Facts about diabetes

Diabetes is a long-term disease, a condition which should be taken care of intensively. Sadly, many people aren’t even aware that they are diabetic. It’s essential to know if you are pre-diabetic, or undiagnosed type 1 diabetes,  type 2 diabetes or Gestational diabetes. As diabetes is a silent killer.

Facts about diabetes

  • According to The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) over 382 worldwide are currently affected by diabetes and is expected to affect 552 million by 2030.


  • The expenses incurred in treating diabetes are 2.3 times higher than those incurred by Americans without diabetes.


  • There are three types of diabetes, namely- Type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes. Among the types, type 2 diabetes is the most common one. Type 2 Diabetes can be controlled by following a healthy diet plan, exercise and monitoring their blood glucose level regularly.


  • It is estimated that 90% to 95% of all the cases of diabetes in the world are type 2 diabetes.


  • Type 1 diabetes is a case where the body stop producing insulin at all. The Patient is required to take an insulin injection for the rest of the life to enable the proper function of the blood glucose in their body. Ensuring a healthy diet plan, insulin will enable a type 1 patient to live a healthy normal life.


  • Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes occurred in a woman during pregnancy. It is a form of glucose intolerance, usually diagnosed in  women during the 2nd or 3rd trimester of pregnancy. About  3-10% of all pregnant women are diagnosed with gestational diabetes. These women shortly after pregnancy, they have high blood glucose and their bodies are unable to produce enough insulin to transport to all of the glucose into their cells, resulting in progressively rising levels of glucose.  According to health and Harvard university, the women whose diet are high in animal fat and cholesterol before becoming pregnant have a higher risk for gestational diabetes than compared to one whose diet were low in cholesterol and animal fats.


  • The most common symptoms of diabetes include- frequent urination, unusual weight loss and weight gain, numbness, cuts and bruises that do not heal, frequent thirst, blurred vision, hunger and tingling in hands and feet.


  • Diabetes is the number one causes of kidney failure.


  • People with diabetes have a higher risk of developing the heart diseases, stroke, blindness than some without diabetes.


  • Smoking has a serious effect on diabetes, diabetes patient needs to quit smoking.


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