Diabetes is one of the biggest concerns for the Indians as our country is already known as diabetes capital of the world and the coronavirus pandemic has further increased our problems by making a negative effect on our lifestyle.
What is diabetes?
The major portion of the food that we consume is transformed into sugar (glucose) in order to provide energy to our body. Pancreas produces a hormone insulin which moves sugar from our blood into the cells either for storing it or for energy purposes. A person suffers from diabetes when his body is not able to use insulin in a proper manner or the production of insulin is not enough. This results in our blood sugar going high and what makes diabetes a serious disease is the fact that it can result in other health problems and it can’t be completely cured as well.
What does the expert Dr. Nitin Agrawal say about diabetes?
Mumbai-based Dr. Nitin Agrawal MBBS, MD (Medicine), FCCP (USA), CCEBDM (Diabetes) is a consultant physician and diabetologist and he has done his masters in the Internal medicine and expertise in the critical care. Dr. Agrawal has an inclination in treating the lifestyle disorders such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, thyroid and the complications related to them.
Talking about health and wellness in the times of COVID-19, Dr. Nitin Agrawal says that health has certainly gained a lot of importance in the times of the pandemic as people have understood that we have only our body to live, it is our only and permanent address so it is in our favor to live a healthy lifestyle.
What are the symptoms of diabetes?
Dr. Nitin Agrawal talks about some common symptoms of diabetes such as increase in hunger and thirst, weight loss, blur vision, frequent urination, intense tiredness, sores which don’t get healed, etc. There are different types of diabetes such as Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, Prediabetes and Gestational diabetes and symptoms for all of them may differ a little from each other.
How does diabetes affect people if not managed properly?
Diabetes can’t be cured completely, it can be managed only by following a healthy lifestyle but if it’s not managed in a correct way, it may give rise to many health complications, such as heart disease/ heart attack, loss of vision and hearing, infections and sores which don’t heal and may lead to limb amputation. Diabetes can also result in skin infections and mental health problems such as depression and dementia.
How to manage diabetes?
Dr. Nitin Agrawal has shared some important points which can be very helpful in managing diabetes:
1. Our diet plays an important role in keeping us fit so ensure that you consume a healthy diet, cut on junk food and include more vegetables, fruits and whole grains in your diet.
2. Obesity increases chances of diabetes so try to lose weight.
3. Work-out at least 5 days in a week for minimum 30 mins per day.
4. Take enough sleep and learn how to deal with stress.
5. Stop smoking, consuming liquor and tobacco consumption as well.
Dr. Nitin Agrawal also lays emphasis on taking sugar test on a regular basis and you can consult him in Lotus Diabetic Centre, Vashi, Navi Mumbai & Ojas Multi Specialty Hospital, Sai Hospital in Mumbai for any doubts and issues you have.