ROAD SAFETY AND HEALTH :: LEARN ABOUT YOUR HEALTH
Due to changing trends in our lifestyle and diets, this serious condition is on the increase. Take a few minutes to find out how you can prevent or manage sugar diabetes.
Your body is made up of millions of cells, all of which require energy to function properly. The food you eat is broken down into a simple sugar called glucose, which is carried to the cells to supply energy. Insulin, a hormone made in your pancreas, enables the glucose to enter your cells. As the glucose enters your cells, your blood sugar level drops.
If you lack insulin (Type I Diabetes) or if your insulin is ineffective (Type II Diabetes) – glucose is not able to enter your cells and accumulates in your blood. This causes:
OTHER SYMPTOMS INCLUDE
THE FOLLOWING HIGH RISK CATEGORIES ARE ASSOCIATED WITH DIABETES:
Between 90-95 % of diabetes suffer from type 2 diabetes, and unless this condition is diagnosed early enough, serious complications may be the result:
Because there is no cure for diabetes, it is vital that you maintain control at all times. Empower yourself by learning as much as you can about diabetes.
You need to monitor your blood sugar levels regularly and keep them as close to normal as possible. You can achieve this by balancing food intake with medication and activity. You can self-monitor your blood glucose at home, using a blood glucose meter.
Any kind of illness or infection will increase your insulin needs. Therefore when you are ill:
HOW TO MANAGE DIABETES
Diabetes is a treatable condition. Keep a positive attitude and take note of the changes you have to make to your lifestyle to control the disease.
Eat a healthy diet to help keep your blood sugar in control and to maintain a healthy body weight.
Get regular exercise to help regulate your blood sugar. It will also reduce your risk of heart disease, and help to control your weight.
If drugs are prescribed to help keep your blood sugar in control, take them as instructed. Too little medication will make your blood sugar rise higher that usual, and too much will cause your blood sugar level to drop.
Take good care of your feet. Diabetes affects the nerve function and blood flow to the feet, increasing your risk of infection.
Get regular eye exams. Changes in your eyesight caused by diabetes often have no symptoms until the damage is quite advanced.