Diabetes is probably one of the biggest lifestyle diseases today, and the number of people living with diabetes is increasing day by day. Did you know that more than 29 million people in the United States are diabetic and the possibilities are that more than 8 million may not be aware that they have diabetes? Moving towards the worldwide statistics, it’s more horrifying, i.e. according to a 2015 report published by The International Diabetes Federation, more than 400 million people were living with diabetes.
Moreover, according to the estimates of World Health Organization (WHO) 90% of the diabetic people around the world have type 2 diabetes, and in 2012 only 1.5 million deaths have been caused by diabetes. The same fact sheet anticipates that the number of deaths caused by diabetes worldwide will be doubled by 2030.
So, it is very important for every household to have some basic information about diabetes. Being a mommy, you the person responsible for the health and fitness of whole family, so it is crucial for you know the diabetes basics, so can prevent and tackle in case if anyone in the family is at risk of diabetes.
I will discuss three basic yet most important points that every woman should know about diabetes.
1- Both men and women are at risk of diabetes as they age; but it often strikes women differently than men due to various reasons. For instance, the risk factors in men include smoking, being overweight/obese, sedentary lifestyle and lack of physical activity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and unhealthy diet. While in women, diabetes may happen due to pregnancy, polycystic ovary syndrome, giving birth to an overweight baby (more than 9 pounds), being overweight, and having a family diabetes history, high blood pressure and cholesterol. This article discusses gender and diabetes in details and is worth reading.
2- How do you know if a person has diabetes? (Know the Signs & Symptoms)
Noticing the early signs and symptoms of diabetes can actually help you a lot to prevent the condition from getting worse. As you already know that the diabetes symptoms in men may be different that those of symptoms in women, however this quick guide will help you identify the early signs and symptoms easily.
Symptoms of Diabetes that are Common in Both Women and Men
- Always feeling hungry or thirsty with a dry mouth.
- Chronic Weakness
- Frequent urination
- Cuts and wounds that heal slowly
- Sudden weight loss
- Blurred vision
- Numbness in hands and feet
- Frequent skin infections
Signs of diabetes in women can however, be more than the list above, i.e. women with following symptoms may also be at risk of diabetes:
- Vaginal infections
- Urinary Tract Infections UTIs
- Poor sexual health
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Other than these, a low thyroid function may also trigger type 2 diabetes, particularly in women. Here is a detailed explanation of low thyroid function and type 2 diabetes. If you notice the above signs, it’s always better to get a quick blood test done to be sure whether you have diabetes or not.
3- How to Prevent & Treat Diabetes at Home:
Though the type 2 diabetes is not an infectious disease, but it can be fatal if not dealt rightly on time. As discussed in the beginning of this article, more than 1.5 million deaths in 2012 alone were caused by diabetes. But the good news is that type 2 diabetes is generally preventable and even you can treat it at home. This article on how to cure diabetes naturally at home, really useful.
You would be happy to know that more than 50% of the diabetes cases can be avoided by taking few simple steps like:
- Keeping weight under control; it’s important to keep an eye on the scale on regular basis. A controlled weight will help you not just to prevent diabetes, but a lot of other health issues can also be avoided by maintaining a healthy weight.
- Having an active lifestyle; our basal metabolism rate starts slowing down as we age, and as a result we witness weight gain and obesity, because the body is not getting enough exertion to make use of the calories that it is taking. But we can boost metabolism with regular exercise and a healthy and active lifestyle. Even if you are a super busy person, a few lifestyle changes can improve your quality of life by improving your metabolism, i.e. take stairs instead of elevators, park your car a bit far, split three large meals into six small meals, drink lot of water, do some sports and so on. Make sure to have at least 30 minutes of activity 5 days a week.
- Eating healthy; yes, we are living in most advanced age where we are always in hurry, so many times we prefer fast food which is the biggest culprit not just to make you prone to diabetes and obesity, but a lot of other issues as well. It’s better to fill your fridge with vegies and fruits, reduce the usage of processed food, limit the dine outs and cook healthy.
- Quitting smoking; once upon a time quitting smoking was the hardest thing, but not now. There are a lot of products that can help you quit smoking as if you were never addicted to it.
- Taking few dietary supplements; as a fact of the matter, the food available in supermarkets today is not as healthy as it should be and not everyone can afford organic food, so it is essential to take some dietary supplements to make sure that your body’s nutritional requirements are fulfilled properly.
The Bottom Line:
Diabetes is though not a contagious disease, the number of global incidence of diabetes is increasing alarmingly, and the main reason for rapid increase of diabetes worldwide is the lack of awareness. Keep yourself updated, look for signs and symptoms, and take the precautions; that is the only way to prevent yourself and your family from diabetes.