Diabetes

I was at our local pharmacy today and saw this little booklet on “Managing Diabetes”. Seeing how my own family members have, unfortunately, contracted this disease, I decided to highlight certain items here for mine as well as your reference. I hope it helps everyone smile.

Diabetes: What you need to know

For our bodies to work properly, we need to convert sugar into energy. A hormone called insulin is essential for the conversion of sugar (glucose) into energy. With diabetes, insulin is no longer produced in sufficient amounts by the body, or the insulin produced is not working properly.

There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. According to the Ministry of Health, diabetes is becoming a common disease and a major concern to healthcare professionals here in Malaysia.

More and more diabetic patients are being admitted into government hospitals. There were 21,872 admissions in 1995; this increased by 80 percent in 2004 (39,358 admissions).

What are the tell-tale signs?

The symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes (which can exist simultaneously) are:

  • Being constantly tired
  • Feeling extremely thirsty
  • Passing more urine than normal
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Itching of the skin or genital area
  • Slow healing of infections
  • Numbness and tingling at the hands or feet

These symptoms can develop suddenly or gradually. If you experience any of these, see your doctor, who can test you for diabetes.

I’ll continue with the Q&A; in tomorrow’s post.

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