- by Manipal Hospitals
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- Feb 09 2017
THE DIABETES DIRECTORY
Tt is currently estimated that the number of people with diabetes worldwide has risen by about 133% to approximately 350 million: over just a period of approximately thirty years. This figurative statistics however, may not come as a surprise to most of us. Day in and day out there is so much conversation- give and take of information on the “rising of blood sugar levels” and then the concurrent overtures over how to bring it down has become as clichéd as the talk of everyday politics or as commonplace as the rise in the price of vegetables. Be it a minor family event or a function with a mass guest list, more often than not we are pretty much likely to encounter a number of members of our very own extended families and quite a few in the revered guest list who’d actually want to stay a mile away from the house buffet as they are subjected to certain diet restrictions to keep in check the ‘blood sugar’ level!
Diabetes mellitus or simply, diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body’s ability to produce and/or use insulin. Despite some very clear cut definitions and the precision in the description of the disease, the concept of diabetes, as a condition of the human body is pretty much wanting. For many a naive sufferers of the syndrome diabetes still remains a disease, which takes priority- “if one has a little too much of food sweetening sugar”! It has to be duly understood that an uneducated person who does not know anything about the complexity of the process of food digestion, energy extraction and deposit will never be able to understand what diabetes actually is but sometimes it is people well versed in the sciences of our bodies who would be spelling out the concept of diabetes either inside-out or upside-down! It is this particular factor about the disease that there is so much of misconceptions and myths doing the rounds at any given point of time!
One of the most deadly facets of diabetes is that the initial signs and symptoms of early diabetes are easy to disregard because they most certainly seem harmless and get brushed off as nothing serious therefore the damage could have started years before symptoms become apparent. This is most unfortunate because awareness of early symptoms can help get the disease under control sooner and prevent a bigger damage. However, even though type 2 diabetes is a serious force to reckon with, there definitely are concrete actions that can be taken to control it. It has also been seen that sometimes people with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes present with no symptoms wherein it is possible the patient has experienced symptoms, but they happened to be too mild or developed gradually and went unnoticed.
Every disease has its own sure shot, trademark symptom or sometimes a multitude of such early signs. Even for diabetes there definitely are a few key indications which might suggest one that he or she may be heading towards the onslaught of diabetes. The “classic” early diabetes symptoms are frequent urination, thirst, increased hunger, fatigue, and weight loss.
There are a number of other bodily changes which might indicate the coming of diabetes: these symptoms plainly listed together are:
1. Increased Hunger
2. Increased Urination and Thirst
3. Dry Mouth
4. Blurry Vision
9. Unusual Weight Changes
10. Frequent Infections
11. Sores, Cuts, and Bruises That Take a Long Time to Heal
12. Numbness or Tingling in the Hands or Feet
13. Sexual Dysfunction
14. Skin Complications or Changes
Even though diabetes might be turning out to be the latest scare and subsequently the most high-risk threat to the civilisations of the modern world, there is no saying that it will eventually take over the world. Diabetes is a condition which like any other disease can be fought off. What, however, needs to be kept in mind is only a medical professional thoroughly well versed in the mechanics of the human body can help one conquer diabetes. On the other hand what is required of a diabetic patient is a rigorous resolve to fight off the disease and the mental toughness to believe in the miracle of recovery!
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