Alarming rate

Indar Jit, Tokotoko , Navua | Monday, November 13, 2017
IT'S really a matter of great concern that Fiji, our country, in year 2015 was ranked at 20th is now rated second highest in diabetic deaths in the world.

This news was highlighted through FBC by President of Fiji Jioji Konorote while launching the World Diabetes Day last Friday.

Mr Konrote says an amputation is done every eight hours and this is an alarming statistic.

Diabetes is a chronic condition associated with abnormally high levels of sugar ( glucose) in the blood.

Insulin produced by the pancreas lowers blood glucose.

Absence of insufficient production of insulin, or an inability of the body to properly use insulin causes diabetes.

The symptoms of Type 1 and Type 2 diseases are:

* Increased urine output;

* Excessive thirst;

* Weight loss;

* Hunger;

* Fatigue;

* Skin problems;

* Slow healing wounds;

* Yeast infection; and

* Tingling or numbness in the feet or toes.

Some of the risk factors of getting diabetes include being overweight or obese, leading a sedentary lifestyle, a family history of diabetes, hypertension ( high blood pressure) and low levels of " good " cholesterol (HDL ) and elevated levels of triglycerides in the blood. If anyone of us thinks that we may have prediabetes or diabetes, it should be only appropriate for us to contact a health care professional.

None of us would like to see an amputation carried out.

Therefore, eat the right choice of food, exercise regularly, look after the body's needs, rest accordingly and seek advice from health care professionals if we have slight symptoms of diabetes.

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