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Priya K + Follow 14 Feb 2016
Diabetes: Don’t sugar-coat the truth.

You’re at a party and that red velvet cupcake is peering at you from a distance. As you force yourself to look away, you see a friend approaching with a chocolate mud pot. You think you’re doing really well, when suddenly you are forced to gulp down a besan laddoo at your Grandma’s behest. We all love sweetness in our lives, but what happens when it gets too much?

Diabetes is a state where your body is not at ease because of high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. Diabetes usually happens in either of the following cases: 1. your pancreas are not producing enough insulin or 2. the cells of your body are not responding to the insulin produced.

How do you know you have it?

Though these may be the common signs and symptoms to look out for, a consult with your doctor is essential before making a definitive diagnosis.

  • Frequent urination
  • Increased thirst
  • Increased hunger
  • Weight gain
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Cuts and bruises that don’t heal quickly

Types of Diabetes

If left untreated, Diabetes can cause complications. Following are the three main types of Diabetes.

  • Type 1: It results when the body doesn’t produce any insulin. It is also known as juvenile diabetes.
  • Type 2: It begins when the body resists insulin, a condition in which cells fail to respond to insulin properly. The primary cause of this is excessive weight and not enough exercise.
  • Gestational Diabetes: It occurs when pregnant women, without a previous history of diabetes, develop a high blood sugar level.

Though the cure is tricky, any type of Diabetes can be managed. Prevention and treatment include following a healthy diet and physical exercises. Blood pressure control is important for people with the disease.

Myths busted

  • Eating too much sugar causes Diabetes: Type 1 diabetes happens when pancreas that make insulin is destroyed. This process has nothing to do with how much sugar a person eats. Type 2 diabetes is mostly inherited, though eating too much sugar can cause weight gain which increases the risk of developing the disease.
  • Diabetics can never eat sweets: People with diabetes need to control the amount of carbs and sugary treats that count as carbs. But this doesn’t mean they cannot ever have any sweets. It means they shouldn’t eat too many sweets and food that is high on calories and low in nutrition.
  • Diabetes is contagious: Although the reason for why people develop diabetes remains unknown, diabetes is not contagious like a cold or flu.

So you can have your cake and eat it too. But only a portion. And then there’s always yoga or gym to burn it off!

Stay fat free and fret-free.

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