Diabetes is one of the most common and rampant conditions all over the world and has experienced a steep rise in the last decade in India. It may not be categorized as a deadly disease by itself but it has the potential to affect or inflict grave danger to other parts of the body. Diabetes is technically a lifestyle disorder more than it is a disease. It is a condition where people don’t produce much or the required amount of insulin to meet the threshold. Most often it causes their cell to cease from responding. Insulin is significant because it moves glucose, which is a simple sugar, into the body’s cells from the blood. Any food that we consume, provides the body with glucose, which is utilized by the cells as a source of energy. The lack of insulin or any disruption in the utilization of insulin results in the sedimentation of it in one’s blood. High blood glucose levels are toxic, and cells that don’t get glucose are lacking the fuel they need to function properly. It is also called as Hyperglycemia.
There are two forms of diabetes and they are:
Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 occurs when the pancreas cannot make insulin and the latter occurs when the pancreas does not make enough insulin or the body does not use insulin properly.
Diabetes is developed by various people and can be identified by the early signs of the condition. These are some of the most common signs of diabetes:
- Increased sense of hunger or thirst
Frequent urination results in over dehydration which then causes constant thirst and the lack of their food converting into energy is highly common implying they feel hungry quite frequently.
- Dramatic weight fluctuations
Constant hunger implies the need to eat frequently which in turn adds more weight to the person’s body and weight loss might happen when the person is not gaining much energy from what they consume.
- Having a dry mouth at all times
This is also directly related to your body being constantly drained out.
- Constant or frequent urination
When the blood sugar levels rise, the kidneys tend to eliminate the excess sugar by filtering it out of the blood. This might result in the person frequently urinating.
- Prolonged fatigue and lethargy
This tiredness occurs as a result of insufficient sugar moving from the bloodstream into the body’s cells.
- Headaches followed by blurred vision
An excess of sugar in one’s blood can harm the tiny blood vessels in the eyes, which can cause blurry vision.
- Anxiousness or jittery behavior
Type 2 diabetes often comes with no visible warnings and that is why people with genetics that lead back to diabetes, pancreatic disorders, overweight people must take extra precaution at the earliest to keep themselves safe and relatively less prone to developing it as it cannot be completely ruled out of one’s life especially once they have developed it. Diabetes tends to a condition that lasts a lifetime.
At the moment, type 1 diabetes is not entirely preventable. Nonetheless, studies have pointed that preventive measure taken to reduce or banish the likelihood of developing the condition is highly possible by affirming to lifestyle changes which include weight management, eating a healthy diet and regularly exercising. Medical assistance is definitely available that helps balance the body’s insulin or glucose level but the effect of it can only be amplified with dedication towards your health and hard work. However, these are the staple advice given to most people who may be concerned about having diabetes:
- Maintaining a healthy exercise regime is imperative.
- Avoiding packaged, preservative-laden foods.
- Reducing/avoiding smoking or drinking alcohol
- Consciously choosing what is good for the body and keeping a check on your weight
Diabetes can be a lifetime condition but it can be of no harm if you keep yourself on guard with regards to your health. Start a healthy and prompt lifestyle at the earliest, avoid or reduce indulging in habits or practices that may have a direct influence on your body which may later impose a health risk. Change your lifestyle for good and your life will be changed forever!