Five Silent Signs That You Have Type 2 Diabetes


Jordan said many people can have diabetes for years without knowing it, but understanding your risk factors can help identify the condition sooner.

The NHS defines diabetes as a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high.

"I enjoy helping out at the Roadshows and other events and am delighted to have the chance to hit the 1,000th mark this year". However, type 2 diabetes is typically a progressive disease -it gradually gets worse - and the patient will probably end up taking insulin. Speak to your primary care physician about steps you can take to prevent diabetes and maintain good health.

And Heyman added that's one of the most frustrating parts of living with type 1 diabetes.

As per the global Diabetes Federation (2013), approximately 50 per cent of all people with diabetes live in just three countries - China (98.4 million), India (65.1 million) and the U.S. (24.4 million). But with Type 1, people have no control over their diagnosis because it is an autoimmune destruction of the body's insulin. One Mayo Clinic study showed people who lost 7% of their body weight and exercised regularly reduced their risk of developing diabetes by nearly 60%.

Dr. Khalid Mehmood Khan, who is a specialist of diabetes, said diabetes was on the rise in Pakistan and there is an urgent need to start awareness campaigns about it. About a query of the diabetes occurring in children and teenagers he was of the view that the situation was alarming. Optimal carb counts vary, but the American Diabetes Association recommends starting with 45 to 60 grams of carbohydrates per meal, and tweaking depending on your body's response. Pre-diabetes, on the other hand, is when blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.

Regular intake of insulin is a must for patients suffering from type 1 diabetes
Regular intake of insulin is a must for patients suffering from type 1 diabetes

If diabetes goes unmanaged or uncontrolled - there are therapies and dietary and lifestyle changes that can help control blood sugar levels - it can damage blood vessels, the kidneys, eyes, skin and hearing. The most devastating aspect of diabetes is that, nearly half of the people suffering from it do not know that they have the disease.

Diabetes is commonly known as high blood sugar levels. Every year, about 1.5 million people die from complications of the disease. By 2025, more than 12.8 million people will have diabetes in Pakistan. Once diabetes is confirmed further follow up is based on fasting and post lunch blood sugar and HBA1C (Glycosylated Hemoglobin) levels.

Educate and update yourself with the latest findings and information’s available on diabetes management through studying, collecting and sharing information also attending and learning from diabetes awareness programs conducted by Qatar's highly committed healthcare system. However, it is not yet proven that too much sugar directly causes diabetes.

Most cardiovascular diseases can be prevented by addressing behavioral risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and obesity, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol using population-wide strategies.



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