Are You at Risk?
You could be one of many Indians who have type 2 diabetes and don't know it!
If you are age 30 or over, you are at risk for type 2 diabetes and should be tested at least every TWO years. If you check any of the boxes to the right, you should be tested for diabetes earlier and/or more often.
Your Risk Assessment
I have a parent, brother or sister with diabetes.
I am a member of a high-risk group (Aboriginal, Hispanic, Asian, South Asian or African descent).
I have health complications that are associated with diabetes (see list below).
I gave birth to a baby that weighed over 3.4 kg (9 lbs) at birth
I had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy)
I have been told I have impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) or impaired fasting glucose (IFG)
I have high blood pressure.
I have high cholesterol or other fats in my blood.
I am overweight (especially if you carry most of your weight around your middle).
I have been diagnosed with any of the following conditions:
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- Acanthosis nigricans (darkened patches of skin)
- Overweight/Hypertension/lipid abnormality
Don't ignore these risk factors. Act fast..
The earlier you are diagnosed, the sooner you can take action to stay well — now and in the future! Remember -If you already have diabetes, your children, brothers and sisters are at risk. Urge them to be tested for diabetes.
Today, more than ever before, people with diabetes can expect to live active, independent and vital lives if they make a lifelong commitment to careful management of the disease.
It is important to be tested for type 2 diabetes if you are at risk. Left untreated or improperly managed, diabetes can result in a variety of complications, including:
- Heart disease /Heart Attack/Angina
- Kidney disease /Kidney Failure
- Eye disease /Blindness
- Problems with erection (impotence)
- Nerve damage /Neuropathy
Recognize these signs?
Signs and symptoms of diabetes include:
- unusual thirst
- frequent urination
- weight change /loss
- extreme fatigue or lack of energy
- blurred vision
- frequent or recurring infections
- cuts and bruises that are slow to heal
- tingling or numbness in hands or feet
- trouble getting and maintaining an erection
- frequent abortions
Diagnosis of diabetes
Fasting blood glucose (FPG)
You must not eat or drink anything except water for at least eight hours before this test.
A test result of 126 mg per 100 ml(126 mg%) or greater indicates diabetes.
Casual blood glucose
This test may be done at any time, regardless of when you last ate. A test result of 200 mg% or greater, plus symptoms of diabetes, indicates diabetes.
Oral glucose tolerance test
You will be given a special sweetened drink prior to this blood test. A test result of 200 mg% or greater taken two hours after having the sweet drink( 75 G of Glucose in water) indicates diabetes.
½ Hourly Tests are OBSOLETE
A second test must be done in all cases (except if you have acute signs and symptoms). Once diabetes has been diagnosed, ask your doctor to refer you for diabetes education. Dr. Raj Kumar Lalwani’s Diabetes and Heart Care is available to help you understand diabetes better and live a long and healthy life.
Tip Of the Day: 30 minutes of brisk walking per day maintains your weight BUT if you want to lose weight then 30 minutes brisk walk has to be complimented by a 400 calories diet restriction YES that simply means cut down your food by at least 25%
Tip Of The Day 2:If there is a gap of more than 48 Hrs between your two exercise sessions then the benefits of previous session will not be there to add up to your current session ! In Diabetes Exercise improves sensitivity of your system to Insulin but this improvement is lost if there is a gap of more then 48 Hrs between two sessions of evercise!
Tip Of The Day:NO SPECIAL DIET PLAN NEEDED
There is no such thing as Diabetic Diet !! Never ask for a Printed Meal Plan !That will always fail
Just avoid foods with High Caloric Value (Calorie Dense Food) and Food with High Trans Fat,
Like: Cookies, Candies, Chocolates, Pizzas, Maida,Paranthas,Cakes,Pastries etc.
A piece or two of Potato in sabzi is OK ,BUT enjoying Aloo Tikkis or Aaloo Chat, a plateful, is of course not permissible.Similarly You can go for one small cube or half a teaspoon of Sugar in Tea ,-may be two three times in a day IF AND ONLY IF you do not do other misadventures with food and you are keeping your sugars well under Control”!
ENJOY and Wishing You all Best Of Wishes for Eid to all my readers !
Wait For my Inputs on Artificial sweeteners!Coming Soon
-Diet Tip Of The Day -Tip No 2: Consuming White Meat in excess is as bad as consuming Red Meat