Diagnosis of Diabetes
Doctors use blood tests to find out if you have diabetes. If you have any symptoms of diabetes (such as increased hunger and thirst, weight loss, blurry vision and extreme fatigue), or if you are in the 24th to 28th week of pregnancy, you can discuss with your doctor whether you should get tested. These blood tests measure your blood sugar levels in various ways, like after fasting for eight hours, after drinking a sugary drink, or after fasting overnight then drinking a sugary drink. It’s always ideal to find out as early as possible if you have diabetes, so that you can start treatment and manage it properly.
Type 1 diabetes is difficult to prevent, due to being caused by the immune system destroying the cells which produce insulin. Similarly, it’s not possible to change some factors, like your age and family history of diabetes, but it is possible to control other factors. Getting a good amount of exercise every day, especially aerobic exercise, and reducing your body weight if you’re overweight or obese are some ways to help prevent diabetes. Also, eating more vegetables, fruits and wholegrains, eating smaller and regular portions, and reducing trans and saturated fats as well as refined carbohydrates, all help to prevent diabetes from occurring.
Diabetes in Children
Children can get type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes often begins in childhood, and can cause symptoms like increased urination, and extreme hunger, thirst and fatigue. Type 2 diabetes is becoming more common in children, due to more overweight and obese children. It’s important to try to prevent and manage type 2 diabetes in children through regular exercise and healthy meals. Since diabetes can cause problems in the heart, kidneys, and blindness, it’s important to diagnose and treat diabetes as quickly as possible.
Pregnancy and Diabetes
It’s possible to get diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), due to the placenta producing hormones which make it harder for the insulin to transfer sugar from the bloodstream to the cells. Although this type of diabetes usually goes away after you’ve given birth, it does make it more likely that you’ll get diabetes again later in life. Gestational diabetes can also cause problems for the baby as well. Hence, it’s important to find out if you have diabetes, so that you can treat it.
How Can Chinese Medicine Help?
Chinese Medicine can be very effective at treating diabetes, especially if you wish to avoid the side effects which usually come with taking medications. While diet and exercise are key to treating diabetes, Chinese Medicine can give your body the boost it needs to come closer to functioning properly by itself.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, all the bodily systems are linked together, and when one organ or system is out of balance, this affects other parts of the body. The main goal is to find out the nature of the weakness or imbalance in the body, by analysing your symptoms and pulse. Then this imbalance can be treated using acupuncture or herbs, so that your body comes back into alignment.
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