Taking a stand against diabetes

Do you feel thirsty all the time?  Do you frequently urinate?  Do you have sores or wounds in your body that do not heal easily?   Do you get tired easily?  If you answered yes to most of these questions, then you might consider checking up with your doctor.

If you already have diabetes, then early detection can help you manage the disease.  If you do not have diabetes, then it is time to eat and live right to prevent the disease from affecting you.

The previously mentioned conditions are some of the common symptoms of a chronic disease known as Diabetes.  It is a serious illness which may not generally cause death, but can lead to more serious health problems that may lead to death.

Diabetes occurs when there is too much sugar or glucose in the bloodstream.  Having this condition for a long period can lead to complications that may affect the body's important organs like the heart, eyes, and kidneys. 

Diabetes can be classified as Type 1, Type 2 or Gestational. 

Type 1 Diabetes affects both adults and children.  Under this type, the body cannot properly use a hormone called insulin. The body's immune system harms the cells making insulin, resulting in a low insulin level.  The condition of having a high sugar level with low insulin level can cause serious health problems.

Type 2 Diabetes can be managed with proper exercise and good eating habits.  Maintaining an ideal weight is advisable because too much body fat and inactivity makes it harder for the body to use insulin. Under this type, the body is still able to make insulin but it cannot be used efficiently by the body.

Gestational Diabetes is found among pregnant women.  This disease can make pregnancy more difficult than it already is.  Those who are diagnosed with this type of Diabetes are in the high risk sector, of getting the second type.  In normal pregnant women, their pancreas produces enough insulin that keeps the body's sugar level.  However there are women whose pancreas are not able to produce enough insulin, resulting in gestational diabetes.   Women with gestational diabetes need extra care, requiring a healthy diet and regular check ups.  However, gestational diabetes usually disappears after giving birth and the baby is born without the disease.  Among women who are at risk of gestational diabetes are those who are over 30 years old, have big babies during previous pregnancies, family history of diabetes and of course, the weight factor.

A person who has diabetes or is at risk of getting diabetes should start living a life that is geared towards diabetes prevention.  To be able to do this, a person must know the factors that may be used to control or manage the disease.
Weight is an important factor in the control and management of diabetes, with those on the heavy side at a higher risk of getting diabetes.  Keeping one's body fit and healthy is a good way of avoiding diabetes and other diseases.  This can be done by avoiding bad habits like smoking.  One can also try to be more active by exercising regularly. Monitoring one's blood pressure is also important.

The good news is, one can help avoid and prevent diabetes by resorting to a healthy lifestyle.  However, there are factors that cannot be controlled and which can lead to getting diabetes, no matter what.   One's heredity is an important factor in being a candidate for diabetes.  And no matter how one keeps a healthy lifestyle, people who are 40 years old and above are at risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes.  But then again, a healthy lifestyle will always help in preventing the disease.
A person who exhibits any of the symptoms of the disease or who belongs to the high-risk group like having family members who have diabetes, should have themselves examined by a doctor as soon as possible.

Among the tests to assess a person's risks of getting diabetes are the glucose test, urine test, fasting plasma glucose test which measures the level of glucose in a person's blood after fasting for 12 to 14 hours, the oral glucose tolerance test which is also performed after fasting for three hours and the random plasma glucose test which can be done at any time.

The number of persons getting the disease has been increasing in the past years, due to poor eating habits, increasing inactivity and other factors that could have been prevented.  Having yourself checked for diabetes can help you understand the disease.  But no matter what you do to manage your diabetes, it would have been better if you were able to prevent it from affecting you.