Diabetes: What are the Risk Factors?
Your risk of suffering from diabetes may be increased by certain factors. For type 1 diabetes, your risk increases if you have a family member who has type 1 diabetes, if you’re a child or teenager, or if you carry certain genes. The risk factors for type 2 diabetes include being overweight, physically inactive, having high blood pressure, high cholesterol or high triglycerides, having prediabetes or gestational diabetes, or being over 45 years old. Your risk for gestational diabetes may increase if you are overweight, have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), have a family member with type 2 diabetes, or if you’ve had gestational diabetes during a past pregnancy.
Complications of Diabetes:
Complications from diabetes arise due to the high blood sugar levels damaging organs and tissues. These complications include heart disease and heart attacks, stroke, hearing and vision loss, dementia, depression, neuropathy, foot damage and skin conditions. The risk of complications arising from diabetes is higher the longer you live with it, and the higher the blood sugar levels are.
Complications from gestational diabetes can include premature birth, stillbirth, increased risk of type 2 diabetes, higher weight, and high blood pressure.
Western Medicine offers medications for diabetes treatment. For type 1 diabetes, doctors prescribe insulin, which replaces the insulin that your body isn’t producing. Different types of insulin take effect faster or more slowly, and last for different amounts of time.
A wide range of medications are available for treating type 2 diabetes. These all aim to lower the blood sugar levels to reduce the symptoms, however none of them address the core issue, which is that the body’ cells have become resistant to insulin.
To treat gestational diabetes, exercise and diet changes are usually enough to manage blood sugar levels. Sometimes insulin is also taken by gestational diabetes patients.
Diabetes Treatment: Diet
A major part of managing diabetes is following a healthy diet. For all types of diabetes, it’s important to have the right balance of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. While carbohydrates and starchy, or sugary foods cause rapid increases in blood sugar levels, proteins and fats cause slower increases. Having regular, small meals throughout the day also helps to keep blood sugar levels constant. Maintaining a balanced diet of vegetables, wholegrains, legumes like beans and lentils, fruits, and healthy fats like nuts and avocado is also important.
How Can Chinese Medicine Help?
Chinese Medicine can be very effective at treating many diseases. While Western Medicine focuses on treating the symptoms of disease like diabetes, Chinese Medicine aims to find the root cause of the problem, and treat the condition based on that. By analysing your symptoms and pulse, a Chinese Doctor will see what the nature of the condition is. As all organs are seen as related to each other in Chinese Medicine, any weakness or imbalance in one organ, (such as the insulin-producing pancreas), leads to imbalances in other parts of the body, causing symptoms.
Chinese Medicine can bring the systems of the body back into alignment through gentle methods such as herbs and acupuncture. These methods rarely cause any side effects, while being extremely effective at the same time.
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