Stop Sitting, Move More to Avoid Diabetes

Time spent in sedentary behavior – sitting or lying down – has a stronger impact on diabetes risk than does moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) in adults, new research shows.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

The most common symptoms include:

  1. Frequent urination: When insulin is unable to remove glucose from the blood, the body starts eliminating the excess glucose through urine. Kidneys draw out extra water from the blood to dissolve and eliminate the excess glucose.
  2. Thirst: With the kidneys drawing more and more water from the blood to eliminate the glucose, the body is dehydrated leading to unquenchable thirst.
  3. Unusual weight loss: This is more common with type 1 diabetes. Since the cells do not get sufficient glucose for energy, the muscle and fat cells are broken down for energy and result in weight loss.
  4. Weakness and fatigue: Lack of energy producing glucose in the cells cause a drop in energy levels and cause fatigue and weakness. Extreme hunger also results from the drop in energy of the cells.
  5. Numbness of extremities: Consistently high glucose levels damage the nervous system, especially at the extremities.
  6. Other symptoms: Vision problems (blurring), itchy or flaky skin, unhealing wounds, and frequent infections of the gum, skin and bladder are other classic symptoms of diabetes.

Complication of Diabetes:

Diabetes is becoming as increasingly common condition amongst every population group, both in the developed and developing countries. Diabetes has a major impact on the physical, psychological and general well being of individuals and their families. It can lead to disabilities, for example blindness, chronic morbidity and morality through heart disease, stroke and renal failure. Yet there is evidence that effective treatment can increase life expectancy, reduce the risk of complications and even delay or prevent onset.

The life long disease diabetes and its complications cause a patient to suffer physically, financially and mentally. Strong and effective measures like early detection of cases, education, knowledge and awareness about diabetes be propagated to the public in general by the Diabetic Association, Social and humanitarian organizations and the state itself. The state must think seriously how to save its human resources, and how to save its foreign currencies involved in importing huge amount of life saving injection the insulin.