Huwebes, Nobyembre 28, 2013

Diabetes Prevention and Control..

Effective Ways To Stop Diabetes
By: Naomi D. Mercado and Teddy Cho

In photo: Karla Reyes, Susan Amoroso, Juvy De Guzman, Ver M. Garcia, Joey Collantes, Dr. Richard V. Fernando, Dr. Rima T. Tan, Dr. Agnes T. Cruz, Ms. Leyden V. Florido, RN. Name of participants not in proper sequence.. Photo by Ted Cho

Worldwide data gathered proves that by the time diabetes is diagnosed, one fourth of its victims already have complications- mainly in the form of eye and kidney disorder the key to making an impact in such ailments is early detection. The pre-diabetes stage seems to be prevalent as diabetes itself, often described as in between phase where the individual is not yet diabetic yet the blood sugar is not normal.

If early detections is an excellent platform prevention we might as well identify people in the pre-diabetes stage, those that are overweight and obese, those with family history of diabetes mellitus (DM) or women with diabetes during pregnancy, then doctors can possibly intervene at an earlier stage.

Diabetes is a growing epidemic worldwide. In the Philippines, the prevalence of diabetes among Filipino adults has gradually increased over the past ten years up to 7.2 % as of  2008. According to the National Nutrition and Health Survey (NNHES) and the next survey would be projected that the prevalence will increase to around 10.2 %, a ratio of one in ten Filipino adults.

Some ways to address the growing problem of diabetes are as follows:
1. Identify those who are at risk for developing diabetes.
2. Check their blood sugar.
3. Educate them on how to prevent diabetes.
It is estimated that people with pre-diabetes is half of those with identified diabetes.

After identifying people at high risk, testing for their blood sugar levels will help confirm if they have elevated blood sugar levels. For those who are pre-diabetes certain lifestyle intervention have already been proven to prevent diabetes in clinical trials involving thousands of peoples who were followed up for as long as 7 to 20 years. Among lifestyle changes which were even more effective than medications that were used in clinical trials includes: weight reduction of 5 to 7%. a moderate exercise of 30 minutes per day and reduction of daily fat consumption or intake from 25 to 30% of total calories. (VerGarciaBlogs)

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