Growing up, it is not a new thing that you should not give too much sugar to elderly ones because of diabetes. Diabetes is a disease known to a whole lot of people in the country whether they are literate or not.
Diabetes is a silent giant that creeps in and most times has started the act of destruction before it is discovered. Medically, diabetes ( also called diabetes mellitus) can be defined as a group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the blood (high blood glucose).
We actually have some types of diabetes which are:
- Type 2 Diabetes: This is the type of diabetes in which the glucose in the bloodstream is too much for the body system.
- Type 1 Diabetes: This type of diabetes occurs when the pancreas is not producing enough insulin to match the level of sugar in the bloodstream.
- Gestational diabetes: This type is found in pregnant women only. They are actually susceptible to having type 2 diabetes later in life.
- Prediabetes: The level of sugar in the bloodstream is not as much as that of type 2 diabetes but it is nonetheless high.
It is sad but it’s true that the disease has no cure, it can only be managed by treatment with drugs and diet. There are a host of risk factors for having diabetes and they are:
- Family genetics/ health history
- Use of drugs like steroids
- High blood pressure etc.
It is advisable to go to your doctor if you are having more than one of these symptoms. They are in no way all the symptoms but are very common in most diabetic patients. They are:
- Increased hunger and thirst
- Unexplainable weight loss
- Slow healing from cuts and sores
- Frequent urination
- Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet.
- Weakness etc.
Diabetes is not the end of the world, or necessarily the doom of a person, it is extremely manageable and the person can almost live a perfect life like other people only with small altercations. Stay safe everyone.