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The Need for Diabetes Awareness

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Diabetes awareness should begin at a young age. 'Today's child shouldn't become tomorrow's diabetic'. Children spend so much of their time on gaming devices, television, and cell-phones that their time spent on outdoor activities is limited. Availability of convenient fast foods has added to the problem. This has led to the rise in cases of childhood obesity- a factor that could lead to diabetes in the future. We can save our future by inculcating good eating habits in our kids, encouraging them to participate in sports and outdoor hobbies that will give them an ample amount of physical activity.

Many people aren't even aware that they are diabetic. It might seem a bit strange at first, but diabetic symptoms tend to go unnoticed. Diabetes does display certain symptoms associated with it but they can be pretty vague and could be easily mistaken for other disease conditions. It is time that we raise the bar and make people aware about diabetes.

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Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions and the real culprit could be the sedentary lifestyle that we lead. Lack of physical exercise, consuming junk/fast foods, drinking of carbonated sweetened beverages, reduced exercise, increase in time spent indoors, and binge eating are some of the factors that seem to contribute to the growing epidemic of diabetics.

Diabetics can lead a normal life. No drastic changes need to be done to your lifestyle. You just need to make some simple Lifestyle 'additions'. For example, get a few times from your office desk during the day and walk around. If you are at home, move about the house. Doing simple household work too counts as an activity. Stretch yourself a bit.

'Sitting has become the new smoking'. We need to get up and move. Avoid stress. Take out some time to listen to some soothing music. Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables when you feel hungry instead of fast foods. Try to get adequate sleep.

Medication in the form of insulin and other diabetic medications are taken to lower your blood sugar levels when diet and exercise alone have failed to manage your diabetes. If you are on insulin therapy, check to see if the insulin is stored properly. Take insulin along with other medication, as specified by the doctor. If your diabetes medications are causing blood sugar levels to drop too much, the timing or dosage may be adjusted by the doctor. Before starting to take a particular medication, it is good to ask the doctor.

Diabetes can cause many complications in the long run. It can lead to eye problems, heart disease, nerve damage, kidney problems, foot problems (Diabetic Foot), skin complications and dental diseases. Diabetes can affect the nerves and decrease sensation in the foot. This condition is known as Diabetic Foot. Diabetics need to check their foot regularly for possible signs of injury.

The key to avoiding these complications is control over blood sugar levels. The glucometer is a useful device that could help you monitor your blood sugar levels. It helps determine the level of sugar in the blood.

Diabetes can be controlled by eating healthy foods in the right amounts, getting regular physical activity, taking diabetes medications as prescribed by the doctor, and testing your blood glucose (blood sugar levels) on a regular basis. Diabetes can be an eye-opener. It makes you realize the care your body needs. Get associated with a good comprehensive diabetes management program to see a positive difference in your health.

Senior Medical writer at a Leading Healthcare and Medical Marketing Firm. Dr. Jonathan D'Souza is also the author of the book "Outsmart Diabetes". Check out his blog "Medical Mantra", a pharma blog with a difference.

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