Diabetes is a matter of grave concern in India. More than 50 million people are currently suffering from the disease1 and the number continues to increase. Because it is widespread at such a scale, it is important to be careful. Owing to the rampant change in the lifestyle of the majority of Indian populace, it is vital to understand lifestyle diseases, including and especially diabetes.
The symptoms of this complex disease may appear quickly or over time. There is no single cause, but people with a family history are prone to moderate or high risk.2 . According to Dr. Warram, a Lecturer in Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, “If an immediate relative (parent, brother, sister, son or daughter) has type 1 diabetes, one’s risk of developing type 1 diabetes is 10 to 20 times the risk of the general population; your risk can go from 1 in 100 to roughly 1 in 10 or possibly higher, depending on which family member has diabetes and when they developed it.3”
But even if no one in your family has the disease, you should still check for common symptoms like extreme thirst, hunger, frequent urination, fatigue, and blurred vision. If you think you’re drinking enough water, but your mouth still feels dry, then it might be an indicator of diabetes. Other traits include irritable behavior, numbness, dry or itchy skin, and wounds that don’t heal quickly.
Because diabetes is a chronic disease, the cost of regular check-ups exceeds the cost of hospitalization. Regular consultation with a medical practitioner is necessary, more so, because if left unchecked, the disease can even be fatal! An important fact to note is that the ‘typical’ description of diabetic people is a myth. Generally, people suffering from the disease are portrayed as overweight, if not obese. In developing countries like India, people with type 2 diabetes need not be overweight. They can have a normal weight and may even be underweight!
Diabetes can develop over the years and still remain hidden. It is advisable to ask for a blood sugar check at your next visit to the doctor. Early diagnosis is vital in order to manage the disease from the onset and potentially prevent any serious complications.
That is why it is also crucial to have funds ready in case you are diagnosed. Buying insurance will certainly help, but health insurance generally covers hospitalization charges only. There aren’t many insurance providers who are solely focused on chronic disease management. Activ Health by Aditya Birla Health Insurance is one plan that comes equipped with an inbuilt Chronic Management Program tailor-made keeping chronic diseases in focus.
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Source 1: http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/-50-million-people-in-india-have-diabetes-/1030869/
Source 2: http://www.nature.com/gim/journal/v8/n2/full/gim200617a.html
Source 3: http://www.joslin.org/info/genetics_and_diabetes.html