Diabetes can be one of the worst lifestyle disorders. In fact, it can affect your overall health and increase your risk of kidney problems, digestive problems, and heart disease.
There are two forms of diabetes – type 1 and type 2. Type 1 is basically genetic in nature, but type 2 diabetes is the one that results from improper lifestyle habits. Here are some lifestyle-related factors that increase your risk of developing diabetes:
1. Eat junk food
2. Don’t exercise
3. No regular check-ups
4. Do not practice portion control
5. Don’t manage your weight
Yes, these are extremely common habits that most of us are to blame for.
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If you are constantly thirsty despite eating healthy water, you may need to get checked for diabetes. If you have diabetes, your kidneys have to work extra hard to regulate excess glucose. This glucose is released in the urine and along with it, it flushes some very important minerals out of the body, making you feel dehydrated.
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2. FREQUENT URINATION
This is actually a cause of dehydration. The logic is the same as above. Your body needs to remove extra glucose from your body. Therefore, if you have diabetes, you will urinate more often.
When you have diabetes, the body cannot digest glucose, which is needed to release energy. If this excess glucose is not digested, you will not feel like you have enough energy and this can lead to starvation.
4. DRY SKIN
High blood sugar makes your skin tissues more prone to dryness. As a result, it may become itchy and you may become more prone to skin infections.
5. Tingling in the limbs
Diabetes damages the nerves that send signals from the brain to the limbs. Because of this, you will feel numbness and tingling.
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6. SLOW HEALING
Diabetes slows down the process of cell regeneration and thus the healing process.
It happens because of blood vessel damage caused by diabetes.
8. LOSE WEIGHT
Some people also experience weight loss because insufficient insulin doesn’t allow glucose to release energy. Hence, the body begins to burn existing fat to fuel itself. This leads to weight loss.
ARE YOU AT RISK?
There are some people who are prone to diabetes. Here are the risk factors you need to consider in order to assess your risk:
If you are over 45 years old and lead a sedentary lifestyle.
If you are overweight.
If you don’t exercise at all.
If it runs in your family.
If you have a blood pressure problem.
If you have a cholesterol problem.
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The good news is that you can prevent diabetes by leading a healthy lifestyle that includes eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly.
On the occasion of World Health Day, we urge you to change your lifestyle and better monitor the first signs of diabetes.
(This story was originally published on HealthShots.com.)