Pregnant women in urban areas at risk of getting gestational diabetes

15 November, 2017, 01:18 | Author: Hope Soto
  • An estimated 4.5 million in Britain have diabetes
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"The rate of diabetes diagnosis is approaching 12 percent locally as compared to approximately 10 percent statewide".

The research also found that 19 per cent of participants had used support or counselling from a trained professional to help them manage their condition, and almost a third (32 per cent) had at some point relied on self-help materials including books, videos and resources found online.

One in every four (25.3%) people under 25 with diabetes in India has adult-onset type-2 diabetes, which, by definition, should strike only older adults with a family history of diabetes, obesity, unhealthy diets and inactivity, data from the Indian Council of Medical Research's (ICMR's) youth diabetes registry shows. "Schools have to educate and train their staff in assisting and managing children with type 1 diabetes, a life threatening disorder", said Adya's mother Asha to the Times of India.

"Investing now will not only allow us to reap substantial financial and social benefits in the future, but more importantly it will help people to live well with diabetes today". This doesn't mean you have to manage your diabetes alone.

Talking about the study, Dr.Josyula Lakshmi, Senior Research Fellow, The George Institute for Global Health said, "The impact of gestational diabetes mellitus on the pregnant woman and her baby are acknowledged and addressed to some extent". Because your body doesn't make insulin, you have to take insulin every day.

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Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the condition. But when the levels of glucose are low, the body can not effectively use insulin or it becomes insulin resistance. In order to prevent diabetes, it is important to keep blood sugar levels low - under 100 mg/dL and glycerated blood glucose levels (HbA1c) below 5.7 per cent. Keeping the blood pressure less than 130/90 mm/Hg is also an important measure in preventing diabetes. "This is confirmed by the very high levels of diabetes among women in the Region". Following birth, the disease usually goes away.

With regular screening, diabetes can be detected at the early stage and optimum treatment given, he said in a statement in conjunction with World Diabetes Day 2017 yesterday.

Poor lifestyle choices have been singled out as the lead cause of diabetes among most women in Zimbabwe, a Zimbabwe Diabetes Association (ZDA) official has revealed.

Three in five people who have diabetes experience emotional or mental health problems as a result of their condition, according to research.

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