Diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which the body is unable to appropriately regulate the level of sugar, specifically glucose, in the blood, either by poor sensitivity to the protein insulin, or due to inadequate production of insulin by the pancreas. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90-95% of all diabetes cases.
What are the affects of Diabetes?
- Eyes – Can cause problems with the eyes including blindness.
- Blood Sugar – Leads to persistently elevated blood sugar levels.
- Heart – Can increase susceptibility to heart attacks.
- Kidneys – Can cause damage to the kidneys.
- Nerves – Can cause nerve damage making the hands and feet to hurt, tingle, or feel numb.
How to Avoid Diabetes?
- Exercise – Exercise helps keep a healthy blood sugar level, maintain a healthy weight, manage stress, and improve sleep.
- Eat Healthy – Eat a balanced diet low in saturated fats and sugars in order to maintain a healthy weight and blood sugar level.
- Manage Weight – Make sure you are at a healthy weight for your body type and take special notice to any weight you gain around your midsection.
How to Manage Your Diabetes?
- Don’t skip medication – Follow your doctor’s recommendations and do not skip a dosage, even you feel fine.
- Don’t stress – Stress can complicate diabetes so speak to someone if you ever need support.
- Don’t smoke – In addition to its many other dangers, smoking can harm your circulatory system.
- Keep teeth healthy – Higher blood sugar levels lead to an increased risk to tooth decay and gum disease.
- Check blood glucose – Keep track of your blood sugar levels to stay in control of your diabetes.
- Check your foot – Check you feet daily for cuts, sores and swelling and call your doctor if they don’t go away.