Diabetic Retinopathy – the Hard Facts

Diabetic retinopathy affects 80% of people who have been diabetic for 20 years or more. The disease accounts for 12% of all new cases of blindness each year in the West and is the leading cause for blindness in persons aged 20 to 64 years. Here are the symptoms, causes and treatments for diabetic retinopathy and how you can avoid going blind. Continue reading “Diabetic Retinopathy – the Hard Facts”

How to prevent pre-diabetes getting worse

So the doctor says you have pre-diabetes. You are scared and so you should be … you know the consequences should your pre-diabetes morph into actual diabetes. But you can avoid developing full-blown type 2 diabetes with a few simple adjustments to your lifestyle. Here’s how … Continue reading “How to prevent pre-diabetes getting worse”

The growing diabetes epidemic

Diabetes kills more than people around the world than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. The disease is expected to become one of the top five causes of death globally by 2030. Here are the facts. Continue reading “The growing diabetes epidemic”

Infographic: Beating Diabetes

Infographic: Defeating the Effects of Diabetes

Every minute of every single day, three people are diagnosed with diabetes. This equates to 32,000 people a week being diagnosed with the condition, which affects 5% of the world’s population … Maria O’Driscoll explains.

It is obvious that diabetes is all too prevalent. Indeed studies from the World Health Organization indicate that the problem is going to get a lot worse before it gets any better.

Union Quay Medical Centre in Ireland (click here) has created an informative infographic overview of diabetes (see below).

The infographic touches upon the main differences between the two types, its main symptoms and what health effects it can cause.

It also unveils a series of myths related to diabetes … such as that of having ‘a bit of’ the condition, or being able to detect a decrease in your blood glucose level.

Type 2 diabetes affects 90-95% of all sufferers. But the one silver lining of Type 2 is that it can be treated with a few lifestyle and dietary changes.

Increasing your amount of exercise is one of them, and that doesn’t mean having to sweat away for hours in the gym. Even a 30-minute walk at least five days a week could lead to dramatic improvements in your health.

Likewise, dietary changes don’t absolutely have to exclude sweet foods, but rather limiting their intake. It helps if you cook your own meals, as you can control exactly what ingredients go into them … and to use smaller crockery so that you’re eating an ideal amount while still having a full plate!

Now check out the infographic for info and smart tips on beating diabetes.

Infographic on Diabetes

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The many types of diabetes

There are two main types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. However there are several other types, all of which are really variants of the first two types.  Continue reading “The many types of diabetes”