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Diabetes - Overview

diabetes overview

Just like a phone needs battery to work, your body too requires glucose to keep running. Diabetes is a disease that affects the way body uses glucose (sugar), its main source of energy.

Here's how it should ideally work,

You eat food. On digestion, glucose from the food gets into your bloodstream. Your pancreas makes a hormone called insulin. Insulin helps the glucose get into the body's cells so that your body gets the energy it needs.

But if someone has diabetes, the body either

Hence, glucose does not enter cells normally and the blood-sugar level goes up!

High sugar in blood can make people sick if they do not manage or take treatment for it.

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder and people need to detect it as early as possible because high sugar levels due to diabetes can cause a lot of harm to the body and several vital organs.

Blood Sugar Values

Normal Blood Sugar - 70-110 Fasting, less than 140 after 2 hours of eating

Pre-Diabetic Blood Sugar - 100-125 Fasting, 140-200 after 2 hours of eating

Diabetic’s Blood Sugar - over 125 Fasting, 200 or above after 2 hours of eating

Myth: Eating too much sugar will cause diabetes.

Truth: Wrong! For a normal person eating too much of sugar will not cause diabetes but people who already have diabetes should not eat sugar.

But yes, having a lot of sugar is not recommended for everyone as it is high calorie and will lead to weight gain.

To live healthy & happy, one must keep a check on the body’s functioning by going for regular health checkups. This helps in assessing risk factors and diagnosing diseases at an early stage, which will result in effective treatment and better management of the condition.

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