According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) “Diabetes is a major cause of blindness,
kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation”.
What is Diabetes? It’s a disease that occurs when the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin or due to an issue in your body, it cannot use the insulin that is produced. It is insulin that regulates the blood glucose or blood sugar as is commonly referred to
Once, you are diagnosed with Diabetes you run the risk of facing complications such as Heart disease (Heart Attacks / Strokes, CKD (Chronic Kidney diseases), Retinopathy (Problems in the eyes), Nerve Damage (Neuropathy) and other related diseases including some types of Cancer & impotence in men is among a range of other diseases. The complications that set in, if you have Diabetes (high glucose levels in your blood) can generally be categorised as chronic complications & acute complications:
Acute complications are those that can happen at any moment and can lead to Chronic/long-term deterioration of your health. Diabetic Ketoacidosis is one such life-threatening emergency where the lack of insulin and high blood sugars leads to a build-up of ketones.
Chronic complications are those that occur gradually over a long period of time when you are a Diabetic and you neglect to make necessary lifestyle changes. This can lead to critical damage to your organs and become life-threatening if the complications go unchecked and untreated.
Diabetes can be controlled and managed well with a healthy diet, regular physical activity and ensuring that you have normal body weight. With regular screening, medication, correct diet and physical activity, the acute and chronic complications arising from Diabetes can be controlled and managed.