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Today’s Health Tips
24 March, 2018



World Diabetes Day


Diabetes is a lifestyle disease and it is responsible for many other diseases and today it is a major reason of ill-heath among middle aged and aged generation.

Diabetes usually does not catch up early. In most cases the symptoms appear and before we get diagnosed for diabetes it is middle age.

The impact of diabetes is damage to many organs and functions of the body that ultimately results to severe bad health conditions and many succumb to such conditions.

Uncontrolled diabetes i.e. high fasting blood sugar levels, high average blood sugar levels, high postprandial blood sugar levels – overall high sugar levels that is much higher than recommended levels over a prolonged period of months and years can be the reasons of many other diseases.

The Impact of Diabetes



Diabetes impact on heart and circulation of blood is very adverse. Uncontrolled diabetes or high blood sugar levels has negative impact on cholesterol levels, fatty deposit in blood vessels. This can result in cardiac problems, heart attack etc.


Slow Healing:

the healing becomes slow and healing of common cuts and wounds and post surgery stitches etc take much more time. Minor cuts if left untreated and the blood sugar level is not under control the wounds or such may go out of usual proportion and can turn fatal.


Problem in Blood Circulation:

High blood sugar levels can cause fatty deposits in the walls of the blood vessels and it can limit and create some restriction in smooth flow of blood.


Diabetic Neuropathy:

High blood sugar levels or uncontrolled diabetes can narrow the blood vessels in the legs and foot and cause limitation in flow of blood. This can lead to pain in legs and thighs mostly while walking, lack of sensation in legs. This impacts a person ability to walk easily and may limit movement.


Central Nervous System:

Diabetes can damage the nerves and the nervous system and one may lose feelings of pain, heat and cold and making them more prone to injuries. This loss of sensation can happen to a great extent and it impacts normal life. Damage to the central nervous system also impacts memory functions.


Eyesight and Vision:

Diabetic retinopathy can also be result of high blood sugar levels; it is a condition where there is leaking blood vessels. This cause problem in vision and can also cause blindness. People with uncontrolled diabetes may also get cataract at an earlier age. They may also get glaucoma.


Kidneys, Liver, Digestion:

Diabetes can also decrease function of kidneys, liver and cause digestive problems. Constipation or occasional stomach upset can also be noticed. This can turn very serious if not treated and taken regular care. Blood sugar levels are to be kept under control.

Diabetes needs regular care through medicine, monitoring and lifestyle changes. Diabetes if well managed the harmful impact is minimum or may are absent. Some recommended care for keeping diabetes under control

  • Eat as per requirement and as advised by doctor and dietician
  • Avoid junk food, packaged food, aerated drinks etc
  • Do get blood sugar level monitored at home with portable machine
  • Once a month get blood sugar (FF, PP) checked from a reputed lab
  • Every 3 months get your average blood sugar level test done (HB1AC)
  • Yearly 1-2 times or as per advise of your specialist doctor get general health check, cardiac, liver, kidney, eyes etc test done. You can also do at frequency recommended by doctor.
  • Stay in touch with your specialist doctor and do visit as advised
  • Do work out, walk, practice mind training exercises
  • Do take your prescribed medicines and avoid self medication
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