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Can you be a diabetic? Diabetes can damage your eyes, heart, kidney, nerves…….

A caption recently aired at NDTV channel claimed that India has 77 crores pre-diabetics!  If you have pre-diabetesyou are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and also at increased risk of developing heart disease. Pre-diabetes is a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. If you lead a sedentary life and stress is on your mind and eat plenty of fast foods and carbohydrates you may be liable to suffer from diabetes mellitus, a dreaded disease if not prevented/detected/treated early.

Common warnings signs of diabetes include:

  • Increased thirst
  • Increasedhunger (especially after eating)
  • Dry mouth
  • Frequent urinationor urine infections
  • Unexplainedweight loss (even though you are eating and feelhungry)
  • Fatigue(weak, tired feeling)
  • Blurredvision
  • Headaches
  • Diagnoses of gout

.Many of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes are the same as for gout,” Here’s what you can do:

  • Loseweight. A BMI over 25 is considered overweight, and a BMI greater than 30 is considered obese. Keep your waist size below 35 inches .
  • Exerciseregularly. 30 minutes of moderate activity, at least five days a week
  • Skip the alcohol and smoking
  • Avoid sugar-sweetened beverages. Eliminating sugary beverages is also a great way to cut calories from your diet, shed a few pounds, and improves your diabetes.
  • Go on agood diet. Fresh fruits and vegetable containing plenty of fibre is a good diet. Avoid non vegetarian food
  • Take milk. There is evidence that eating low-fat dairy helps lower risk of type 2 diabetes. Aim for 16 to 24 fluid ounces of dairy per day.

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