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Diabetes Is Not Just A Matter Of Sugar

You will frequently hear statement like “eating too much sugar causes diabetes. Diabetes will be cure if we avoid sweet food.” This is certainly untrue because diabetes is not just a sugar problem, it is an incurable condition! Nevertheless, eating too much sugar will definitely not cause diabetes. Instead, factors such as genetics, ageing, obesity, unhealthy diet, and sedentary lifestyle may be the possible contributory causes. Diabetics can still stay healthy if their blood sugar levels are well controlled with proper diet, healthy lifestyle and effective medications. Uncontrolled or poorly managed diabetes may, however, lead to dangerous complications.

What is diabetes? Diabetes is a very common medical condition. At least 171 million people worldwide have diabetes, according to the statistics recorded by World Health Organization (WHO). Diabetes is a disease characterized by excessively high blood sugar level. Food consumed is digested and released into blood as glucose (a form of sugar), to provide energy. When there is excess glucose, a hormone called insulin will convert and store glucose in the body for future usage. Diabetes is due to defects in insulin production (Type 1 diabetes), insulin action (Type 2 diabetes), or both, causing a build up of blood glucose.

Diabetes is very serious. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of this. Diabetes is not just a harmless, high blood sugar problem. Uncontrolled diabetes is debilitating with many severe, life-threatening complications.

Firstly, uncontrolled blood glucose may lead to disturbing symptoms such as frequent urination, thirst, unexpected weight loss, extreme hunger, and frequent fatigue, etc.

Secondly, diabetes may also become comatose due to very high blood glucose in untreated diabetes or during infections.

Thirdly, long standing uncontrolled diabetes may cause complications such as kidney failure, heart disease, blindness, neuropathy (damage to nerves), lower-limb amputations, etc.

Last but not least, a medical crisis may also occur in abnormally low blood glucose due to taking excess insulin, a lack of food or too much exercise. During the crisis, the person turns pale, breathes rapidly and is disoriented, cold and trembling. A diabetic crisis is fatal if not treated in time.

Diabetes is several times more prone to develop coronary heart disease and stroke! Cholesterol problems and blood vessel thickening (atherosclerosis) are common ailments. Diabetics may also suffer from high blood pressure as a result of atherosclerosis. The risk of dying from heart attacks is also higher. Sometimes, heart attack is painless and unrecognized in many diabetics who have neuropathy.



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