Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Diabetes in country

Posted by Smookiekins On 12/12/2012 01:33:00 PM
Diabetes is a condition when our body does not create or use insulin according to our body needs. Insulin is just a hormone that our body needs to turn sugar, starches into energy required for our survival. Unfortunately the exact cause of diabetes remains unknown, however factors such as being overweight, genetics and leading sedentary lifestyle do make us more susceptible to becoming a diabetic. 

Inadequate release of insulin whether according to or not to the body’s needs. Defective insulin that is unusual or the incapability of cells to utilize insulin adequately and resourcefully causes hyperglycemia and diabetes. This last state impacts mostly the cells of fat tissues and muscle bringing body’s system to a state of “insulin resistance.” This is the major trouble that triggers type 2 diabetes. On the other hand the total shortage of insulin, commonly next to a destructive course impacting the insulin manufacturing beta cells in our pancreas, is the major abnormality that triggers type 1 diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, there also is a constant drop in beta cells that worsens the whole situation by elevating blood sugars. Usually, if an individual is resistant to insulin, the body can, to certain level, boost production of insulin and beat the level of resistance. However, if production drops and insulin can’t be produced as before, the individual will develop hyperglycemia.

Diabetes often goes undiagnosed because many of its symptoms seem so harmless.

Type 1 Diabetes
  • Frequent urination
  • Unusual thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Extreme fatigue and Irritability

Type 2 Diabetes

  • Any of the type 1 symptoms
  • Frequent infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
  • Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections

Daily Express News, 12pc M'sians to have diabetes if no control measures:

The number of diabetics in the country is expected to rise to 12 per cent of the population in six years' time if no preventive and control measures are taken, said State Health Director, Dr Marzukhi Md Isa.

An estimated six million new diabetics are being detected each year and by 2025 the worldwide figure could reach 350 million, he said at the Sabah World Diabetes Day at Wisma SESB, here, Saturday.

Based on the National Morbidity and Health study, he said incidence of diabetes among the population in the country showed a glaring increase.

He said that among those aged 30 and above, the rate of diabetics had increased from 8.3 per cent in 1996 to 14.9 per cent in 2006.

"This means for every 100 people aged 30 and above, at least 15 are diabetics," he said, adding that the disease is also related to high blood pressure and obesity.

Similar studies showed that the rate of Malaysians aged 30 and above who have with high blood pressure had increased to 42.6 per cent in 2006, he said, adding that for obesity, the problem had increased from 4.4 per cent to 14 per cent in the same period.

Towards this end, Dr Marzukhi said the Government had launched a campaign through the media focusing on healthy eating practice, which included reducing consumption of sugar, salt, fat and increase consumption of vegetables and fruits.

He said the Health Department would also continue to be sensitive and do its level best to provide efficient healthcare services to the people at its clinics and hospitals in the State.

He said the Department would ensure that every individual in the State has equal right to medical treatment.

Also, the people must be more conscious about their health and go for regular medical check-up since early detection is vital in preventing diabetes.

He also urged the public to gain better knowledge on diabetes prevention by taking part in the forum entitled "Diabetes Education and Prevention" as well as health check-ups, organised by the Malaysia Diabetes Association Sabah branch.

Diabetes Prevention: 5 tips for taking control:

  1. Get more physical activity
  2. Get plenty of fiber
  3. Go for whole grains
  4. Lose extra weight
  5. Skip fad diets and make healthier choices

Based on the evidence that the incidence of diabetes is lower in vegetarians, some studies have investigated vegan interventions

Written by Smookiekins



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