Awareness on Diabetes Contd.
Welcome to the 2nd part of our talk on diabetes. A brief reminder: Diabetes is a condition where the body can no longer keep the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood in check. This leads to a high sugar level.
Diabetes cannot be self diagnosed but some signs to look out for are:
- Increased thirst
- Frequent urination
- Extreme hunger
- Unexplained weight loss
- Presence of ketones in the urine (ketones are byeproducts of the breakdown of muscle and fat. Such a breakdown occurs when there is not enough available insulin)
- Blurred vision
- Slow-healing sores
- Frequent infections, such as gum, skin or vaginal infections.
If you notice any of the above, report to your doctor.
It is important to get checked often and to commence treatment or make lifestyle changes immediately because if left unchecked, diabetes can lead to heart disease, nerve damage, blindness, hearing impairment, kidney failure, and poor healing of wounds, which could in turn result in amputations.
Can consuming excess sugar cause diabetes?
You have probably been warned not to eat so much cake or add so much sugar to your garri. They have a point.
While sugar is not a direct cause of diabetes, it is a risk factor. Other risk factors include being overweight, eating too much processed food, genetics and occasionally, pregnancy.Make it point to spread the message on the need for awareness on diabetes as much as possible. You never know who it might help! Click To Tweet
Tips to reduce your risk level
- Eat balanced diets
- Exercise regularly
- Drink water as your primary beverage
- Eat high-fiber diets
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Quit smoking
- Cut sugar and refined carbs from your diet
- Avoid carbonated drinks
- Minimize your intake of processed foods
As the festivities draw closer, eat and make merry but make your health a priority. Also, make it a point to spread the message on the need for awareness on diabetes as much as possible. You never know who it might help!