Frequently Asked Questions About Diabetes
Only one of three people with diabetes know that they have it, especially because the symptoms develop gradually and are hard to identify at first, typically for a person with Type 2 diabetes.
We will attempt to answer some of the questions and concerns you may have about the disorder so as to help clear and make this disorder simpler to understand and deal with.
Aside from the trusted care delivered from the world’s leading healthcare experts, Apollo Sugar is, in effect, your one stop shop for all diabetes and related complications, arising out of the disorder as well.
The healthcare solutions provide a diabetic or pre-diabetic with total care which are aimed at treating the person with diabetes, rather than just treatment of the disorder.
Apollo Sugar’s specialized packages provide the diabetic with a series of well thought through services which include periodic consultations with the endocrinologists or diabetologists, lifestyle management related counselling, diagnostic tests, specialized diabetes screenings and a robust patient engagement program, which has been proven internationally in helping diabetics reach their target healthy blood sugar levels.
Apollo Sugar is specialty diabetes care initiative from the trusted Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata group. This collaboration between Apollo and Sanofi, a global healthcare company with deep, worldwide expertise in diabetes, aims to provide world class care for diabetes.
Apollo Sugar has a team of experts including the best endocrinologists and diabetologists with international experience, well experienced dietitians, diabetic educators and physiotherapists – a complete team to provide holistic diabetes care.
The innovative care solutions at Apollo Sugar include ultra-modern equipment along with a technology based care program, which not only help manage the diabetes of an individual but also the complete lifestyle. Apollo Sugar’s Patient Engagement Program is based on proven success in providing effective treatment and support to the diabetic and his family.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is very essential for the control and management of diabetes. This includes making healthy eating choices and having an active lifestyle that includes some amount of walking, running and exercise. If proper lifestyle decisions are not made, diabetes can spiral out of control leading to various health complications.
A diet plan is tailor made, keeping in mind the specific requirements of an individual’s condition. It is always beneficial to follow a diet plan so that all the nutritional requirements are adequately met. Many of the times our normal diet misses few important nutrients in our daily routine; a dietician on observing a patient’s diet ensures that these gaps are filled.
For diabetics who are obese it would be helpful to lose weight to maintain blood sugar levels and a correct diet plan by a dietitian, would help in achieving these targets.
Sweets are rich sources of simple carbohydrates as well as fat and they increase the risk for cardiac diseases. So it is always better to discourage oneself on the intake of sweets. Other options like milk based sweets (oats porridge, vermicelli kheer) with small amount of sugar free supplement may be advised for patients whose blood sugars are under control; but always going by what your care-giver advises is the best thing to do.
Diabetic diet should be low in sugar, low in saturated fat and high in fibre. More of the carbohydrate must be given as complex starches rather than simple sugars as they breakdown more slowly to release glucose in blood. The presence of fibre in complex carbohydrate like whole grains, vegetables and other starches slow the glucose absorption. One should emphasise more on the high fibre foods such as whole cereals, pulses, vegetables and fruits.
While there is no way to prevent Type 1 diabetes, it is possible to prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes to some extent by following a proper lifestyle including balanced & healthy diet and regular physical activity.
- The most common tests are:
- GTT (Glucose Tolerance Test)
- FBG (Fasting Blood Glucose) & PPBG (Post Prandial Blood Glucose)
- HbA1c (Glycated Haemoglobin levels)
- Most individuals with diabetes exhibit these common symptoms:
- Increased thirst
- Weight loss
- Blurred vision
- Sores that do not heal
- Increased hunger
- Frequent fatigue
- Increased urination (especially at night)
India has more than 72.2 Million pre-diabetic cases (both diagnosed and undiagnosed). Pre-diabetes means that your blood sugar level is higher than normal but not yet high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. Without intervention, pre-diabetes is likely to become type 2 diabetes in 10 years or less. You need to get yourself screened regularly to determine whether you are pre-diabetic or not and keep diabetes at bay.
Diabetes is a health condition that arises when the body is unable to process sugar/glucose correctly. Due to this medical malfunction, glucose in the blood cannot enter the body cells due to lack of insulin resulting in an abnormally high level of glucose in the blood stream.