Prevention is better than cure

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Right after my Dad recovered from his appendicitis surgery, he became Diabetic. And we did not know it was coming.

Suddenly, everything has changed. From a recovered healthy man, to a grumpy, irritable and uneasy father who develop self-pity.

But what are family’s for?

We supported him, daily consumption of sweets (chocolates, candies, and all kinds of desserts) were lessen, no more sodas, less rice and even fruits such as mangoes, watermelons etc.

Suddenly, I felt like dying. (A perspective of a self-proclaimed person with sweet tooth)

Diabetes, often referred to by doctors as diabetes mellitus, describes a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), either because insulin production is inadequate, or because the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both. Patients with high blood sugar will typically experience polyuria (frequent urination), they will become increasingly thirsty (polydipsia) and hungry (polyphagia).

Here are the common symptoms of early stage diabetes:

1. Increased Thirst & Urination – once your glucose level in the blood rise, your kidneys will filter it from the blood, so if there are too much glucose in the blood, the kidneys will not be able to function well.  The excess glucose will now be excreted to your urine along with fluids from your body. this will cause you to urinate more frequent than normal because your body attempts to expel the glucose. You now become chronically dehydrated and the urge to drink more increases.

2. Increased Hunger – your body needs to utilize insulin to pull glucose into your body. When you lack insulin, or are insulin resistant, your body is unable to store glucose to produce energy. This translates to increase hunger as the body attempts to increase calories to produce energy.

3. Weakness and Fatigue – this is the result to the body’s inability to utilize energy (glucose). Without glucose intake, the body doesn’t have the proper amount of energy to function well that will lead to fatigue and weakness.

4. Weight Loss – when the body excretes too much glucose, it does not store enough energy to help the body to function well. The body excretes the glucose in urine and decreases the glucose the amount of calories absorbed into the cells. When this happen, you will end up losing weight.

5. Numbness – also known as diabetic neuropathy, is a condition which damage the nerves as a result of the complication of high blood glucose levels. When blood glucose levels are elevated, it interferes with the signals transmitted by nerves. The walls of small blood vessels are weakened, cut-off blood supply to the nerves which lead to numb the outermost extremities starting with the feet.

6. Blurred Vision – high blood glucose can cause the lens of the eye to swell and change shape causing your vision to suddenly become blurry.

7. Sores that heal slowly – most common symptom of diabetes. When the glucose levels rise in the blood, it inhibits the normal working process of the immune system. This slows the white blood cells and its normal healing process causing any sores or wounds to heal slowly.

So if you are exhibiting any of the following symptoms, have your blood glucose levels checked and immediately consult your doctor. It is still cheaper to prevent than find yourself under medication.

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