3 Things You Should Know About Diabetes - Diabetes Control
Healthy eating, physical activity, low-key lifestyle are factors in managing stress. Many things can make managing weight a challenge – including stress, low income levels, some medical conditions and medications.
Here are three lesser known facts about this disease that YOU need to be aware of.1
It can be deadly
As the saying goes – prevention is better than cure – and diabetes is no exception. Diabetes is a disease that stems from higher-than-healthy sugar levels in the blood. If left unchecked, diabetes can lead to some disastrous outcomes – including blindness, kidney disease and heart ailments. So be regular with your check-ups and take control of your lifestyle now.2
It’s not one disease
It’s not one disease
Simply put, there are three kinds of diabetes.
Type 1 Diabetes is a disease where the body attacks its own insulin-producing cells and has an onset earlier in life.
Type 2 Diabetes is associated with obesity wherein the extra weight causes the body to produce more insulin, thereby putting pressure on the cells and organs that produce it, which could lead to their failure. The third distinct type of diabetes is Gestational Diabetes – which affects pregnant women but is usually resolved post-delivery. 3
The important takeaway message here is that all of the above are not the same and the most common type is preventable.
Prediabetes doesn’t always lead to full-blown diabetes
Also known as impaired glucose tolerance, prediabetes simply means that the amount of glucose or sugar in your blood is higher than it should be. But not high enough to qualify as Type 2 Diabetes. As per the American Diabetes Association, making three lifestyle changes—losing weight, watching your diet, and exercising—can increase your chances of preventing or delaying Type 2 Diabetes by up to 58 percent.4
The safest way to prevent the onset of diabetes is to make a conscious decision to lead a healthy life by making the requisite changes in lifestyle habits, eating right and getting lots of exercise.4