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We hear and read so much scary news about diabetes. It’s the largest cause of blindness and can cause kidney failure, heart attacks, strokes and lower limb amputation. There are articles are telling us that Type 2 diabetes is the most common lifestyle disease because of how we live today. We live stressfully, eat unhealthily and hardly have time to exercise.
 
Yes, all of the above is true, but what we don’t hear enough of is the good news about diabetes. Did you know it is a disease that can be managed by simply living a healthy lifestyle?
 
Understanding Diabetes
Diabetes affects the way our bodies use blood glucose, which is a sugar found in foods containing carbohydrates and is also made in the liver. The illness happens when the body becomes resistant to insulin. This is caused by things like weight-gain or when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to move the glucose into the cells for energy.
 
In a nutshell, it doesn’t matter what Type of diabetes you have, it always leads to excess sugar in the blood and unfortunately high levels of sugar can cause very serious health issues.
 
There are three main Types of diabetes. Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are the most chronic and can affect the way you live. However, even though they aren’t reversible, they can still be managed through strict medical care and a healthy lifestyle.
 
Since the 1990s, diabetes has grown out of control. So, in 1991, to raise awareness of the disease, the IDF (International Diabetes Foundation) and WHO (World Health Organization) created 14 November as World Diabetes Day. These days, November is known as ‘diabetes awareness month’ and people may be seen wearing a blue ribbon to show their support.
 
Differences between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
Type 1 shows itself in childhood and you need to inject yourself regularly with insulin injections to manage your blood sugar levels. Whereas, Type 2 is very specifically related to lifestyle. It is usually more common in middle-aged adults. While genetics do play a part in contracting the disease, unhealthy lifestyles and obesity are directly linked to Type 2 diabetes.
 
How do you know you may have diabetes?
You should have your blood glucose levels checked at least once a year once if:
●     It runs in the family
●     You are aged 40 or older
●     You are overweight
●     You lead a relatively unhealthy lifestyle – stress, bad eating habits, drinker, smoker, etc.
The reason for this is with Type 2 diabetes you may not experience initial symptoms, which is what makes the disease so dangerous. 
 
The 10 known symptoms of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are:
1.  Frequent urination
2.  Feeling hungry all the time
3.  Abnormally thirsty
4.  Sudden and unexplained weight loss
5.  Tired all the time
6.  Irritable
7.  Blurry vision
8.  Sores that heal slowly
9.  Frequent gum, skin and vaginal infections
10. Ketones in your urine, which only a test can show
 
If you have diabetes, there are the 5 ways you can manage the disease
 
Find a good clinic or doctor to help you manage your disease, and keep regular appointments - listen to your healthcare professionals and respect their knowledge about diabetes.
Keep a check on your blood sugar levels using a blood glucose metre - the better you can keep your blood sugar stable, the better control you have over the disease. At DMC Medical Suppliers, we stock various blood glucose metres. Find out more about them here.
Eat a healthy diet which excludes sugar, bad carbohydrates, junk food, sugary drinks and alcohol - it’s okay to have a little sugar occasionally, but you must keep an eye on your levels using your blood glucose metre.
Start exercising as it is one of the most effective ways to keep blood sugar levels stable - walk, run, cycle, swim, do whatever it takes to get you from being inactive to active.
Change your attitude and change your life from living unhealthily to living healthily - a good attitude towards your health and wellness is already half the battle won.
 
By changing your lifestyle and taking control of your blood sugars, you can manage your diabetes and live a long, healthy life. It’s all about having the right support, the right attitude and the right medical equipment.
 
Do you have a blood glucose metre? It will change the way you manage your diabetes. Contact us for your diabetic needs.We hear and read so much scary news about diabetes. It’s the largest cause of blindness and can cause kidney failure, heart attacks, strokes and lower limb amputation. There are articles are telling us that Type 2 diabetes is the most common lifestyle disease because of how we live today. We live stressfully, eat unhealthily and hardly have time to exercise.
 
Yes, all of the above is true, but what we don’t hear enough of is the good news about diabetes. Did you know it is a disease that can be managed by simply living a healthy lifestyle?
 
Understanding Diabetes
Diabetes affects the way our bodies use blood glucose, which is a sugar found in foods containing carbohydrates and is also made in the liver. The illness happens when the body becomes resistant to insulin. This is caused by things like weight-gain or when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to move the glucose into the cells for energy.
 
In a nutshell, it doesn’t matter what Type of diabetes you have, it always leads to excess sugar in the blood and unfortunately high levels of sugar can cause very serious health issues.
 
There are three main Types of diabetes. Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are the most chronic and can affect the way you live. However, even though they aren’t reversible, they can still be managed through strict medical care and a healthy lifestyle.
 
Since the 1990s, diabetes has grown out of control. So, in 1991, to raise awareness of the disease, the IDF (International Diabetes Foundation) and WHO (World Health Organization) created 14 November as World Diabetes Day. These days, November is known as ‘diabetes awareness month’ and people may be seen wearing a blue ribbon to show their support.
 
Differences between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
Type 1 shows itself in childhood and you need to inject yourself regularly with insulin injections to manage your blood sugar levels. Whereas, Type 2 is very specifically related to lifestyle. It is usually more common in middle-aged adults. While genetics do play a part in contracting the disease, unhealthy lifestyles and obesity are directly linked to Type 2 diabetes.
 
How do you know you may have diabetes?
You should have your blood glucose levels checked at least once a year once if:
●     It runs in the family
●     You are aged 40 or older
●     You are overweight
●     You lead a relatively unhealthy lifestyle – stress, bad eating habits, drinker, smoker, etc.
The reason for this is with Type 2 diabetes you may not experience initial symptoms, which is what makes the disease so dangerous. 
 
The 10 known symptoms of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are:
1.  Frequent urination
2.  Feeling hungry all the time
3.  Abnormally thirsty
4.  Sudden and unexplained weight loss
5.  Tired all the time
6.  Irritable
7.  Blurry vision
8.  Sores that heal slowly
9.  Frequent gum, skin and vaginal infections
10. Ketones in your urine, which only a test can show
 
If you have diabetes, there are the 5 ways you can manage the disease
 
Find a good clinic or doctor to help you manage your disease, and keep regular appointments - listen to your healthcare professionals and respect their knowledge about diabetes.
Keep a check on your blood sugar levels using a blood glucose metre - the better you can keep your blood sugar stable, the better control you have over the disease. At DMC Medical Suppliers, we stock various blood glucose metres. Find out more about them here.
Eat a healthy diet which excludes sugar, bad carbohydrates, junk food, sugary drinks and alcohol - it’s okay to have a little sugar occasionally, but you must keep an eye on your levels using your blood glucose metre.
Start exercising as it is one of the most effective ways to keep blood sugar levels stable - walk, run, cycle, swim, do whatever it takes to get you from being inactive to active.
Change your attitude and change your life from living unhealthily to living healthily - a good attitude towards your health and wellness is already half the battle won.
 
By changing your lifestyle and taking control of your blood sugars, you can manage your diabetes and live a long, healthy life. It’s all about having the right support, the right attitude and the right medical equipment.
 
Do you have a blood glucose metre? It will change the way you manage your diabetes. Contact us for your diabetic needs.


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