Diabetes

Did you know:  

  1. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in the world.
  2. 422 million people world wild have diabetes, particularly in low and middle-income countries.
  3. There are 2 main types. Type 1 diabetes where the patient has a lack of insulin & Type 2 diabetes, where a patient uses insulin ineffectively.

Symptoms of type 1 diabetes

may include the need to urinate often, thirst, constant hunger, weight loss, vision changes and fatigue and symptoms that may occur suddenly and cannot currently be prevented.

Symptoms for type 2 diabetes

can be very similar to those of type 1 diabetes but are often less obvious. As a result, the disease may be diagnosed several years after beginning. For this reason, it is important to be aware of risk factors.

Good news! 

Prevention and treatment: Effective approaches are available to prevent type 2 diabetes and to prevent the complications and premature death that can result from all types of diabetes.

These include policies and practices that contribute to good health for everyone, regardless of whether they have diabetes, such as exercising regularly, eating healthily, avoiding smoking, and controlling blood pressure and lipids. 

The starting point for living well with diabetes is an early diagnosis – the longer a person lives with undiagnosed and untreated diabetes, the worse their health outcomes are likely to be. 

So if you have any doubts, please get a checkup and be sure.

A series of cost-effective interventions can improve patient health.

These interventions include blood glucose control,

through a combination of diet,

physical activity and, if necessary, medication.

Good health to you.

Article courtesy of World Health Organization