WORLD DIABETES DAY


Today is World Diabetes Day, which is being observed under the theme: The family and Diabetes. Lack of proper awareness campaigns is a major contributor to the spread of chronic illness. According to the International Diabetes Federation, by 2035, almost 600 million of us may be with diabetes. 415 million adults have diabetes. By 2040 this will rise to 642 million.

Since its all about family and diabetes, this year lets support and help them. If your loved one is a diabetic then so are you. Eat healthier, sleep earlier and exercise together. Don't let a diabetic suffer alone. Not only are you reducing your risk of diabetes you are also making life easier for the person you love.

MYTHS ABOUT DIABETES



1. Eating sugar causes diabetes. Eating sugar alone doesn't cause diabetes, but it may be a contributing factor in some cases

2. Carbohydrates are the enemy. It is not carbohydrate themselves, but the type of carbohydrate and the quantity of carb that you eat that is important for those with diabetes


3. Fruit is bad. There are no forbidden fruits on a diabetes diet. While it is true that some fruit contain more than others, you can enjoy any of them if you stick to the proper portion



4. Sugar-free products are healthy. Be sure to check the nutritional label for the total carbohydrate content


WHO CAN GET DIABETES?

Diabetes can occur in anyone. However, people who have close relatives with the disease are somewhat more likely to develop it.

There are three types of diabetes

Type 1 diabetes happens when the body doesn't produce enough insulin

Symptoms are;
1. Frequent urination
2. Thirst
3. Weight loss
4. Tiredness

Type 2 diabetes happens when the body can't use insulin well.

Symptoms are;
1. Frequent Urination Could Be Related to Diabetes
2. Increased Thirst or a Dry Mouth May Signal Diabetes
3. Unexpected Weight Loss
4. Feeling Hungry All the Time Also May Be a Diabetes Symptom
5. Foot Pain and Numbness May Be a Sign of Diabetic Neuropathy
6. Frequent Infections and Feminine Health Issues Could Mean Diabetes
7. Blurred Vision Could Be a Result of Rapid Blood Sugar Changes

Gestational is high blood sugar occurring due to pregnancy

HOW TO PREVENT DIABETES

1. Eating a vegan (wholefood plant-based) diet can help keep diabetes in check
2. Watch your intake of fats
3. Cut back on sugar
4. Reduce salt
5. Drink lots of water
6. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation
7. Adopt a healthy diet and exercising can prevent it.

KEEP YOUR BLOOD SUGAR LEVEL MODERATE, DOING REGULAR CHECKUPS AND KEEPING FIT IS A NECESSITY. YOUR HEALTH IS YOUR WEALTH.

Credits: World Health Organization

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