Your Family or Diabetes: Which one would you choose??
Did you know, India currently represents 49 percent of the world’s diabetes burden, with an estimated 72 million cases in 2017, a figure expected to almost double to 134 million by 2025.
With an improving lifestyle and increasing stress in our life, we tend to forget our priorities in terms of taking care of our health and of our family.
You must have heard your grandmother saying “Diabetes runs in our family” Well; she definitely knew the science behind this!!
Due to genetic factors, a majority of the above population are prediabetes, a condition in which blood tests show a blood glucose level that is higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes due to genetic factors.
Blood Relatives with type 1 or type 2 diabetes are also at risk of developing diabetes in later adult life.
It is also very surprising to know that inactive and the excessive consumption of calories is more observed in higher income group and hence many times diabetes is also classed as “Lifestyle Disease”; as incomes have increased, diets have changed to incorporate more processed food, high in sugar and salt.
And people with diabetes run the risk of developing long-term complications associated with diabetes like affecting your eyes, foot or kidneys.
Family plays a major role in preventing the modifiable risk factors of type 2 diabetes. It must be provided through education, eating habits and supporting our diet with diet supplements to live a healthy lifestyle.
Apart from higher income groups, the cost of insulin injections and daily monitoring alone can be a task for the entire family.
Family support in diabetes care has been shown to have a substantial effect on improving health outcomes for people with diabetes.
Also, family needs to understand about the member who is a pre-diabetic and help him/her to protect from the deadly disease.
On the occasion of World Diabetes Day (14th November, every year), let’s try to protect our family by taking control over our lifestyle and preventing sugar enter our bloodstream.
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