Diabetes is termed, by doctors all over the world, as a silent killer. It is a medical condition that slowly damages almost every organ inside our body and eventually, ruptures the entire physiological system. Over 3 million people in the UK suffer from this deadly disease. Apart from that, near about a million suffer from it but are yet to get diagnosed.
Experts from Medical Express Clinic, located at Harley Street in London have prepared an FAQ to boost public about Diabetes. In case you have more queries or anything particular to ask about, just feel free to contact us.
Medically, the disease is called Diabetes Mellitus and it is broadly divided in three types:
Type 1 or juvenile or insulin-dependent diabetes
Type 2 or non insulin-dependent diabetes, affecting almost 90% of the patients and
The causes of diabetes vary widely, ranging from your family history, health, ethnicity, the local environment, formation of your genetic structure and others. There’s no single cause that fits all types of the disease. It depends on an individual and the type of diabetes he or she is diagnosed with.
It is caused when the pancreas stops making insulin. Thus, your body suffers from dysfunction of the pancreatic gland. This malfunctioning of the body part is called an autoimmune reaction. According to medical experts, there’s no particular reason behind development of this diabetes type. Some factors that are under suspicion include:
A strong bacterial or viral infection
Toxic chemicals that we consume with foods
Unidentified causes that trigger the autoimmune reaction
On the other hand, diabetes caused due to genetic factor is also considered as Type 1 diabetes.
When more than one cause blend together to cause the disease, it is Type 2 diabetes. Mostly it is seen, family history of a patient plays the most significant role in such cases. You have greater chances of being a victim of Type 2 diabetes if you’re:
Leads a sedentary lifestyle
Maintains a poor and unhealthy diet
Even pregnancy and prolong illness may lead you to be a victim of Type 2 diabetes.
The factors that trigger gestational diabetes or diabetes during pregnancy are yet to be uncovered. However, doctors identify a number of factors that increase the risk of developing this medical condition. These include:
Obesity or overweight
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Giving birth to a baby, who weighs more than 9lbs
It is also seen some particular ethnic communities have greater chances of developing this variety of diabetes.
Research shows, consumption of red meat increases the chance of various cardiovascular diseases and colorectal cancer. Experts from the Harvard School of Public Health are of the opinion that excess consumption of red meat also increases the chance of developing type 2 diabetes.
Sugar does not trigger the chronic disease, but it can definitely play a crucial role in determining the way how a patient develops type 2 diabetes. Consuming excess amount of sugar in foods and drinks will make you put on weight. Thus, you become prone to be a victim of type 2 diabetes.
Mental stress that you suffer from makes a big impact in the way your body responses physically. Psychological stress increases the blood sugar level and over a prolonged period, it may lead to the chronic disease of diabetes.
Diabetes experts identify some typical symptoms as early signs of the disease. These include:
Sudden increase of thirst
The mouth frequently going dry
Feeling hungry specially after a meal
Frequent urination (females may also suffer from frequent urine infections)
Feeling physically exhausted
Sudden loss in body weight
In addition to the factors mentioned above, you may also suffer from chronic headaches and blurred vision. Whenever you experience one or more of these symptoms, visit your General Practitioner for a consultation.
Just don’t ignore these symptoms. As said earlier, diabetes or blood sugar is the silent killer and it is potential enough to make you suffer right in the hell. However, with proper consciousness, care, diet, medicines and lifestyle, you can definitely keep it under control. Avoid junk and fast foods, smoking (or any other form of tobacco consumption), perform some kind of physical workout in routinely manner, avoid mental stress as much as possible and just say NO to sedentary lifestyle. Experts at Medical Express Clinic assure, these factors will keep you going in the right direction from being a victim of the chronic but silent killer disease.