Diabetes: A Silent Killer

I hope you have not been suffering from aches, pains, fever, rashes, swellings, fainting or other symptoms of ill health. If you have experienced any of them, you know it can be unpleasant. However, instead of feeling terrible, you might want to thank your lucky stars. Symptomatic ailments are indicating to you that something is amiss. Beyond, what is likely to be a brief interlude, you are likely to go in to see a Doctor and get yourself treated. It is likely that with some intervention, you may feel well soon. There is another type of ailment that goes almost unnoticed. It is called Diabetes. It is a silent killer.

I am constantly amazed at the number of people I meet who are Diabetic and do not know it. Their reports indicate they are. Since they do not seem to be showing any indications of ill health, they often ignore it and leave it untreated. The worst possible indicators of Type II Diabetes might be weight gain, need to use the bathroom frequently and maybe some fatigue or a headache. You might quickly pass it off to a sedentary lifestyle spent vegging in front of the television. However, Diabetes can result in a host of diseases from cardiovascular risk (heart attacks) to a damaged liver, pancreas, kidney, eyesight and high blood pressure. Diabetes is one of those diseases that has a cascading impact on almost your entire body. It can reside in your body for years without you even twitching in a complaint. Till one day the dam bursts.

If you are over thirty, man or woman, and are showing signs of prosperity get a fasting blood sugar and HBA1c (three-month sugar) test done every six months. If you are tending toward the borderline, do not let a Doctor tell you not to worry. Before diabetes, you get insulin resistant. You want to treat yourself at this stage, not after you are Diabetic.



Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.