Why You Should Start Checking Your Blood Sugar
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WHY SHOULD YOU START CHECKING YOUR BLOOD GLUCOSE LEVELS?
Glucose, also known as blood sugar, is very vital to your health because it is an important source of energy for the cells that make up your muscles and tissues. It is also the body’s main source of fuel.
Now, when there is excess amount of glucose in your blood, it simply means you have what is known as “Diabetes Mellitus”.
Diabetes Mellitus(DM) is a group of diseases which affects how the body uses blood sugar (glucose).
Causes of Diabetes
To understand the causes, first you must understand how glucose is normally processed in the body through the help of a hormone known as insulin”.
Insulin is a hormone that is secreted by a gland in the body known as the “pancreas”.
-The pancreas secrets insulin into the blood stream.
-The insulin helps in pushing glucose from the blood into the body cells, thereby lowering the concentration of the glucose in the blood.
As the amount of glucose in the blood reduces, the insulin level then also drops.
So, I believe that with these, you would agree with me that if there is insufficient insulin to push blood glucose into the cells, there would be excess glucose in the blood(diabetes); or if the insulin is sufficient but fails to function, the same thing would happen right??
So, now what can predispose you to low insulin/slow acting insulin or cause your body to be resistant to insulin action??
Some of them include:
- Weight Gain or Obesity: The more fatty tissues you have, the more resistant your body becomes to insulin.
- Inactivity or lack of physical execise: Physical activity helps you control your weight, uses up glucose as energy, and makes your cells more sensitive to insulin.
- Age: Your risk increases as you get older. This may be because you tend to exercise less, lose muscle mass and gain weight as you age.
Family History of Diabetes
–PolyCystic Ovary Syndrome: For women, having polycystic ovary syndrome can be a predisposing factor to diabetes- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a common condition characterized by irregular mentrual periods, excess hair growth and obesity are at higher risk of having diabetes.
- High Blood pressure
Symptoms of Diabetes include
- Increased Thirst For water
- Too much Urination(Polyuria)- Like waking up countless times at nights to urinate
- Extreme Hunger-Like always feeling hungry even when you feed well
- Unexplained Weight loss
- Poor vision
- Slow-healing sores
- Frequent infections, such as skin, gum, or vaginal infections.
When you should see a doctor
-If you notice the symptoms of diabetes, contact your doctor. The sooner it is diagnosed, the sooner the treatment can begin.
-If you have already been diagnosed with diabetes, you need close medical check up and follow up until your blood sugar level stabilizes.
How to check Blood Sugar
-Random Blood Sugar(RBS) Test: This can be done at anytime of the day, regardless of when you last ate.
-Fasting Blood Sugar: Blood sugar level is checked in the morning after overnight fast.
Other tests include:
-Oral Glucose tolerance test
-Glycated Hemoglobin Test
Almost all the Labs in town do blood sugfar test. The cost is very cheap. Please always walk into the Labs and get your blood sugar checked. It costs little or nothing. Even if you are not having symptoms, just do it.
You can also get glucometer and be doing it at home. It costs within the range of 5000 to 7000 naira. You are doing yourself a big favour
Complications of Diabetes
- -It can cause heart Diseases
- -Damage to the nerves(Neuropathy)
- -Kidney Damage(Nephropathy)
- -Eye damage(Retinopathy)
- -Foot damage
- -Skin conditions
- -Hearing impairments
- -Alzheimer’s disease.
A very chronic disease that involves the foot getting decayed. It is the most distressing of all the complications.
The leg you are seeing belongs to a 50 year old woman. She had diabetes, and was not religious with her drugs. Even when the foot started decaying, she was still going to traditional native doctors to get her self sorted out. Eventually that is what it resulted. She had the leg cut off, because thats the only solution to save her life.
I hope the message sank well?
Can Diabetes Mellitus be treated??
Yes, treatable but not curable.
Lifestyle changes are important in the treatment of diabetes, namely, reducing sugar and carbohydrate intake.
If you already have diabetes, you can take actions that will help your health.-Go for at least 30 minutes a day of moderate activity (like brisk walking) 5 or more days a week. If you’re not active now, work up to that.
- -Get to a healthy weight. If you’re not sure what you should weigh or how to reach a weight loss goal, ask your doctor. You may also want to talk with a nutritionist and a certified personal trainer.
- -Eat a healthy diet. Think fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish, legumes, and other lean protein. Your doctor will advise you better on this.
Medical treatment includes a number of different medications to assist the lifestyle changes you made.
Your doctor will prescribe medications for you depending on:
- -your sugar level
- -underlying health challenges
- -how long it has been with you
- -Other medications you may be taking
I hope this has helped you know a little more about Diabetes Mellitus
Thank you, do have a lovely weekend and always remember that, “Health is Wealth”