Are you living a life of stress?
Are you on the other side of forty?
Are you over weight?
Well, it is time to think, and think seriously…
Did you know for instance, that 25% of India’s population is at a risk of developing diabetes in the next decade?
Did you know that in the past two decades more people from the economic middle class have been diagnosed as sufferers than ever before ? Diabetes has ceased to be a disease of rich alone, it is now a lifestyle disease and how you lead your life hereafter may determine your odds against this disease…
It can be really scary finding out that you have diabetes. But don’t hit the panic button just yet! Of course, diabetes is a disease that’s not to be taken lightly. But people with diabetes can live long, healthy, happy lives. You can too, by taking good care of yourself.
Diabetes means too much glucose in the blood. Glucose is the sugar that your body’s cells use as fuel. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can cause two problems: one, your cells may be starved for energy & two, high glucose levels may harm your eyes, kidneys, nerves, or heart in the long run.
Understand diabetes and take control
Diabetes Education and Prevention is the World Diabetes Day theme for the period 2009-2013. The campaign calls on all those responsible for diabetes care to understand diabetes and take control. For people with diabetes, this is a message about empowerment through education. For governments, it is a call to implement effective strategies and policies for the prevention and management of diabetes to safeguard the health of their citizens with and at risk of diabetes. For healthcare professionals, it is a call to improve knowledge so that evidence-based recommendations are put into practice. For the general public, it is a call to understand the serious impact of diabetes and know, where possible, how to avoid or delay diabetes and its complications. The key messages of the campaign are:
- Know the diabetes risks and know the warning signs
- Know how to respond to diabetes and who to turn to
- Know how to manage diabetes and take control
Diabetes in the Elderly: The Best Way to Help Your Diabetic Parent
Dr. Rohi Shetty
Diabetes is principally a disease of the middle-aged and elderly; more than one in ten people over 65 suffer from diabetes. Often the elderly do not have access to information about diabetes and this affects their ability and willingness to follow advice about diet, exercise and medicines. read more…