On World Diabetes Day observed on November 14 each year – to raise awareness and provide affordable care to all, we present important myths and facts about the disease. Keep scrolling to know about 5 crucial ways to control your blood sugar levels.
Let’s start with 6 important facts about diabetes.
1. It occurs when the pancreas is no longer able to make insulin, or when the body cannot make good use of the insulin it produces.
2. According to a study by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the number of Indians suffering from this disease is expected to cross 100 million mark by 2030.
3. 1 adult in 10 (642 million) will have diabetes by 2040.
4. There are more than 318 million adults worldwide, with impaired glucose tolerance, which puts them at high risk of developing the disease in the future.
5. Diabetes is the supreme cause of blindness in working-age adults and also amputation, heart attacks, stroke and kidney failure.
6. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in the world. In 2015, diabetes was the direct cause of 1.6 million deaths and in 2012 high blood glucose was the cause of 2.2 million deaths. Source- WHO
See the picture below carefully to know about symptoms of Diabetes.
Myths about Diabetes
Here are some myths associated with the disease-
1. Myth: Main cause of diabetes is consuming too much sugar
This is not true! Type 2 diabetes has a stronger connection to family history and lineage. Limited sugar intake is just okay but don’t consume too much sugar as it can generate health related problems.
2. Myth: Only obesity is the main reason behind diabetes
The fact is that while obesity can serve as a trigger to diabetes onset, there is a lot more to diabetes than weight alone. Genes also play a vital role.
3. Myth: Insulin causes weight gain
This is debated even among diabetes experts, and the fact is once insulin treatment is begun, those calories stay in the body, and if the patient consumes more calories than a person burns, he or she will gain weight.
4. Myth: If you don’t have a family history of diabetes then there is no chance that you will be affected by it.
Wait! This is a biggest myth as lack of physical activity, unhygenic lifestyle and bad eating habits can make you prone to it.
Know about 5 crucial ways to control your blood sugar levels
1. A balanced and healthy diet is essential for reducing risk factors for cardiovascular diseases.
2. Do 30 minutes of any physical activity on a daily basis as it can reduce the risks of developing type 2 diabetes by 40 per cent.
3. Late night sleeping and inadequate sleeping also up the risk of having diabetes and hypertension.
4. Eat real food rather than processed food and monitor your blood sugar levels.
5. Take less stress as by doing this we risk ourselves to many diseases and diabetes is one of them. Take small breaks in between your work and do some fun activities.
World Diabetes Day 2017
World Diabetes Day was launched by the International Diabetes Federation in 1991 to draw attention to this disease. The first-ever WDD was recognized in 2007.
The theme of World Diabetes Day 2017 is Women and diabetes – our right to a healthy future.
One of the shocking facts is that there are currently over 199 million women living with diabetes. What is more worrisome is that this total is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040.
Stay Healthy, Stay Fit!
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