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Avoiding Diabetes

In this health article within the series of four, we tackle the issue of how to avoid diabetes. In order to understand this we first need to understand diabetes and what it is. Diabetes information gives us an informed choice and knowing this will give us the best. We then know what we are dealing with on our quest to avoid it. We also need to know what the signs, symptoms and complications are. How can we avoid diabetes if we don't know what we are looking for? It is here that I hope to enlighten the reader further. Then, finally, we need to know practical, preventative means and measures in order that we increase the likelihood of not contracting the condition.

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What Is Type 2 Diabetes?

Symptoms of Diabetes

These symptoms can be gradual and minor.

  • Thirst
  • Weight loss
  • Frequent Urination
  • Blurry Vision
  • Increased Fatigue
  • Tingling in hands and feet
  • Sores are infections - longer recovery process
  • Women could suffer yeast infections and men impotency

What is Diabetes?

If you are reading this hub, you are concerned with developing diabetes and are looking for way in how to avoid diabetes. However, first you need to understand what diabetes is. I have a video to the left that will tell you all about type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes is a chronic condition where the pancreas doesn't produce enough insulin to store the sugar in the blood during the digestion process. Insulin, a hormone, is the key that unlocks the door of cells to help store this sugar for when it is needed. Without insulin, the sugar will swim around the body, via the blood, where it slowly builds up and causes ketoacidosis - a type of poison. This smells like pear drops on the breath. This can be problematic and cause much of the symptoms associated with diabetes.

There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes Mellitus or Juvenile diabetes and type 2 or later onset diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is not preventable whereas type 2 can be. If you want to know more click type 1 diabetes. We shall not be tackling this issue in this article and will be concentrating on how to avoid diabetes in the type 2 format.

An estimated 1/3rd of people with type 2 diabetes don't know that they have it. Knowledge of your family's history of diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure may help you avoid a late diagnosis and illness. It can also help you avoid diabetes in the first place!

You are at risk of contracting diabetes if you are overweight and, as the condition can be around for many years undetected, you will need to be aware if fatigue becomes the normal for you. Watch out for the symptoms of diabetes as this can either happen fairly quickly or take months - see box.

To avoid diabetes, therefore, is to be aware of the condition and spot the signs. You need to really listen to your body and keep a check - remember, diabetes has complications attached to it (see box) which are life-threatening. Prevention is better than cure!

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Avoid Diabetes By Understanding Pre-Diabetes

Are you pre diabetic? In understanding pre-diabetes, you will ascertain your health status as this is a symptomless component of the full blown type 2.

Pre diabetes is when glucose levels are elevated but not high enough to be of considered for type 2 diagnosis. It is important to get tested for this especially if you have a family history of diabetes and if you are overweight. People of non-Caucasian descent are also more likely to be genetically predetermined to getting pre-diabetes.

Testing for this is easy and available from your Doctor. It is a blood test where sugar levels can be detected. If you want to avoid diabetes, testing for pre-diabetes can help. We will next go onto practical ways to help avoid pre-diabetes and, ultimately, type 2.

Complications In Type 2 Diabetes

  • Heart Attack
  • Kidney Failure
  • Blindness
  • Stroke
  • Nerve Damage

Testing For Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes

Diabetes.co.uk (bottom of article for link and reference) suggests that you should get tested every three years for pre-diabetes. If you are already pre-diabetic, then you need to be tested for type 2 yearly. This is one way to help you to avoid diabetes. Keeping on top of regular monitoring is very important and you should be aware of the risk factors, as already briefly stated previously.

You are at risk if you have the following:

  • Overweight and over 45 years of age
  • Suffer high blood pressure
  • Have low HDL cholesterol
  • A family history of diabetes or gestational diabetes
  • Are non-caucasian - some ethnic groups are at a higher risk of diabetes


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To Avoid Diabetes Is About Lifestyle Choices

'How to avoid diabetes' is one in a number of four articles on health issues. The reason it is important to highlight this is because they are interlinked. Avoiding diabetes is about a lifestyle change. These changes can reverse the effects of diabetes and pre-diabetes, so it is important to study and read all these related hubs.

Diabetes effects the immune system, making it less effective. With the condition, you are more prone to infections and recovery time can be longer than someone without it. In order to have a healthy immune system, you need to make steps in strengthening it. This includes, a healthy diet rich in fruit, vegetables, nuts, pulses and low fat proteins. You also need to take some good moderate exercise. To avoid diabetes, and to learn more, requires a click and a boost in immunity.

If you are in the high risk group for pre-diabetes, you are likely to be overweight. You will need to start making some lifestyle changes if you want to avoid diabetes. This means changing your diet and losing weight. It is very difficult to make those changes when you feel hungry. By controlling hunger you can resist the urge to snack on bad foods. Without being hungry, there is no need for this. You are in control and not hunger pains. If you want to learn more then click on how to control hunger pains.

We need to be careful, therefore, of what we put into our bodies, if we want to avoid diabetes. It is very tempting to bag an unhealthy bargain from the supermarkets. We can be impulsive if we think we are getting something for nothing.

What we need to do is retrain our minds into thinking in terms of good food and bad food so as we can avoid eating that junk food. We also need to keep in mind that the supermarket isn't our friend but an establishment that's core aim is to extract as much profit from you as possible, within the minimum amount of time and with the maximum amount of profit.

They are not concerned with your health - you are! This article will help you make the first steps to rewire your brain and think differently. If you want to avoid diabetes, I highly recommend that you read about how to improve health by learning about supermarkets.

How To Avoid Diabetes? It Is All About You!

So, in our quest in 'how to avoid diabetes' we have learned that this is about a lifestyle change - it is all about you! This involves a multitude of issues to contend with from constant monitoring, if you are at risk, to drastic changes. These include a healthy diet, moderate exercise, awareness of what you are putting into your body and diabetes information that will help you achieve your goal. What goal is this? To achieve a long, happy and healthy life where you can maintain independence. On this note, I will leave you with this great news report. You should find this helpful in your journey to avoid diabetes.

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

Another great Hub full of such important info. My grandmother was a diabetic so my whole life I have been aware of many things to avoid the same fate . .but this Hub has pointed out a couple of things I need to remember! Big thumbs up . . your 60daychallenge is really really amazing. . so proud of you and it is time for my catch up . .but I am right behind you in more ways than one!


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Amber Allen 6 years ago

This is such an important subject to have an awareness of and it is very well written. Amber:)x


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hi Wavegirl... I have completed my hubs - just need to refine and add media before publishing, but will now have more time to catch up and promote - thanks for your support, it is two way! :)


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Amber - As long as it is helpful, that is what matters. I thank you for dropping by :)


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Highvoltagewriter 6 years ago from Savannah GA.

Great job!! You presented that important information in a very clear language. Even though I am not over weight, diabetes is strong in my family and I have been borderline for years. However, with diet I have been able to control it. Thanks again for this hub!


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Good you are keeping it at bay highvoltage. Well done. Spread the word my friend, we dont want people to suffer! :)


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Entourage_007 5 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA

Great article, I know my grandma has diabetes so I do whatever I can to make healthy decisions when I eat. Hopefully, that will help prevent it.


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shazwellyn 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

It is a good start Entourage. Keep it up! Bless you

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