I get a lot of people asking me at #HealthCare4All and my pharmacy about diabetes, so i thought I would write this weeks blog explaining what diabetes is and what treatments are available.
Millions of people all over the world suffer from diabetes. This is a chronic illness where the sugar level of a person is too high that it starts affecting their body’s normal processes.
Causes and Risk factors
Diabetes develops when the body has a resistance to insulin, or doesn’t produce enough of it. This hormone produced in our bodies controls the blood sugar level. Although we need sugar, or glucose, in our bodies to serve as fuel and energy, too much of it will cause problems with our digestive and excretory system.
People who have a family history of diabetes are at high risk of developing it. Being overweight, stressed, not having a balanced diet and being less physically active are also risk factors.
There are two types of diabetes:
Type 1 diabetes: Occurs when the body is not producing any insulin or is only producing very little of it. In this case, the body has actually destroyed its own insulin producing cells found inside the pancreas. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune illness.
Type 2 diabetes: Happens when the body’s cells are no longer responding properly to insulin. A big percentage of Type 2 diabetes patients develop the illness because of being unfit and overweight. This form of diabetes develops later in life, but there are cases where patients develop the disease as early as their 20s.
Through diabetic testing, doctors can diagnose this illness during its early stages. This makes it easier for patients to learn about diabetes monitoring and the ways to keep their blood sugar stable. There are many diabetes products available in the market, ranging from special diabetic meals to diabetic foot care.
At HealthCare4All we have a whole range of products including the Accu-Chek Mobile Blood Glucose Diabetes Monitoring System Kit £34.99, which makes blood glucose monitoring easier & more convenient, and allows you to test without inserting or disposing of strips.
0 Strip Free tests on a continuous tape – no single strips to handle or dispose of
6 lancets in a drum – no single lancets to see or touch
Easy lancing with 1-Click action to prime and release
Just 4 simple steps to perform a test
2000 test memory plus 7, 14, 30 and 90 day averages
PC ready reports via a USB cable (not supplied)
No clinical waste
Designed for people with diabetes using insulin
Measures in mmol/L
For more products take a look at HealthCare4All.co.uk
At the end of the day however, prevention is still key when it comes to diabetes. Knowing the risk factors should help people become aware if they can develop diabetes later in life. Having a healthy lifestyle, keeping active and staying away from too much stress helps steer clear of developing diabetes.