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By Dr K Ravi Kiran
Consultant General Physician
Published on 14/11/2022

On this world diabetes day 2022, let's spread awareness on diabetes and its types, symptoms and treatments with lifestyle changes.

Did you know?
Diabetes is estimated to affect one out of every ten persons globally.

World Diabetes Day is held on November 14 every year to raise global awareness about diabetes mellitus with the primary goal of making the world aware of Diabetes and its types, symptoms, and treatments.

Let's Go Sugar-Free And Be Diabetes-Free!

To mark World Diabetes Day this year, the theme is "Education To Protect Tomorrow." The day highlights the need to increase access to high-quality diabetes education.

Type II diabetes has reached epidemic proportions, while type I diabetes, commonly known as Juvenile Diabetes, is a global health concern.This day promotes a healthy, active lifestyle, which is necessary to lower the risk of having this condition.

The main aim of World Diabetes Day 2022 is to raise awareness of the impact diabetes has on families and to promote the role of the family in diabetes management, care, prevention, and education.

Understanding Diabetes!

Diabetes is a long-term health disorder that affects how the body converts food into energy and results in high blood glucose levels. This happens when the body either doesn't create enough insulin or doesn't use the insulin efficiently as it should. When insufficient insulin is produced, or cells stop reacting to insulin, excess blood sugar stays in the body, leading to significant health problems such as kidney disease, heart disease, and vision loss over time.

Diabetes medication, self-management, education and support, and maintaining health care appointments can help reduce the risk of diabetes.

Know the types of diabetes

  1. 1. Type 1 Diabetes: Type 1 diabetes is brought on by an autoimmune response that prevents the body from producing insulin. Type 1 diabetes affects about 5-10% of people with diabetes. This is a common diagnosis among children, teenagers, and young adults.
  2. 2. Type 2 Diabetes: The body does not use insulin properly in type 2 diabetes and cannot maintain normal blood sugar levels. It develops over time and is commonly diagnosed in adults. Because the symptoms are not noticeable, it is important to have blood sugar levels tested.
  3. 3. Gestational Diabetes: Gestational Diabetes can occur in pregnant women who have never had diabetes. If the mother has gestational diabetes, the baby may be at greater risk of health complications. This diabetes usually resolves once the baby is born, but it raises the chance of acquiring type 2 diabetes later in life.
  4. 4. Prediabetes: This stage comes before type 2 diabetes. However, blood glucose levels in prediabetes are higher than normal but are not diagnosed as type 2 diabetes.

Early detection is critical for all types of diabetes. It can save lives, prevent medical emergencies, and lower the risk of life-altering complications later on. That's why we want to ensure everyone knows the warning symptoms and their risk of acquiring type 2 diabetes.

1 in 5 people doesn't know they have diabetes! What about you? Are you at risk?

Here are the early signs of diabetes:

Means to control and tackle diabetes

Lifestyle changes can help to prevent the onset of the disease if people have prediabetes, which is high blood sugar that has not yet led to a diabetes diagnosis. Maintaining blood sugar levels within the doctor's advised range can be challenging, and that's because various factors can cause blood sugar levels to change, often without warning.
The most prevalent form of diabetes, type 2, can be stopped with lifestyle changes. Prevention is essential if you already have type 2 diabetes or are at an elevated risk of developing it. Incorporating the following lifestyle changes can help control diabetes.

  1. 1. Lose extra weight
  2. 2. Be more physically active
  3. 3. Eat healthy plant foods
  4. 4. Eat healthy fats
  5. 5. Medication and monitoring

Timely check-ups and lifestyle changes can greatly impact how this condition is treated and help millions of people overcome this issue. This World Diabetes Day 2022, Say NO to Diabetes.

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