Condition

Diabetes

What is it?

  • Diabetes is the name given to a group of different conditions in which the body cannot maintain healthy levels of glucose (a type of sugar) in the blood.
  • Glucose builds up in the blood leading to high blood glucose levels which cause the health problems linked to diabetes.
  • There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 diabetes – where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin type 2 diabetes – where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin

    What are the symptoms?

The main symptoms of diabetes are: * feeling very thirsty * urinating more frequently than usual, particularly at night * feeling very tired * weight loss and loss of muscle bulk * itching around the penis or vagina, or frequent episodes of thrush * cuts or wounds that heal slowly * blurred vision Type 1 diabetes can develop quickly over weeks or even days. Many people have type 2 diabetes for years without realising because the early symptoms tend to be general.

Home Remedy

Do

  • Eat regular small meals up to 6 per day
  • Make physical activity part of your daily routine
  • Schedule a yearly physical and regular eye examination
  • Maintain foot hygiene
  • Learn relaxation techniques: Stress hormones may prevent insulin from working effectively.

Don't

  • Don’t skip breakfast: Eating breakfast every day will help you have energy as well as steady blood sugar levels.
  • Don’t sit long hours before television, laptop or desktop.
  • Don’t eat foods rich in sugar, such as ice cream, chocolates, soda or coke.
  • Don’t exercise after meals.
  • If you smoke, quit it
  • If you drink alcohol, do so only in moderation

Things to watch out for

GP should be contacted immediately for further screening and assessment.

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