Some Facts About Diabetes

We went to my PIL’s house last Sunday and spent the day there. It’s sad to know that my mother in law can’t walk anymore. My father in law is having a hard time dragging the chair where my mother in law is sitting to move her from one place or another. We are now looking for a wheelchair to give both of them comfort.

The last time I saw my MIL walking was on RJ’s birthday last July. My MIL had strokes for 3 times I think and diabetic for years now and is using insulin. High blood pressure and diabetes runs in the family. Her other siblings were also diagnosed of having diabetes. Diabetes is a genetic disease especially for type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is characterized by a lack of insulin production.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. This is the reason why diabetics need an insulin injection if the disease is severe.

In the United States, according to diabetes experts, every hour 2 individuals will go blind, another 5 will start dialysis, 6 will suffer stroke, 9 will go amputation, 10 will have a heart attack (Myocardial Infarction), and another 26 will die. (source)

According to Dr. Sioksoan Chan-Cua, a Pediatric endocrinologist, diabetic score in the Philippines is still low compared with other countries especially Scandinavian nations like Finland, Sweden and Norway, but they are seeing an increase every year. Filipinos love sweets and fatty food and our stable food is rice, which is a starchy food. In her view, this makes diet a primary risk factor to diabetes in the Philippines.

People with pre-diabetes, blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes, are likely to develop diabetes in 10 years if they not take charge of their health. Health care providers recommend:

1. 30 minutes a day of physical activity, coupled with a 5-10% reduction in body weight.
2. Eating a balanced diet, paying close attention to the carbohydrates consumed per day.
3. Limit saturated fats because people with diabetes have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease.
4. Find ways to reduce stress because stress can elevate blood sugar levels.

According to World Health Organization, there are 246 million people in the world living with diabetes. Diabetes is a silent killer as there is usually no early symptom of the disease. So watch your weight, watch what you are eating and live a healthy lifestyle.

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  1. Early in your post you write…

    "High blood pressure and diabetes runs in the family. Her other siblings were also diagnosed of having diabetes. Diabetes is a genetic disease especially for type 2 diabetes."

    So, diabetes is a genetic disease. We can't change the genes we are born with, so I guess there's nothing I can do about my diabetes.

    And then you write:

    "According to Dr. Sioksoan Chan-Cua, a Pediatric endocrinologist, diabetic score in the Philippines is still low compared with other countries especially Scandinavian nations like Finland, Sweden and Norway, but they are seeing an increase every year. Filipinos love sweets and fatty food and our stable food is rice, which is a starchy food. In her view, this makes diet a primary risk factor to diabetes in the Philippines."

    So what is it? Do we create our own diabetes through improper diet and lack of exercise, or are our genes in control leaving us helpless to change our diabetes?

    Come on. Let's stop using the worn out "genetics, not my fault" argument. Diabetes is our fault, and only by taking responsibility for it will we ever slow or reverse it.

  2. so sad to hear that!

  3. thanks for this very educational post :-); i, myself has diabetes…i better do some exercise starting tomorrow!

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