Diabetes is a chronic condition and it certainly doesn’t develop overnight. Long-term negligence, unregulated lifestyle and food habits, excess weight and inactivity, and genetic factors may cause diabetes. It’s a condition where your body becomes resistant to insulin or when your pancreas stops producing insulin. If not regulated properly, diabetes can be a life threatening condition.
Diabetes is of two types.
• Type 1 Diabetes: This is a condition when your body’s immune system attacks and kills the beta cells of the pancreas. As a result, your pancreas cannot release insulin in your body. This cause sugar builds up in your body as the body cannot utilise that sugar as energy. This condition generally develops in childhood. Only 5%-10% people suffer from this condition.
• Type 2 Diabetes: This is a condition where your body cannot use the insulin that’s released in your system or doesn’t produce enough insulin. This results in sugar build-up in your system. About 90% of people with diabetes suffer from Type 2 diabetes. It can affect both children and adults.
There is yet another type of diabetes called Gestational Diabetes. This is a temporary condition that affects women during pregnancy. If not regulated, Gestational Diabetes may further develop into Type 2 Diabetes.
Let’s check out some alarming facts about diabetes:
1. According to the World Health Organisation diabetes is a global epidemic and is mainly caused due to lack of physical activity and obesity.
2. By the next decade, the number of deaths due to diabetes is projected to increase by 50%. This is expected to increase by 80% in countries belonging to the upper and middle-income group.
3. Diabetes increases your risk of a number of health conditions. This includes cardiovascular disease, nephropathy or Kidney damage, neuropathy or Nerve damage, Diabetic retinopathy causing loss of vision; foot complications, skin infections, and Alzheimer’s disease.
4. If you have gestational diabetes then an unregulated blood sugar levels can complicate matters for your baby. It may cause macrosomia (the baby grows too large), hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar levels) just after birth; risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life and death (untreated gestational diabetes can kill your baby).
5. Unregulated Gestational diabetes can cause many health issues in the mother. It can cause Preeclampsia, a condition marked by high blood pressure, excess protein in the urine, and swelling in the legs. Moreover, if you have gestational diabetes in one pregnancy, it’s most likely that you will have it again in your next one.
6. Diabetes is often termed as a silent killer. This is because usually there is no major early symptom for diabetes. The most common early symptoms include feeling thirsty and frequent urination. However, people tend to ignore these subtle signs of diabetes.
It’s essential to get your blood sugar levels checked frequently and consult a doctor for controlling your sugar levels. However, you may also try ayurvedic treatment for diabetes. You may check our products for diabetes control at https://www.jmdmedico.com/product-category/diabetes/.