We will try to answer some of the more common diabetes questions.
Medical science is making new discoveries regularly, but there still remain many unanswered questions concerning diabetes.
Questions About Diabetes
Will there be a cure anytime soon?
We all wish a cure would be here today. Sadly, due to the complex nature of Diabetes a complete cure has not been found yet. Promising progress is made however. Type 1 diabetes research has resulted in some interesting possible cures lately. Though more tests are needed before such a medicine could be mass produced and made available for patients.
Can diabetes cause depression?
It can, just like many other illness. Most depressions related to diabetes will last a few weeks. If you have been depressed for more than 2 - 3 weeks then you will need to visit your doctor. You may have a major depression caused by something other than diabetes. Depressions related to diabetes are caused by the effects diabetes has on the blood stream. Your brains do not receive the normal amount of blood causing (usually) light depressions. Diabetes patients are more at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease due to this.
So I Heard Exercising Is Important?
It is very important in controlling your weight, blood pressure, and glucose. Regular exercise can lower the risk of heart disease. 30 minutes of physical activity 5 days a week is recommended. This does not have to be intensive activity, but enough to use most of of your bodies' muscles.
Some activities that are great for much needed exercise are : swimming, running, bicycling, dancing, mowing the lawn. Start slowly and increase the duration of your activity step by step. Pick the activity you enjoy most!
Yeah OK but how can I prevent diabetes?
Some forms of diabetes are not completely preventable. However, you can reduce the chances of getting it by exercising and losing weight. If you are overweight then developing diabetes is very likely. It is no coincidence that in today's overweight society diabetes is a very common disease. We do too little physical activity, and our eating habits are unhealthy. This must stop for hundreds of reasons. A study has shown that reducing your overall body weight with 5 to 7% can have a very possible effect on preventing diabetes. It's definitely worth having a healthy weight. Not just to prevent diabetes.
Pre-diabetes, what is that?
If your blood glucose levels are higher than normal but are not yet reaching diabetes levels, then you are called a pre-diabete. The problem with pre-diabetes is that you will not usually experience any symptoms. Regular check-ups
are therefore even more important in today's world. Your doctor will be able to help you further.
I know smoking is bad, but is it related to diabetes?
We don't have to tell you how unhealthy smoking is for your body. But perhaps you did not know that smoking raises your blood glucose levels, and blood pressure. Both of these are highly damaging to people with diabetes. We know it won't be easy to stop smoking - but continuing, especially with this disease, will cause your health to worsen further and further. Smoking and diabetes both cause your immune system to "lower its defenses" considerably - making you a lot more receptable to viruses and other diseases.