Few things to know about diabetes

You already know that as a brand, we argue that what you consume plays a big part on your overall health; from mental to physical, you can diminish health threats just by curbing the consumption of certain foods. Today, 14th of November, is known as World Diabetes Day.  This day is for raising awareness on diabetes, which is a health problem that effects a lot of people. According to World Health Organization (WHO) data of 2016, 422 million adults have diabetes. We wanted to play our part in raising an awareness and try to answer questions like what, why and how.

 (all the info graphics are taken from WHO website)

Here is typically what happens when you eat carbs; your body turns carbs into glucose. Pancreas, which is an organ behind your stomach, releases insulin. This hormone will help the glucose in your blood to be taken into cells, and here, the glucose will be used as an energy source.

Diabetes occurs when the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin or when the body cannot use the produced insulin in an efficient way. There are two types of it, as many of you know; type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is characterized by deficient insulin production and requires daily administration of insulin. The reasons of it are not known, and it is not preventable. Type 2 diabetes is when the body produces insulin, however the amount is not enough to fight the sugar level in the blood. Type 2 is the most common one among the people with diabetes. It is known that this type mainly occurs due to an unhealthy diet and a physically inactive life.

 

Some of the symptoms of diabetes are as below given:

Dryness of the mouth and frequent urination: Excess amount of sugar in the blood will be removed from the body by urination. Your kidneys are forced to work overtime to filter and absorb the glucose which your cells failed to absorb. The sugar will take the water in different tissues, dry the body out (this is the reason for feeling thirsty after sugar consumption). This is why the body will feel thirstier than ever and people with diabetes will have frequent visits to bathroom.

Constant hunger: Since the cells won’t be able to use the glucose in blood, there will be a need of energy. This will trigger the feeling of hunger.

Constant tiredness: Due to lack of energy in the cells, the body will constantly feel tired. Also dehydration is likely to cause this.

Weight loss: Although someone with diabetes is likely to eat a lot (due to the constant feeling of hunger); the body won’t be able to optimally use the components of the meal, because the cells won’t be able to absorb the components and turn them into calories. There is also the urination fact; the body will be loosing water.

Sight loss: The sugar in the blood will change the fluid levels all over your body, including eyes. The lenses might swell up, and the vision might get blurry. 

Aside of a low-quality life that diabetes will be bringing (constant worry of blood sugar levels, medication dependency and all of the above), unless if the necessary measures are taken, diabetes will eventually damage heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves, which might build the way to blindness, liver failure, kidney failure, dementia, heart attack, etc.

The best way to combat diabetes would be a healthy diet. Just eat your vegetables, choose wholegrain, instead of using salt try to season your food with spices, curb your sugar craving by consuming fruits.

 Also in your daily life, walk that extra mile, instead of sending a mail to your colleague show up in front of his/her desk and give your message personally, take the stairs instead of elevator; the more you move the better.

 


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