Diabetes is a chronic condition in which an individual’s blood sugar metabolism is impaired due to a defect in the hormone insulin. Insulin, which is produced by the pancreas, can be impaired either by quality or quantity and can lead to serious complications if not managed effectively. Compared to someone who does not have diabetes, a diabetic individual is 2 to 3 times more likely to develop heart disease and stroke.
The diagnosis of diabetes is often delayed as individuals may not always present with symptoms and can carry the condition undetected, sometimes for a number of years. Therefore, it is necessary to monitor the presence of the condition, especially if the affected individual has certain risk factors for developing diabetes. These risk factors include:
- Family history of diabetes
- High Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Large waist circumference
- Gestational Diabetes (abnormal sugar level any time during pregnancy)
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Poor nutritional habits
When untreated, diabetes can lead to various health issues, such as:
- Eye damage, which could lead to blindness
- Kidney failure (which may call for dialysis or kidney transplant)
- Nerve damage, leading to the poor sensation of feet and toes, which may eventually require amputation
- Recurrent infections
Diabetes is a systemic condition, and it requires multiple teams to care for the affected person. This includes the family doctor (general practitioner), podiatrist, endocrinologist, diabetic educator, dietitian, and others.
The team at Polaris Medical Centre has prolific experience in providing care for people with diabetes.
Book an appointment with us for the best Diabetes care treatment.