Sunday, 26 January 2014

Diabetes & You

Diabetes & You
The two words you never want to see together

We all know what diabetes is, we read about it and we know we don’t have it, but what if the disease is waiting for you in coming years. Is it possible for you to avoid it? Read on to know how you can make it happen for you & your children…

  • “1 in 10 People in the world will have Diabetes by 2035” - International Diabetes Federation
  • “Many with Diabetes unaware of vision loss”
  • “1 out of 5 cases of total tooth loss in the US is linked to diabetes” - Journal of the American Dental Association
  • “If you have Type 2 diabetes, foot ulcer complication may arise and diabetic foot ulcers are difficult to heal... in some cases it may require amputation. For that reason, prevention and treatment of all diabetic foot ulcers is very important”
  • “Mild depressions tied to diabetes complications”

We keep coming across such reports and news on diabetes. What do we do?

Most probably such news is read with care by us if anyone in our family or friend circle is diabetic, if not, we just flip it over and assume, we don’t have diabetes and most probably we won’t get it. All we have to do is control our food and get some exercise! Voila! See, we know about diabetes.

Yes, good that you know the basics. You probably may know that diabetes is genetic too. Now, combine all the information you have, you eat right, you exercise well, and chances are your family member are diabetic, so what are the chances you may acquire this dreaded lifestyle diseases? Simple, you may devote some time and walk to a nearby pathological lab to get some basic test done and know if you are diabetic. The result comes out and the result is Negative!

You smile and thank god that you don’t have diabetes. Congratulations!

But remember your parents were diabetics, and probably you may not be able to give ample time to improve your lifestyle. Now, what are the possibilities of you getting diabetes in near future? Have you thought of it? Is there any way where you can find out how prone you are to diabetes and its complications?

Diabetes significantly increases the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease, which is the cause of death for more than 50% of diabetics. The risk of early death is around twice more likely in diabetes sufferers than non-sufferers, meaning that early diagnosis is critical.

Genetic Risk is a big factor in determining how prone you are to diabetes. Combine it with your lifestyle- the kind of food you intake, the working conditions, your exercise level; all together determines your risk of diabetes. Technology and decades of research on the diabetes has evolved for us to produce a scoring tool accessible at is enabled with complex algorithms to determine the diabetes risk associated with you. The basic information once fed in the system prepares the prognostic report which advices you on susceptibility, risk of diabetes, age at which you may get diabetic. The report also suggests for clinical investigation and gives you the mantra to fight diabetes: DEED, which stands for Diet, Exercise, Education and Drugs.

Parents and youth must take special precautions to ward off type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes - a result of the body developing a resistance to insulin - has been dramatically increasing in adolescence primarily due to the obesity epidemic. Insulin is the main driver of glucose - also known as sugar - and the main course of the body’s energy. Factors for developing type 2 diabetes during childhood and adolescence include being overweight or obese, having a strong family history of the disease, getting it passed on from mother to child during pregnancy, an inactive lifestyle, and race and ethnicity.  Although a variety of treatments are available for adults with type 2 diabetes, options for youths are limited. As a parent we know how much care and love we give to our children but giving a healthy lifestyle and more importantly evaluating the risks of such diseases on our kids is the best gift we can give to them and ourselves. Try on, log in to the’s portal and get your peace of mind.

And some good news to cheer you around, because, remember smile is the best medicine for most of the diseases in world!
  • “Low-calorie diet offers hope of cure for type 2 diabetes”
  • “Coffee, Citrus and Nuts help cut the risk of diabetes”
  • “Diabetes awareness is Diabetes Prevention and the age old saying: Prevention is better than cure”
  • “Diabetes can be controlled with exercise”
  • “Eating whole fruits linked to lower Diabetes risk”
  • “Muscle mass training helps evade diabetes”
  • “Being Healthy is Being Happy”

Dr. MS Singhal

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Stay Hooked! Not with Diabetes but with Happiness.

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