Diabetes

A chronic disease when blood glucose in our body is too high. When our body cannot make enough insulin, sugar remains in the blood stream and cannot reach the cells. Let’s learn the truth about diabetes.

1. Diabetes cannot be cured.

Research up to date found no cure for diabetes, thus we need to be mindful of this disease. Some herbs and foods can improve a person’s insulin sensitivity but no magic nutrition can cure diabetes.

However, when detected early for Type 2 diabetes, some can reverse the disease through healthy diet and exercise. It needs self-discipline and constant attention for life.

2. Type 2 diabetes are the most serious.

Uncontrolled Type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes are equally very serious.

3. Type 1 diabetes can only be found in young children.

Type 1 diabetes are frequently diagnosed in children and young adults. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make insulin. It may happen when the immune system attacks and destroys the cells in your pancreas that make insulin.

Type 2 diabetes can be diagnosed at a young age too though most in middle age to older people. Type 2 diabetes is when the body does not make enough or use insulin well. It is highly linked to unhealthy lifestyle habits.

4. Diabetes is a serious issue in Singapore.

The numbers of diabetes patients in Singapore have been increasing in the recent years, resulting government declaring “The War Against Diabetes”. As of 2014, there are about half a million of Singapore residents 18 years old and above being diagnosed as diabetic patients and the number estimated to be up to 1 million by 2050!

5. There are no symptoms for diabetes.

There are 7 common symptoms for diabetes, but people may not experience all of it. Symptoms include:

  • Frequent hunger
  • Frequent thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Constant fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow healing wounds

6. If my mother suffers from diabetes, I will get it when I am old too.

One of the risk factors for Diabetes is family history (first-degree family). It is not a guaranteed sentence but there is a need to take good control of your diet and physical activity. Other risk factors include overweight/obese (BMI > 25), diagnosed with hypertension, high cholesterol and triglycerides, history of cardiovascular diseases, women with gestational diabetes during pregnancy or delivered a baby 4kg and above or polycystic ovarian syndrome.

7. Uncontrolled diabetes results in serious complication.

Every part of our body has blood vessels and nerves. In this way, high blood sugar can flow to all parts of the body. When complications kick in, it affects from the head all the way to the toes.

Prevention is always better than cure. Individuals above the age of 50, please go for regular health screening of at least once a year. Everyone can do their part to eat healthily and exercise at least 150 minutes per week to maintain their over health!