Beat Diabetes This World Health Day !!
Beat Diabetes This World Health Day !!: India is said to be diabetic capital in the world. Its high time we start caring about ourselves and our loved ones to beat it.
High blood sugar levels in the body leads to diabetes. Insulin hormone secreted by b Langerhans cells in the pancreas help to regulate the lood sugar level in the body. Diabetes can be caused by lack of insulin or the inability of the pancreatic cells to produce enough insulin for glucose uptake by the liver.
Most common types
Type 2 diabetes
A chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar (glucose).
Type 1 diabetes
A chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin.
A condition in which blood sugar is high, but not high enough to be Type 2 diabetes.
A form of high blood sugar affecting pregnant women.
How to detect?
Look out for following symptoms
- increased urine output
- excessive thirst
- weight loss
- skin problems
- slow healing wounds
- yeast infections
- blurred vision, and
- tingling or numbness in the feet or toes.
How can health professionals help you?
Diabetes treatment depends on the type and severity of the diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is treated with insulin, exercise, and a diabetic diet.
Type 2 diabetes is first treated with weight reduction, a type 2 diabetic diet, and exercise.
When these measures fail to control the elevated blood sugars, oral medications are used. If oral medications are still insufficient, insulin and other injectable medications are considered.
Dietary Guidelines at a Glance:
- Balance your calories to manage your weight
- Increase your intake of nutrient-dense foods such as fruits,
vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and protein, and healthy
- Reduce your intake of sodium, fats, added sugars, refined
grains and alcohol
- Build healthy eating patterns.
- Eat small portions at short intervals
Checking your blood sugar as directed by your healthcare provider
will help you to see how your food choices affect your blood sugar
While the above article guides you to eating healthier, there is no substitute for customized professional advice given by a qualified nutritionist. We urge you to speak to your personal dietician or if you need help, contact a nutritionist at Qua Nutrition.
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