13 April, 2013


Hello everybody!

Hope you all are enjoying life!

Over the past 3years I have written my small bit about Diabetes. I have written about Diabetes, Its Manifestations, Complications, Treatment options and also about the drugs and devices we can expect in future. But we live in an era of prevention it’s a crime if I don’t talk about it.

Diabetes cannot be cured but can surely be prevented!!!

Why talk about prevention?

In the city where I live around 20% people are diabetics. That’s close to 1.2million diabetics in the City of Chennai alone. Out of this big number approximately 50% will be taking treatment and only 50% of these patients will be on regular treatment.  I feel that this number is only the tip of the iceberg.

 The real area of concentration should be those who are at risk of developing diabetes and those in PREDIABETES. Prediabetes stage can be as long as 10 years. This gives us the most valuable time to correct the risk factors for developing Diabetes. If these clients (I address this group as clients because technically speaking they are not suffering from disease) undergo proper testing we can delay the progression of Prediabetes to diabetes and in some cases even prevent the conversion of Prediabetes to diabetes.

What do we get by doing so??

First Satisfaction that I have helped somebody!

Next we can provide them a Healthy, Productive & Stress free life!

We can also reduce the economic burden (because finally Money Matters!!)

Detect Prediabetes and you reduce
  • ·         Stress due to health related issues
  • ·         Expenditure on medication
  • ·         Expenditure on visits to clinic
  • ·         Expenditure on blood tests
  • ·         Needle pricks
  • ·         Leave from work
  • ·         Irritability
  • ·         Inferiority complex
  • ·         Chances of developing Sexual problems
  • ·         Chances of developing Hypertension
  • ·         Chances of getting a Heart attack
  • ·         Chances of developing Neuropathy, Retinopathy & Nephropathy
  • ·         Stress to the partner and family
  • ·         Insurance premium (just kidding!!)

So how exactly we find out Prediabetes??


Sample 1 - Blood test taken in fasting
Sample 2 - one hour after taking 75gms of glucose
Sample 3 - 2 hours after the fasting sample.
 It’s always a good habit to combine this test with HbA1C.

People tell me doing OGTT is tough...

Its al in the way you see it...
Normally we do fasting and postprandial blood sugars
OGTT is just one extra prick but.....
This test can tell you with high level of confidence about your Sugar status.

So THINK....... PLAN...... TEST .......& PREVENT when you have the chance!!

Further Reading!!!

Diabetes Commercialised
sexual problems
Diabetes risk factors

Metabolic syndrome

1 comment :

  1. Pre-diabetes basically means that your blood sugar level is higher than normal but not yet high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. As mentioned above, without intervention, pre-diabetes is likely to become type 2 diabetes in 10 years or less.

    As per American Diabetes Association guideline; you are at risk if you are overweight, with a BMI above 25 and one of the risk factor below:
    • You're inactive
    • You have a family history of type 2 diabetes
    • You're African-American, Hispanic, American Indian, Asian-American or a Pacific Islander
    • You developed gestational diabetes when you were pregnant or gave birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds (4.1 kilograms)
    • You have polycystic ovary syndrome — a condition characterized by irregular menstrual periods, excess hair growth and obesity.
    • You have high blood pressure
    • History of vascular disease (any condition that affects the circulatory system)
    • Previous impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) or impaired fasting glucose (IFG)
    • Your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is below 35 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) or your triglyceride level is above 250 mg/dL (2.83 mmol/L)
    • Acanthosis Nigricans ( Its a skin condition characterized by areas of dark, velvety discoloration in body folds and creases affecting neck, armpits and groin)

    Check whether you follow in the pre-diabetic category??

    - Nutritionist Alivemeter


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