Prevention Is Better Than Cure !
The World Diabetes Day falls on 14th of November in every year. “Healthy Living and Diabetes” is the theme for year 2014 to 2016. There are about 382 million people who are diagnosed with diabetes, proven by researches. Moreover, 5.1 million deaths in year 2013 was recorded according to the world reports.
Most number of people with diabetes falls in to the middle aged category between 40 years to 59 years of age. Every second, a person will die due to diabetes. In addition, people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are on the rise, in every country. 80% of people with diabetes are living in low and middle-income countries.
Though World is spending billions of dollars, it is has been difficult to find a cure for this non-communicable disease. However, you and I can attempt to take proper measures to prevent this epidemic from the series of unfortunate events worldwide due to diabetes.
- Family History
If one of your family members, i.e. mother, father, grandmother or grandfather of paternal or maternal side is diagnosed with the disease – there is a high risk of diabetes.
- Weight Of The Body
If your weight of the body is more than the proper limit, it will increase the risk of getting diabetes. The ideal weight should be unique for each person. It will be measured according to the gender, age, height, body frame, body type and so on.
- Eating Habits
According to your eating habits and varieties of food, you may be a victim of diabetes. More fatty food and sweet delicacies are added dangers if you want to prevent diabetes.
Lack of exercise will probably lead you to be high risk at getting diabetes, and numerous other health problems. So be fit and start exercising to live a healthy lifestyle.
- Sleeping Patterns
Sleep is very important. If you sleep more than for 9 hours or inadequate sleep for less than 6 hours, both may be contributing factors to the high-risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
A well-established risk factor for many chronic diseases is smoking, including diabetes and its complications.
- Stress & Depression
Reports and evidence highlight the risk of diagnosing diabetes if a person is under a lot of stress or going through prolonged depression.
Steps For Prevention Of Diabetes
- Family History – If you have a family history of diabetes, it inevitably increase the risk for you. Therefore, act prompt and take measures to prevent diabetes.
- Weight Of The Body – It is essential to reduce the weight of the body if you want to prevent diabetes. Learn how to lose fat in a healthy way, and keep it up. Sign up a weight loss program that works best for you.
- Eating Habits – Eat proper meals without skipping three times a day. The common saying in Sri Lanka goes as ‘eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a princess and dinner like a pauper’. Cut down your unnecessary shopping list on fatty, oily and sweet food or balance it with fresh fruits, vegetables, greeneries and nutritious food. You can still enjoy your meals with your family, without hot dogs, potato chips and canned food.
- Exercise – Switch off the television and move around. Cycling, swimming, brisk walking, dancing, and many more activities that involve you physically are ideal exercises. Keep a regular schedule and do your exercises without fail.
- Sleeping Patterns – Make sure to have a proper sleep for more than 6 -8 hours.
- Smoking – Quit smoking! However, please note that giving up on smoking will make you gain weight. So, don’t forget to take necessary measures to avoid weight gain.
- Stress & Depression – If you have a problem, do not try to live with it. Speak to a close friend, a relative or reach for professional help such as a psychiatrist or a counselor. Always focus and try to be stress free and happy.
Signs & Symptoms
- Frequent urination
- Excessive thirst
- Energy loss
- Increase hunger
- Weight loss
- Numbness in the hands or feet
- Blurred vision
- Frequent infections
- Slow-healing wounds
- Vomiting and stomach aches (often mistaken as flu)
If pregnant mothers get the disease, it will cause organ damages to the fetus.
If you see any one or more of these signs and symptoms, quickly consult a medical professional.Health is Wealth. Therefore, let’s work together to build a healthy world free from diabetes!
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