How to spot the signs of Type 2 diabetes

Dr. Alan M. Jacobson chief research officer

How to spot the signs of Type 2 diabetes

Typically, people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes from the age of 40, but there are some exceptions.

Julie (Nicholls), from Glemsford in Suffolk, who lives with type 2 diabetes, attended a DESMOND course after being diagnosed three months ago. Obesity accounts for 80-85 per cent of the overall risk of developing the disease, Diabetes UK says, and given that most six out of ten adults in the UK are now overweight or obese, that's bad news.

As well as being advised to eat a healthy diet and take more exercise, both forms of diabetes can be treated using different drugsWhat is type 2 diabetes?

It develops when the insulin-producing cells in the body are unable to produce enough insulin.

More than anything else we as a people are put to ease with the thought that no single disease is being given precedence over the other and all are being tackled with the same amount of effort to promote education, early detection, prevention and management and in some cases eradication of the diseases in Ghana.

Diabetes mellitus commonly referred to as diabetes is a chronic, often debilitating and sometimes fatal disease which normally occurs when there are metabolic disorders in ones system which results in high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period.

"My doctor suggested I attend a one-day DESMOND course which was taking place in Sudbury and said he thought it would help me manage my diabetes - and he was right".

This year, World Diabetes Day is focused on raising awareness about Diabetes among women. You depend on that insulin and you just build that routine into your daily life.

Despite being one of 4.5 million people affected by the condition in the United Kingdom, she says the "lack of understanding" she encountered in the workplace left her feeling "frustrated, anxious and stressed".

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However, whereas a healthier lifestyle can often reverse the symptoms in people with type 2 diabetes, it does not have the same dramatic effect on type 1 diabetes.

According to Diabetes UK, about 700 people are diagnosed every day.

While pregnant women can also suffer from gestinational diabetes, when they produce too much blood sugar while carrying their unborn baby.

Some type 2 diabetics will also need insulin, though it is less common.

Amla has a good source of chromium which shows positive effects on the pancreas, where insulin is produced and therefore, helps to manage blood sugar levels.

At the same time, MOH is encouraging Singaporeans to keep using its diabetes risk assessment tool to detect and address the health condition as soon as possible.

For information or support about living with diabetes, speak to your GP or visit the Diabetes UK website.

He said: "Living with type one diabetes can be really tough at times and it can get you down".

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