A staggering 422 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes. These are only numbers of people who have detected the disease or who are getting treated for it. There is however a huge majority of people that isn’t even aware of the fact that they are affected by the disease.
On the occasion of World Diabetes Day (14thNovember), we have collated some diabetes facts that you ought to know. Here they are:
- There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 in which there is a lack of insulin production in the body, and Type 2 in which the body does not effectively use insulin produced in the body.
- Type 1 diabetes is caused by the immune system attacking the insulin producing cells in the pancreas.
- Type 2 diabetes is more common than Type 1.
- Type 2 diabetes often does not show any warning or symptoms, thus, making it harder to detect.
- You are at diabetes risk if you:
- Are overweight
- Are 45 years or older
- Have a parent or a sibling Type 2 diabetes
- Are physically less active
- Have ever had gestational diabetes(diabetes while pregnant) or given birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
- A healthy diet plan used by any individual can also be used by a diabetic to keep his/her diabetes in check.
- In many case diabetes can cause blindness, kidney failure or even heart attack.
- People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop heart disease as those without diabetes.
- Smokers are 30-40% more likely to get diabetes over non-smokers.
- About one third of all people with diabetes don’t know they have the disease. Early diagnosis and treatment is the starting point of living a good life with diabetes.
These are just few of the points to remember about the diabetes this world diabetes day.