Diabetes: A Growing Public Health Concern
Either you have it or you don’t.
The consciousness that needs to be inculcated in the people is that they either have diabetes or they don’t have it. There is nothing called “I live on the border line of diabetes” “I can either ignore it or consider it as and when, to suit my requirements”. This is something that the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is trying to tell the people across America.
Most people would like to live on the phrase “My sugar is just a bit high. Well this is the most convenient phrases to describe one’s disability, but it will not do when you are on an operating table or for that case among friends who would like to treat you to a sweetmeat. An accurate diagnosis is necessary to find out whether you are really suffering from diabetes and if you are required to undergo diabetic related treatments. Remember a person suffering from diabetics can live a long life if he / she know how to deal with the situation. For people who live on the above phrases, they can live only as long as their phrases.
The president of American Diabetic Association Dr Christopher D. Saudek, M.D states clearly that, “It’s crucial to know when you have diabetes, to hear the diagnosis, and to pay attention to it”. In his another statement he says that he has seen people claim that they are not suffering from diabetes in spite of them knowing it deep down in their hearts, that they are suffering from the ailment; this so, almost to the point of their death.
A brief idea of what diabetes is for those who have come in late, Diabetes otherwise known as diabetes mellitus is a result of the pancreas an organ in the human body, which looses its capacity to produce insulin. As this capacity is lost then the blood sugar is not easily converted into energy in the body. The result is diabetes.
Diabetes has another form, one that is known as diabetes insipidus. However this has nothing to do with the diabetes that we generally keep discussing about. This form of diabetes is known by a patient having excess urination. So more often than not doctors when they make a reference to diabetes they are rather very specific that they mention diabetes mellitus for the diabetes related to sugars.
Diabetes has grown six fold in the last 40 years. This is caused by different reasons. One among them is the life styles that we set as a trend as on date. Then comes our living culture and our food habits; More than 16 million people suffer form diabetes mellitus. This is a main cause of death in people in their older age, with it comes the diabetes related problems like damage to the heart, unsuccessful operations attributed to diabetes, kidney failures, retinal failure and so on.; At this state, more so ever people don’t recognize that they are suffering from the problem. This is the biggest drawback. The statistics of the new people diagnosed with diabetes is increasing every year. Presently the United States is alone showing an increase in diabetes cases by 800,000 cases.
Diabetes is a killer and this is proved by the fact that people who die due to diabetes related problems are more across the globe than people who die of HIV. There is no cure for diabetes and you can at the most only control it. But controlling diabetes is also not a Herculean task provided you tackle it systematically. High blood sugar can cause blindness, heart diseases, kidney failure, amputations of the limbs, and severe nerve damage. People who had kidney failure have attributed the cause to diabetes and this so among 40 % of the patients. Diseases relating to the heart are two to four times more common among for people affected by diabetes. Most diabetic’s patients have been diagnosed as suffering from high blood pressure, this further complicating the problems and leading to stroke.
The president of the American Diabetic Association clearly says that you can live with diabetics a long and healthy life; all you have to do is follow good practices and stick to them. Diabetics require that you follow a strict and discipli9ned life where diet is concerned and this will go a long way for you to prove that you can live a productive life as much as your colleague who is not suffering from diabetics. The discipline that you inculcate as a diabetics patient will bring out a few ethos in you that the world will stand up to praise you for. You could have led a totally un-disciplined life before you did come up with diabetics, after you being diagnosed as a diabetic patient, there is every possibility that for the sake of living you have to change, and it will be this change that the world will start taking notice of.
Some of the steps in diabetic management are monitoring the blood glucose levels. This when done properly and meticulously, can more often than not prevent if not delay the problems / complications that you need to face as a diabetic patient. Most diabetic related diseases can be kept at bay by monitoring your blood glucose levels.
What is blood sugar? Blood sugar is the amount sugar in your blood. Why do you need this sugar? Sugar is one form of energy. This is the only energy that is available in the body for the brain to function. So what is necessary is that the sugar in your blood must be maintained at desired levels, if not your body / brain will malfunction. Too much of sugar in your blood is as harmful as too little sugar in your blood. You could take a normal meal and then check your blood glucose level; you will find that there is marked increase of blood glucose in the blood, when compared to the status of blood glucose before a meal. The desired level of blood glucose is 120 to 130 milligrams for every deciliter of blood. In any case it is not expected to rise beyond 140 milligram for one deciliter of blood for a healthy person. The level of glucose in your blood varies every day. This so, for also people who don’t suffer from diabetics.
Sugar, being the main food for the brain; if you are not able to provide food for the brain, the ability to reason will wean. Low level of sugar in the brain is also a critical factor. This condition is known as Hypoglycemia. The opposite of this being when you supply high level of sugar to the brain; this condition is known as Hyperglycemia.; This is known as diabetic’s mellitus.
The symptoms of diabetics obvious in a person, all the doctor has to do is simply have a chat with the patient about his thirst, weight loss, frequent urination and in the case of women, frequent vaginal infections. This can be simply confirmed by doing a blood sugar check at any time of the day. A person who has a blood sugar count of more than 200 milligrams of sugar in one deciliter of blood is considered as a diabetic patient.