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To promulgate knowledge and raise awareness about human health, every year on April 7th across the globe, World Health Day is celebrated.
For World Health Day 2016, WHO has focused to halt global epidemic of Diabetes Mellitus, which has been growing at alarming rate. Around 415 million adults have diabetes and by 2040 it will rise to 642 million according to International Diabetes Federation and more than 80% of diabetes deaths occur in low and middle –income countries according to WHO.
Due to strenuous lifestyles and work pressure, health is taken for granted significantly, and is often neglected by most of the population. But the good news is, a little awareness and some changes can result in a big difference. Diabetes is a serious condition that impacts the whole lifestyle of an individual.
Take a pledge to lead a healthy lifestyle and spread awareness about this lethal disease
Individuals recently diagnosed or have been living with diabetes for a while need to understand that how small changes in their lifestyle and diet can help them successfully manage this disease. People, who are at risk or prone to diabetes, should also focus on having a healthy lifestyle, as it is proven by studies that drastic change in lifestyle is the best way to avoid Diabetes Mellitus.
Diabetes is one of the most chronic and fastest growing diseases in our society, having different forms like diabetes type I / type II, Diabetes Insipidus and Gestational Diabetes (which occurs in pregnancy), in all these forms can affect a gastrointestinal organ called Pancreas and the hormone secreted by pancreas called Insulin.
There are several myths associated with diabetes, the most common one is that consuming too much sugar can lead to diabetes, sugar in large quality can be dangerous but in small amount is not harmful. Another common myth associated is if there is no family history there will be no risk of diabetes, this is absolutely incorrect.
Unhealthy, stressful lifestyle and diet lead to cause diabetes. Along with genetic, environmental factors also contribute to a person’s risk of developing diabetes. Obesity or overweight people are at greater risk as extra body fat hinders insulin to do its job, other important factors are lack of physical activity, poor eating habits, and sleep habits also affect the insulin function.
Types of Diabetes
Out of other types, Type II diabetes is far more common, around 90% of cases. It is progressive and comes up very slow so that people with Type II diabetes live up to 10 years un-diagnosed. As it increases the risk of serious health problems; heart attacks, strokes, eye problems that can lead to trouble seeing or going blind, and kidney problems that can cause your kidneys to stop working.
How to deal with Diabetes
It is very important to keep a check and balance on blood glucose levels. Diabetes is tough to handle but can surely be dealt with by leading a disciplined and healthy lifestyle.
Let us take a step toward diabetes awareness; cure and prevention by leading a healthy lifestyle, helping people to understand and know what’s healthy, and supporting people to manage and cope with this life changing disease. And never be late to get your tests done if you notice symptoms like increased thirst, frequent urination or genital thrush, get a blood test at your doctor’s office that tests for diabetes and pre-diabetes.