to kidney diseases, nerve damages and many more complications
WHEN DOES IT OCCUR?
Diabetes occurs :
- When the pancreas does not produce adequate insulin
- When the pancreas produces no insulin
- When the body does not respond appropriately to insulin
TYPES OF DIABETES
TYPE 1 DIABETES
Usually it appears in children, teenagers or young adults, but can also be diagnosed later in life. It can be controlled by keeping the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood by insulin therapy.
TYPE 2 DIABETES
Most common form of diabetes and it has been described as an epidemic. It is associated with obesity, genetic risk factors and inactivity. It can be controlled by keeping blood sugar within a normal range.
Any pregnant woman can develop gestational diabetes. Women older than age 25 are at increased risk. Gestational Diabetes is hereditary. Overweight increases risk
SYMPTOMS OF DIABETES
- Increased thirst
- Frequent urination
- Extreme hunger
- Unexplained weight loss
- Blurred vision
- Slow-healing sores
- Frequent infections.
HOW TO CONTROL DIABETES?
- Check the sugar level regularly
- Control the calorie intake
- Exercise regularly for at least 30 minutes a day
- Stop smoking