What You Need To Know About Diabetes and Why

Diabetes is a serious condition and in the modern era, it’s the most oppressive chronic illness. The condition is continually escalating into trajectory, thus almost considered endemic following its global severity. It affects the human pancreas. The condition is caused by excessive glucose in the blood, a proportion which the body cannot utilize. This glucose is sourced from the digestive processes of particular diets such as rice, sweetened (sugary) foodstuffs, potatoes and breads, also the liver. Diabetes is categorized into 2, the Type 1 & 2 Diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes – this condition emerges when the human body fails to avail insulin. This disease is very common in patients under 40 years. To counter the lack of insulin, physician’s advice on insulin injections and diet change, thus restoring the deficit. Additionally, regular exercises are crucial whilst executing the mentioned routines.

Type 2 Diabetes – this condition escalates when the body produces insulin; however, the amount is insufficient, hence the insulin does not work appropriately. It results in excessive weight, particularly for the senior generations, say 40+ years. Nonetheless, in South Asia and African regions, the symptom of the disease manifests as early as 25 years. In fact, presently, the number of children diagnosed with this disease is on the rise. The best treatment methods for the ailment are natural remedies such as changing eating habits and exercising. Yet, medical treatment such as tablets and insulin injections are introduced to restore blood sugar levels.

Symptoms of Diabetes

The foremost warning signs of the conditions include the amplified thirst and intense tiredness. Additionally, you frequent the restroom often, particularly during night hours. Weight loss is another sign though rarely, but body skin irritation complaints and impaired vision are common as well as general body fatigue and bad temper.

The Diabetes Type 1 develops rapidly and thus the signs of the condition are detected quickly owing to the sudden body change. It can develop in a few weeks.

The Diabetes Type 2 develops gradually. As such, the warning signs in this case are not severe, thus unnoticeable. But, with routine blood test, it will be detected, hence if you are diagnosed with the condition.

How to Detect Diabetes Medically

There are two major tests used (Blood and Urine) to detect diabetes. The urine test is common and involves the use of chemicals in urine samples and a stirring rode. The color change detected determines if you are suffering from the condition. The blood test, however, is a more accurate method. It furthers the test by showcasing levels of glucose in your blood.

How does Diabetes affect your Body?

This condition affects different parts of the body:

  • Too much accumulation of fat around the heart leads to serious conditions.
  • High glucose levels doubles the amount of work the kidney ought to undertake, thereby influencing filtration capabilities.
  • Higher glucose levels in the blood affect blood vessels. As such, vessels directly to the eye are damaged, thus affecting the retina which leads to impaired visions. In addition, it influences blood vessels directly to the feet, thus causing numbness.
  • Higher glucose levels in blood damages body nerves also leading to numbness as well as frequent fainting.

Now that you apprehend how and why diabetes is a serious condition, eat healthy and exercise regularly to evade the horrendous condition.

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HealthReach™ is a lifestyle management app that connects you to exercise programmes, diet control and regular vital health sign measurements. It is designed for people:





A combination of exercise and diet control is effective in alleviating and deferring the onset of metabolic syndrome, and can even reverse Type II diabetes.




Walking

Walking: An Ideal Exercise

  • Suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels with lower risk of injury

  • Well suited for contemporary busy lifestyles as it does not require any exercise gear or special equipment

  • Anyone can simply start by taking a walk after dinner or getting off public transport a few stops earlier and walk


Diet Control

Benefits of Diet Control

  • Better diet control helps maintain a healthy weight which reduces the chance of central obesity, a key underlying cause of metabolic syndrome


Health Sign Measurements

Importance of Regular Vital Health Sign Measurements

  • Help detect early signs of a deteriorating health, and enable more timely mitigation action

  • Conversely, you can also track your improvement at all times



HealthReach’s Key Features:

  • Walking programme with both casual walks and tiered walking modules for all levels of ages and fitness

     

  • Google Maps based Route Planner integrated with the walking programme – design your own walking routes anywhere in the world

     

  • Calorie Reckoner adds up calories of common foods and dishes for better dietary control. Calorie intake exportable to Walk for Health for calculation of desired calorie burn

     

  • Calendar with automatic reminders for vital health sign measurements, medication, medical appointment and exercise. Optional alerts to designated recipients
  • Monitors and tracks vital health signs including blood pressure, blood glucose, body weight and ECG* data with NFC and Bluetooth connected health devices

     

  • The measured data gets automatically uploaded to the app and onto the cloud storage

     

  • If measured data exceeds the preset levels, instant highlight to user and automatic alerts to designated recipients

     

  • All measurements and data can be viewed on a consolidated dashboard for tracking of trends

     

  • Regular updates of health-related news and articles to enhance users' knowledge on health topics

* ECG measurement is currently available on Android smartphones