Today, November 14 is World Diabetes Day and it is fitting, I thought, to share what you can do to prevent yourself or your near and dear ones from falling prey to this disease. Nearly 50 million people in India are said to suffer from diabetes says this website, started to prevent the spread of diabetes in India. What is of more concern is that a disease which earlier was restricted largely to the middle-aged and older people is now increasingly afflicting people aged 35 and below.The newspaper I subscribe to, DNA had some interesting facts to report about diabetes and I am sharing a few snippets:

  • DNA of 14/11/13 reports India has 6.3 crore people affected by diabetes.
  • Half of the people with diabetes don’t even know they have it. That’s over 3 crore people. A scary thought.
  • Half of the people who die from diabetes are under 60.

These days more and more people are experiencing rise in blood sugar which elevates risk of strokes and problems of the eyes, kidney, foot, and heart related ailments.

How do you know if you have diabetes? Check these 10 symptoms.

Doctors are unanimous in saying that there is no existing cure for diabetes. However, there is effective treatment which can enable you to lead a healthy life and take preventive measures to reduce the risk of major complications due to this killer disease.

Change in lifestyle and better eating habits are often the basic foundation on which you combat and even prevent this disease.

If you haven’t had a check up in the last six months, I would urge you to go get one done. It could mean a lot to you and your family.