Diabetes is an epidemic and one of the greatest global health problems today. Over 370 million people worldwide have diabetes, and more than 80% of all diabetes-related deaths occur in low and middle-income countries.
India is particularly at risk. Over 66 million Indians have diabetes, and additional 77 million have pre-diabetes. The number of people with diabetes is projected to rise to 109 million by 2035 and India will see the world’s biggest increase in diabetes during that time.
Diabetes impacts your quality of life: it may cause you to lose your mobility, stay in the hospital longer, miss work, or even lose your job. If you have diabetes, you may also have hyperglycemia, dyslipidemia and hypertension. Each of these conditions is linked to a number of serious complications, including heart disease, loss of vision, kidney failure, nerve damage, and even amputation.
Understanding the type of diabetes you have is important. The two most-prevalent types of diabetes are Type 1 and Type 2. Over 90% of all diabetes cases are Type 2. The good news is that with proper medical care it is possible to effectively manage both types of diabetes.
Many people believe they aren’t at risk for diabetes because of the popular notion that it only affects the elderly or obese. In reality, women, young adults, and children are at greater risk than ever before due to changing diets and sedentary lifestyles.
Pregnant women are at particular risk for gestational diabetes that also affects newborns, and is an increasing problem in India.
To assess whether you’re at risk, please take a few minutes to estimate your diabetes score.
Most people don’t know that diabetes can lead to serious complications. By learning as much as you can about diabetes, you’ll better understand your care options.
Early detection and ongoing proactive care are key to managing diabetes, but your commitment is just as important. Here are two simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of complications:
At Diabetacare, we believe that the path to diabetes management lies in six A’s:
Awareness about the diabetes and related complications
Acceptance of the condition
Access to quality medical treatment
Adoption of prescribed treatment
Adherence to diet and lifestyle improvements, and
Affordability of care ecosystem.
Adherence is the most vital element of the six A path to diabetes management. We find that for most people, it is also the hardest to achieve.
Our conveniently located partner sites provide counseling, treatment, monitoring, and support — but you are still in charge of your own life. We see the greatest improvements in patients who are both disciplined and proactive in managing their diabetes or risk of developing it.
By embracing small lifestyle changes you can greatly lower your risk for diabetes, delay or prevent diabetes-related complications, and improve your quality of life. Eating a healthy diet, taking up new exercises, and avoiding unhealthy habits will help keep your diabetes under control.
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