Diabetes: A Global Health Crisis
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease that occurs when the body can’t produce enough insulin or use insulin effectively, thus resulting in the abnormal rise of blood glucose level. Life-threatening complications of diabetes include: heart attacks, strokes, blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage, and blood vessel disease that may require an amputation.
Diabetes facts & figures 2015*:
*by International Diabetes Federation
Two major types of diabetes
Warning signs of diabetes
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However, some people with type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed. In this case, they may live for months, even years without knowing they have the disease. Early detection and effective treatment is essential to help decrease their risk of developing the terrible complications of diabetes.
Any one of the following tests can be used for diagnosis:
• Fasting plasma glucose (FPG)
• Oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT)
• Random plasma glucose (RPG)
• and others.
While the traditional blood glucose testing may provide inaccurate results, the HbA1c test is the standard for diabetes diagnosis that measures a person’s average blood glucose for the past 2 to 3 months.
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Can diabetes be cured?
There is currently no cure for diabetes yet. Fortunately, it is one of the most controllable of diseases. Adopting a healthy lifestyle has been shown to be effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. By keeping their blood glucose as close to normal as possible through self-management and health professionals’ support, people with diabetes can still lead a full, healthy, happy life.
Though the modern medical and technological advancements have been a blessing to humanity, the real power lies with yourself. Act to stop diabetes now. Change the way you live, and a healthy future is in your hand!