Diabetes a very real danger for women

Dr. Alan M. Jacobson chief research officer

Diabetes a very real danger for women

Today is World Diabetes Day, and experts estimate there are up to 549,000 people living with diabetes who don't know it yet.

An unhealthy lifestyle - high calorie diet, inactivity and obesity - clearly plays a role, with urban registries recording more type-2 diabetes cases than rural ones.

Diabetes UK surveyed 8,500 people about diabetes and how it affected their daily life.

Nearly half of women who die in low-income countries due to high blood glucose die prematurely, before the age of 70 years.

Glucose levels are so high because the body is unable to properly use it.

Type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition, so worsens over time, meaning some people will need more medication to control it as it progresses.

"We also want to see more psychology staff with an expertise in diabetes who are routinely available within every diabetes team".

Statistics provided by American Diabetes Association prove that, women with GDM, are at high risk of facing miscarriage and have increased chances of developing type 2 diabetes in the future. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates, (Wikipedia) and continuous health monitoring can reverse it (as proven in Virta's clinical trial: https://www.virtahealth.com/research). As per a study, approximately 10% of all diabetes cases are type 1. People suffering from diabetes Type 1, their bodies function to transfer glucose extracted from food to be used by cells suffers fluctuations as their body does not produce insulin.

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There are three main types of diabetes: type 1 diabetes - the body does not make insulin, insulin is needed to take the sugar (glucose) from foods and turn it into energy - it is needed to live; type 2 diabetes - the body does not make or use insulin well, it is the most common type of diabetes and requires pills and/or insulin injections to control; gestational diabetes -some women develop this when pregnant, it generally goes away after the baby is born, however it puts both the mother and child at a greater risk of developing diabetes later.

Overly-low levels of blood sugar can make you feel shaky, moody and exhausted, sweat, look pale, give you a headache or make you unable to concentrate.

"There is no special diet for diabetes and there is nothing like diabetic diet".

If diabetes is not well-managed, sufferers are at risk of a whole range of nasty complications, including strokes, heart disease and even amputations. Good cholesterol - HDL - helps remove the bad cholesterol from blood vessels.

And it's a life-changing diagnosis.

Being overwhelmed can be stressful and stress can raise blood sugar.

"You're young and in your 20s and people on the Tube look at you and ask, 'Why do you need a seat?'" Skip the soda and juice and drink water. Eating lots of fruit, vegetables and whole grains is recommended, as it plenty of exercise to keep levels down.

Access to essential diabetes medicines and technologies, self-management education and information are therefore the key to achieving optimal diabetes outcomes not only amongst women but also their families.

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