Understanding Diabetes: What You Should Know
Diabetes is a chronic condition resulting from insufficient insulin production or the body’s inability to use it effectively. Insulin, a vital hormone, regulates blood glucose levels.
What are the Effects of Uncontrolled Diabetes?
Unchecked diabetes can lead to hyperglycemia, causing severe damage to nerves and blood vessels, impacting vital bodily systems.
What are some symptoms of Diabetes?
Symptoms include excessive thirst, frequent urination, blurred vision, persistent fatigue, and unintentional weight loss.
Diabetes can harm organs like the heart, eyes, kidneys, and nerves, elevating risks of heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, and vision loss.
Nerve damage and poor blood flow can lead to foot ulcers; severe cases may require amputation.
Some Prevention Strategies includes:
Maintaining a healthy weight, engage in regular physical activity, adopt a nutritious diet, and avoid tobacco smoking.
Early diagnosis through affordable blood glucose testing is key. Treatment may involve insulin for type 1 diabetes, foot care, kidney disease screening, and regular eye exams.
At the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, we’re dedicated to providing holistic care and education to empower individuals in managing diabetes.
Stay Informed, Stay Healthy.