What is Diabetes?
According to medlineplus.gov, “Diabetes is a disease in which your blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels are too high. Glucose comes from the foods you eat. Insulin is a hormone that helps the glucose get into your cells to give them energy. With type 1 diabetes, your body does not make insulin. With type 2 diabetes, the more common type, your body does not make or use insulin well.”
Signs and Symptoms
In the early stages of diabetes, known as prediabetes, symptoms may be unpredictable. However, it is still best to look out for any sign at all that might indicate diabetes according to the American Heart Association:
- Intense feelings of thirst
- Fatigue/Exhaustion with unknown causes
- Frequent urination
- Increased appetite
- Unusual weight loss
- Blurred vision
- Fruity odor/breath or sores that do not heal
There are also some factors that may make you more prone to having diabetes. These are called Diabetes Risk Factors. To know your chances of having diabetes, see the list of risk factors below.
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Family history such as a parent or grandparent with diabetes
- Obesity or being overweight
- Cardiovascular disease
- Age, as you age the risk for diabetes becomes greater
- Poor nutrition/Unhealthy diet
- Sedentary lifestyle
Even with the prominence of diabetes in this generation, there are still plenty of ways to combat it. Preventing the onset of diabetes involves making the right choices and changes in lifestyle such as:
- Being more active and physically fit with regular exercise
- Eating the right food with the proper diet
- Weight management
- Saying no to smoking
- Avoiding processed and fast food
- Controlling alcohol intake
- Regular check-ups
Home monitoring for diabetes is a great way to keep track of your blood sugar without having to go out. It mainly involves the use of tools and monitors that you can have handy at home.
Before you venture into home diabetes monitoring, consult with your physician first. They can tell you how to perform the monitoring and interpret the results. If ever you find that you have unfavorable results, or results out of range, consult with your physician for the next step.
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