As World Diabetes Day is celebrated on the 14th of November, Americans are strongly recommended to check the public health care guidelines on diabetes symptoms.
They also contain reliable information on how to prevent the onset of diabetes. Based on the latest statistics, around 2.28-million people currently have diabetes across South Africa.
Unfortunately, many people are unaware that they are living with diabetes. Being unaware of this condition can lead to severe complications, especially cardiovascular conditions. Diabetes is a disease which is triggered when the patient’s body cannot transform glucose from foods into energy.
Diabetes is divided into Type 1 and 2. The first form develops when the pancreas no longer produces the blood sugar hormone, known as insulin. This hormone has a crucial role in lowering glucose levels in the blood.
Type 1 diabetes has a higher prevalence in adults under thirty, and it can be passed from generation to another. Although the discovery of insulin treatment has made this condition manageable, it is widely spread nowadays.
The primary reason lies in the fact that patients no longer die of diabetes, so they pass it through their sons and daughters. On the other hand, type 2 diabetes occurs when insulin doesn’t function well.
It is worth mentioning that Type 2 is more commonly encountered than the first form, and most patients are not even aware that they are living with this condition. Health experts strongly recommend people to seek medical attention in case they might be experiencing any symptoms related to diabetes.
They include itching skin, numbness in feet or hands, slow-healing bruises and cuts, recurring infections, lack of energy, extreme fatigue, blurred vision, strange weight loss, frequent urination, and excessive thirst.
Although diabetes is incurable, diabetes can keep it under control by improving their lifestyle. According to dietitian Cheryl Meyer, regular meals are the best way to prevent and control this condition.
Regular exercises can reduce blood glucose level. Go for at least 150 minutes of exercises every week. They will help you reduce stress and maintain an average weight.
Obesity is one of the leading factors influencing the development of diabetes. Therefore, healthy dietary habits and fitness will significantly reduce the risk of developing this condition.
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