Diabetes in the Dark: People heading for illness without knowing

Diabetes in the DarkAccording to statistics there are over 387 million people all over the world living with diabetes, of this large amount of people 46.3% of them remain undiagnosed. A recent study performed by a team at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center state that 12.5% of people with what is known as “pre-diabetes” are aware that they have this condition. “Pre-diabetes” is how the precursor to diabetes has been commonly known. This means that many people who are headed to diabetes are in the dark of what is coming their way.

The major issue that this brings out is the alarming amount of lack of awareness that exists among the World’s population when it comes to such a prominent illness that is diabetes. That is why people who have the so-called pre-diabetes in general are less likely to alter their life style adopting a better, and healthier diet, eat less sugary foods and start getting more exercise, in other words taking the necessary precautions to help them prevent diabetes.

The study’s lead researcher Dr. Anjali Gopalan stated “People with pre-diabetes who lose a modest amount of weight and increase their physical activity are less likely to develop diabetes”. However, due to the large amount of ignorance when it comes to the disease, people are not making the necessary adjustment that could potentially keep them from diabetes and even possibly save their lives. The World Health Organization had already reported that diabetes will be the seventh global cause of death by the year 2030.

The study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, features surveyed and analyzed cross-sectional results from adults who had tested with high A1C levels but not yet diabetic. Out of a group of 2,964 adults, they saw that only around 288 people were aware of their situation. People that had knowledge of their condition were presumptively more willing to take exercise and modify their lifestyle to avoid diabetes.

According to the American Diabetes Association, everybody over the age of 45 must have regular blood glucose screening to find out if you are at risk of having diabetes, or “pre-diabetes”. This is called the A1C test. Additionally, there are several symptoms that can indicate that a person might have diabetes, they include frequent urination, and sudden unexplained weight loss, increased thirst and/or hunger, and a tingling sensation on your feet or hands. To help determine if you have the illness a doctor will ask you to take a Fasting Plasma Glucose Test, this will ultimately confirm if you have the condition.

Please be aware that, having a healthy lifestyle with plenty of exercise and a balanced diet will lower the risk of developing diabetes considerably. But, just to be sure, it is always a good idea to check and ask your doctor for a test.

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