Diabetes; how to detect and tackle this silent foe. 5 min read.
Diabetes, unlike other diseases, can be quite unnerving as it brings about a considerable amount of additional disturbances and problems in the patients. In most cases, the basic underlying problems/symptoms are either overlooked or, sadly, even neglected. Untreated or poorly treated cases of diabetes constitute more than ten lakh deaths per year. It is crucial then, to keep in mind and understand the seriousness of discovering diabetes early so that it can be effciently and effectively treated. We will also talk about the measures you can take to approach diabetes with a smile and the need to purpose a healthy promise to fulfill your goals.
Symptoms of Diabetes.
To help a family member, yourself, or to be a responsible citizen there are certain key points one has to keep in mind in terms of detecting diabetes. It is best advised to consult a doctor if you happen to have the following symptoms:
- If you happen to be very thirsty.
- If you lose weight without exercise or trying.
- If your sight becomes blurry.
- If your skin becomes very dry.
- If your wounds or sores are slow to heal.
- If infections take more time, than usual, to heal.
- If you urinate a lot, more often at night.
- If you feel drained and fatigued.
- If you have numb or prickling hands or feet.
The symptoms mentioned above can help in ruling out most diabetes scares, but it doesn't necessarily end there. Diabetes, as you might be aware, is of different types. The categorization is based on the onset (gradual or sudden), the age of onset, the body structure of the patient (thin or obese), etc. This further classification becomes an aid in finding the type of diabetes one might have.
The categorization also comes with its class-specific set of symptoms and signs. Let's take a look at the popular categories and their symptoms.
Type 1 Diabetes:
With a chance to occur at any age, type 1 diabetes leads to insulin deficiency. Type 1 diabetes has also been called ‘Juvenile diabetes’ due to its high and frequent onset in children. Though presently, the majority of the patients living with type 1 diabetes are adults.
The symptoms include-
- Stomach/abdominal pains
Type 2 Diabetes:
This type of diabetes has a resistance to insulin at its core, often combined with relatively low insulin production. In most cases, type 2 diabetes occurs as a result of a number of lifestyle factors. Including, but not limited to obesity, stress, lack of physical activity, etc.
The symptoms of type 2 diabetes are much harder to detect, with most patients not detecting them at all.
There is a third variant called Gestational Diabetes. This occurs during pregnancy and even though it resembles type 2 diabetes, it doesn't usually have accompanying symptoms. But it can be found through
routine blood tests, that are taken during the course of pregnancy, where the doctor also checks for Gestational Diabetes.
How to tackle Diabetes:
If, after testing you find that you have diabetes, there is no need to panic. “It's easier said than done” some of you might think, but half of the treatment process is knowing that the journey truly is easy if you keep your mind to the pursuit. Your priority must be to think about and adopt methods that will reduce the risk diabetes carries. As is the case with most chronic diseases, with strategic adjustments to lifestyle, diabetes can be effectively controlled and ultimately reverse your body to a point where you won't need medication to keep the disease at bay.
The quality of life we bring into our lives, in most scenarios, determines our health. The changes could be mild or major, it depends on the time and effort you wish to put into accomplishing the task at hand.
What goes in, takes a toll:
Since diabetes has to do with the body’s glycemic index, the food that we eat becomes the first area where we have to bring about changes. What you eat directly influences the spike or maintenance of glucose levels. So what you eat could take a positive or negative toll on your body. The healthier you eat, the more tolerable diabetes becomes.
Work out, to get the best out of your life:
Taking your body through a journey of transformation could be the best love you can give your body. Exercising can unlock your body’s unseen potential. Sweating it out and losing weight will surely make you feel good and also control your diabetes.
Consult, don't obstruct:
There is a stigma around visiting your doctor for a consultation, but it only delays the inevitable. If anyone in your family, friends, or even yourself finds symptoms or has unshakable doubts it is an ethical obligation that you consult the doctor and not hinder the process. Moreover, diabetes can be hereditary, a consultation helps in ruling out the possibility. Regular checkups can help you filter out not just diabetes but numerous life-threatening diseases and put your mind at ease.
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And finally, slow and steady wins the diabetic race:
Making sudden changes to your lifestyle doesn't translate well when it comes to longevity. Therefore fast isn’t always the best option. Rather, taking things slow, gives you time to adjust and cope with the new methods you incorporate into your life.
Whatever it might be that you ail from, we’re here to guide, help and comfort you through your process. Be in pursuit of a better life, stay informed, and don't forget to be happy!
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