So are you among those that think that you needn’t have a control over diabetes in spite of suffering from it, that your current condition cannot get any worse? If that is what you think, then you are terribly wrong, my friend. Uncontrolled or untreated diabetes often leads to many complications. Among the major complications are kidney disease, high blood pressure, gastroparesis, foot complications, diabetic ketoacidosis and even strokes. Our focus for today is diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).
A few days ago, you must have read an article on the severity of diabetes and how Malaysians are more susceptible towards this disease compared to others around the South East Asian region. So in this article, we will discuss about how you can take care of yourself if you are diagnosed with diabetes.
Malaysia has been long known as the obesity capital of South East Asia and ranks 6th in Asia for the disease. A recent study found that Putrajaya, the administrative capital of Malaysia has the highest numbers for overweight, obese and abdominal obese people in the country. This study has brought up serious concern for non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases to Malaysians. In fact, only one in eight people know they have pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes is the condition where people have higher blood sugar level than normal but still do not qualify to be diagnosed as diabetes. Besides, there are usually no clear symptoms for people who have pre-diabetes.
DIABETES refers to a group of diseases that affect how your body uses glucose (blood sugar). Glucose is crucial for the cells as a source of energy the body needs. Diabetes means that the level of glucose in your blood is too high and can lead to serious health issues. People who are suffering from Diabetes type 1 lack a hormone called insulin. Insulin works as a key factor for the cells to open their membranes to transport the sugar in the inside of the cell. Without this process, the cells are not provided with energy and the blood sugar level increases. The pancreas of Diabetes type 1 patients is not able to produce insulin anymore. It needs to be supplied by daily injections till the end of the patients’ life. Read through these 20 interesting Facts you might not know!
10 Facts – Guess the killer?
- There is an emerging global epidemic that can be traced back to rapid increases in overweight, obesity and physical inactivity.
- Total deaths are projected to rise by more than 50% in the next 10 years. Most notably, they are projected to increase by over 80% in upper-middle income countries.
- Type I of this disease is characterized by a lack of insulin production. Type II results from the body´s ineffective use of insulin.
- Type II is much more common than type I, and accounts for around 90% of all cases worldwide.
- Reports of type II in children – previously rare – have increased worldwide. In some countries, it accounts for almost half of newly diagnosed cases in children and adolescents.
- A third type is called gestational. This type is characterized by hyperglycaemia, or raised blood sugar, which is first recognized during pregnancy.
- There were 3.3 million cases in Malaysia in 2015.
- 80% of deaths due to this disease are now occurring in low- and middle-income countries.
- Lack of awareness about this disease, combined with insufficient access to health services, can lead to complications such as blindness, amputation and kidney failure.
- It can be prevented. Thirty minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most days and a healthy diet can drastically reduce the risk of developing type II.
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Diabetes has been a prominent issue among many people in our modern era of industrialization and modernization. According to the International Diabetes Foundation (IDF), the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the last 20 or so years has gone from 30 million to 246 million worldwide which comprises of 7% of the current global population. So with such a high risk of getting diabetes, how much do you know? Here’s some information about diabetes to help get you started off.