The world is observing November 14 as World Diabetes Day, a disease which people have when their blood sugar (blood glucose) becomes too high. For type 1 diabetes, there are no lifestyle changes you can make to lower the risk but in case of type 2, a healthy diet and proper exercise can take you out of the danger zone.
The survey was conducted across 14 cities in the country - Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Indore, Guwahati, Kochi and Vijayawada.
"The Region of the Americas has the highest levels of childhood obesity in the world, which means that in the future we will have more people with chronic diseases such as diabetes,"said PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne". Only 10 percent of those with pre-diabetes know they have it, but with awareness and simple actions, people with pre-diabetes may prevent the onset of diabetes.
According to an estimate, the diabetic population in India is expected to grow up to 134.3 million by 2045. The study says that worldwide, nearly 90% of all cases of diabetes are Type 2. With type 1 diabetes, the symptoms usually happen quickly, in a matter of days or a few weeks.
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Diabetes has come to be one of the most dreaded offshoots of modern and hectic lifestyles. Pre-diabetes is a condition in which a person's blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis.
Pregnant women in urban areas tend to eat fatty and sugary foods, compared to women in rural areas, which increases the risk of abnormalities of sugar metabolism.
Eye, kidney and nerve damage, stroke, heart attack, hypertension, gum disease, foot problems leading to amputation if not managed properly, and sometimes erectile disfunction in men.
Diabetes symptoms varies from person to person and may include the following.
Often, women tend to overlook their own needs and requirements giving preference to the work and family.
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"I was constantly undermined and told that my diabetes wasn't that serious", says Clare.
This year, the International Diabetes Federation decides to focus on the needs of diabetic women.
More than anything else we as a people are put to ease with the thought that no single disease is being given precedence over the other and all are being tackled with the same amount of effort to promote education, early detection, prevention and management and in some cases eradication of the diseases in Ghana.
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On this day, children enjoy various activities in their schools and participate in competitions and music and dance performance. But this child was walking on a rope tied at a height between two poles to earn money and buy medicines for her ailing mother.