Diabetes Day - Be aware of symptoms

In order to prevent diabetes, it is important to keep blood sugar levels low - under 100 mg/dL and glycerated blood glucose levels (HbA1c) below 5.7 per cent. Keeping the blood pressure less than 130/90 mm/Hg is also an important measure in preventing diabetes.

Professor Gerry Rayman, Senior Diabetologist and lead of diabetes research at Ipswich Hospital's Diabetes Centre, said: "Diabetes is fast becoming the biggest health threat in the United Kingdom and can reduce life expectancy".

In 2015, an estimated 1.6 million deaths were directly caused by diabetes. "Adult-onset" type-2 diabetes occurs when the body can not use insulin produced efficiently because of metabolic reasons, forcing the pancreas to overwork and finally stop production. The complications of the disease can lead to heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and lower limb amputation.

This year, the theme for World Diabetes Day was "Women and Diabetes-Our right to a healthy future". I only went to hospital once a year to review my blood glucose control.

A 15-year-old Bengaluru girl who suffers from type 1 diabetes has posted a petition addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Change.org demanding that her condition be declared a disability. Over 200 million women live with diabetes worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The RSA Tower downtown Montgomery will be lit blue Tuesday evening in honor of World Diabetes Day, along with the RSA building in Mobile.

And having diabetes is not a death sentence, and those living with the condition can live normal life and not subject to a diabetes diet, he said. A diabetic can eat everything. A lot of people have been put in bondage and sentenced to a life of beans and unripe plantain.

According to the American Diabetes Association, here in Alabama, 703,105 people live with this disease and almost 2.9 million people are pre-diabetic with the risk of developing the disease.

Making healthier dietary choices, being physically active, losing weight and taking prescription medicine are all ways you can help manage or avoid diabetes, a serious and chronic condition. The LIVING (LIfestyleinterVentionINGestational diabetes) study is aimed at determining whether an affordable and culturally acceptable lifestyle intervention, provided to women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus soon after the delivery of their child, can help reduce the incidence of type-2 diabetes. "Early diagnosis can be accomplished through relatively cheap testing of blood sugar", it said.

Vanessa Coleman

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