Diabetes, in the modern world of technology and sedentary lifestyle, becomes one of the most common diseases a person can get.When blood sugar level rises high enough over an extended of time, this condition, when taken lightly, will lead to diabetes. If not given attention, this disease will eventually lead to a multitude of serious health problems. Heart failure, stroke, foot ulcers, eye damage, chronic kidney failure etc. are only a number of its serious complications when not treated with immediate care. So how will you know if you have diabetes and what will you do if you find out that you have it? Read more from this article to find out more information regarding this lifestyle disease. As long as your diabetes is not that serious, there’s a lot of things you can do to keep it at bay.
It’s absolutely a difficult and demanding when dealing with diabetes. But fret not, although a tough battle, there are many ways you can do to fight this condition instead of waving the white flag and just let it be. While being incurable, diabetes can be controlled. It might be a long and tough battle but people who have positive approach and determination always have a better chance of winning. Anyway, here’s some of the things you can do once you found out you have diabetes.
What is diabetes? Instead of jumping through symptoms and treatments, let’s first know what is and how you got diabetes. Understanding your disease and knowing it may probably help you with your battle ahead. Diabetes is a cluster of metabolic disease wherein the sugar level increases over a long period of time. To be more specific, diabetes is basically a disease involving the hormone secreted by the pancreas called Insulin. This hormones’ key function is to absorb glucose (derived from sugar) from the blood and turns it into skeletal muscle cells and fat. If the pancreas is unable to produce insulin, the level of blood sugar elevates, thus giving birth to the disease called Diabetes. Early warning and troublesome signs of having diabetes are polyphagia (increased appetite), polydipsia (increased thirst and fluid intake) and polyuria (increased urge of urinating).
3 Types of Diabetes
Diabetes has been categorized into three different types. Here’s the list.
The most common type of diabetes us the Type-2 category. People diagnosed with this type are those with an insufficient supply of insulin from the pancreas for its appropriate function. People with insulin resistance even though the pancreas is producing enough insulin also falls on the type-2 category. This disease is so common that almost all or 90 percent of the diabetic patients falls into this category. This, however, can be controlled by living a healthy lifestyle, proper exercise, a good diet plan, and regular blood sugar tests. When untreated and not given proper attention, the problem gets worse over time and eventually leads to patients taking insulin tablets or injections.
Unlike the type-2 category, type-1 diabetes can be considered a very serious health risk. People diagnosed with type-1 diabetes are those that doesn’t produce insulin at all. Also known as insulin-dependent diabetes, early-onset diabetes or juvenile diabetes; this is common to people who are 40 years old and above but sometimes significant signs are seen on early teenage years to adulthood as well. This type of diabetes is not so common that only 10 percent of diabetes cases fall under this category. People diagnosed with type-1 diabetes live their entire life dependent on insulin shots, taking special diet plans and regular blood sugar tests.
Gestational diabetes is a category of diabetes that happens only to women because this happens only during pregnancy. There are instances that pregnant women were unable to produce insulin that leads to skyrocketing blood sugar levels. This can be controlled through regular exercise and proper diet. Although not a very serious category, it should not be taken lightly. Always remember that prevention is better than cure.
The Warning Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes
People tend to overlook clear signs and symptoms of health problems. But when talking about diabetes, you should never disregard even the smallest indicator that your body is trying to say to you. While the signs are clear on Type-1 diabetes, symptoms of Type-2 diabetes develop slowly so you really need to know the alarming signs. If ever you are feeling some of the signs listed below, it’s possible that you have diabetes.
- Always Hungry and Fatigued
- Blurry Vision
- Always having the urge to urinate and always thirsty
- Dry mouth and Skin itching
- Legs or feet are getting numb and sometimes accompanied by pain
- Slow healing cuts and sores
- Yeast Infection
- Nausea and vomiting
- Unexplained weight loss
When to Call Your Doctor
If you are at around 40 years of age or more and have been experiencing at least some of the symptoms listed below, do not delay, not even a moment, consult your doctor immediately because the more time you procrastinate, the worse your condition may get.
Alarming Symptoms of Diabetes
- Uncontrollable urges of urination
- Severe stomach pains
- Always thirsty, feeling weak and sick to your stomach
- You breath faster than normal
- Your breath stinks of nail paint remover
People diagnosed with diabetes tend to have a hard time controlling the disease. Although hard to keep it at bay, it’s very possible to make it under control. There is a multitude of activities and methods to properly take care of yourself and be the person in charge of your overall health condition. Listed below are the most effective approach to controlling diabetes.
- Test you blood sugar level regularly
- Have a regular checkup with your doctor. They will always give you advice regarding your current condition.
- Whenever things get a bit off, take insulin shots or oral medications if needed. It always best to consult first with your doctor before doing so.
- Get in shape and lose that fat. Stay away from unhealthy foods.
- Get regular exercise. Walking is a good exercise.
- Plan your meals. Keeping a healthy diet can definitely help you control diabetes. Ask a nutritionist to make a proper diet plan specifically for you.
- Always keep your stress on the low. Stress, as we all know, inhibits lots of negative impact on our overall health condition. So learn to manage it.
Now that you already know your enemy and how to contain it, you can battle it out with ease. Always keep in mind that your determination and your positive approach to your condition will definitely pay off. Moderation in everything you do is key to controlling diabetes. It’s a tough battle, but not impossible to overcome. Fight it and live happily.