The World Health Organization has predicted recently that diabetes will become the 7th leading cause of death by 2030, thanks to modern lifestyle beset with addiction to junk food, alcohol and tobacco intake. It just few years away before we wake up to it.
With diabetes, you have to get going with a game plan. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, few routines – seven behaviors, healthy eating, monitoring blood sugar, taking medications as prescribed, physical activity, healthy coping skills, good problem-solving skills and risk-reduction behaviors, which cause good blood sugar control can reduce diabetic complications and improve quality of life.
Gina Gavlak who is the Diabetes Program Development Coordinator said that if a person knows his unique needs and things he likes, then it should be put as a “game plan” and followed ardently. She added that before jotting down one’s unique needs he should know that the goals should be specific and attainable.
Gavlak suggested that a team cooperation helps in managing diabetes better as each provider helps one on areas they have obtained substantial training in. She stated that self-management of diabetes is a constant learning process which is why one should follow these steps – first learn and then use what you’ve learned, second assess the efficacy, and then make alterations as necessary and repeat.
She added that those who suffer from diabetics should engulf themselves with optimistic people who will encourage, boost and want to help them to succeed and stay strongly involved with the “game plan.”
Gavlak recommended that if one’s “plan isn’t working” or he doesn’t “understand something” or one “can’t or won’t do something,” then the problems should be shared with the team. “Keep communication open, and make decisions together,” she added.
Diabetes is a chronic illness or disease where the body loses its ability to regulate the blood sugar levels. There are two kinds of diabetes – Type 1 and Type 2. While having the former causes one’s pancreas to stop producing insulin, which is an essential hormone, helping the body to acquire energy from food, having the latter stops the body’s ability to use the produced insulin efficiently.
The consequences of this disease are deadly ranging from blindness to heart attack to stroke to kidney failure.
As per JDRF, a global association that aims in curbing Type 1 diabetes (T1D) from the world by funding its research – the disease altogether (both T1D and T2D) affects more than 371 million people in the world, and is anticipated to be expanding to 552 million people by 2030.