New York city: 350 million people worldwide have diabetes, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the number is set to double in the next 20 years.
WHO chose to focus on diabetes this World Health Day to bring awareness to the disease impacting millions of people globally. Combating diabetes is crucial as it leads to serious damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves. WHO hopes that creating awareness of the disease will help ‘prevent, treat and beat’ diabetes.
“Since India’s diabetes problem is turning into a situation that cannot be ignored, this theme really needs to be embraced for our country’s sake,” says Dr Roshani Sanghani, a Consultant Endocrinologist and Founder of the Diabetes Self-Management Clinic at PD Hinduja National Hospital. A growing number of younger people are also getting diagnosed with diabetes in India, Sanghani reveals.
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Living with diabetes can be difficult, so she advises those struggling with the disease to find a support group. “What helps is to find people who are on a similar journey, talk to those who have had some experience with changing their lifestyle, establish a diabetes support group for yourself, and find a healthcare provider that can understand and address your worries and concerns about diabetes” Sanghani urges.
Having the support, Sanghani says, helps people living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes “self-manage their chronic condition and achieve better glucose control, often times while needing less medication”.
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So let’s BEAT diabetes with these WHO recommendations:
Eat healthy: Eating a healthy diet that is low in sugar and saturated fats can help prevent Type 2 diabetes, and help people to manage Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes if they have it.
Be active: At least 30 minutes of regular, moderate-intensity activity regularly, can help prevent Type 2 diabetes and its complications.
If in doubt, check!: Symptoms for diabetes include thirst, hunger, weight loss, fatigue and blurred vision. However, a lot of people with diabetes do not show symptoms. If you feel you might have the disease, consult a health-care professional to get help as soon as you can.
Follow medical advise: There are various treatments to manage diabetes and control blood glucose. People with diabetes can live well if they follow a plan that is developed together with their health-care provider.