National Diabetes Day: Over 700k Alabamians living with disease

Faith Castro
November 15, 2017

Diabetes affects more than 4.5 million people in the UK, and according to Chris Askew, chief executive of Diabetes UK, it is the "fastest-growing health crisis of our time".

"Stigmatisation and discrimination faced by people with diabetes is particularly pronounced for girls and women to carry a double burden of discrimination due to their health status", said Minister Chikukwa.

In reaction to the rise in cases of Diabetes worldwide, it was decided to choose a day of the year to raise awareness of Diabetes and related causes.

"Diabetes can negatively impact the reproductive health of both men and women". This doesn't mean you have to manage your diabetes alone.

"Insulin is a hormone made by specialized cells in the pancreas that allows the body to effectively metabolise sugar for later usage".

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the condition. "Adult-onset" type-2 diabetes occurs when the body can not use insulin produced efficiently because of metabolic reasons, forcing the pancreas to overwork and finally stop production. "Following your diabetes treatment regimen and keeping your blood glucose under control is important to avoid serious complications of the disease".

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Dr Gonza Andabati, a gynecologist/obstetrician at Bethany Women Hospital in Luzira, attributes the high prevalence in urban areas to poor nutrition factors.

Andabati advises, pregnant mothers to regularly exercise, for example take walks, swim or even do chores. The LIVING (LIfestyleinterVentionINGestational diabetes) study is aimed at determining whether an affordable and culturally acceptable lifestyle intervention, provided to women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus soon after the delivery of their child, can help reduce the incidence of type-2 diabetes.

Subramaniam says some 1.8 million Malaysians may have diabetes but were unaware of the disease.

"Women above 35 years tend to have a lot of insulin resistance and therefore increased blood sugar levels", she says.

In 2011 to 2012, the annual incidence of diagnosed diabetes in youth was estimated at 17,900 with type 1 diabetes, 5,300 with type 2 diabetes. "This is confirmed by the very high levels of diabetes among women in the Region".

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