The biggest challenge for people living with diabetes is the lack of awareness on maintaining good blood sugar control, stated Dr Puthiyaveetil Khaddar Jabbar, Professor and head of the Department of endocrinology, Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram.
Dr Jabbar added, “Insulin is used for maintaining good sugar control and is a life-saving hormone. However, many people with diabetes are not aware of the right usage of Insulin. Social media also helps in communicating with people with diabetes, residing in hard-to-reach areas and thus, removing the physical barriers to healthcare and diabetes management.”
When a person with diabetes is left untreated, it may lead to heart disease, nerve damage, blindness, kidney failure, amputations, and in some cases, early death too. Thus, it becomes important to manage diabetes effectively in our day-to-day life.
India has about 77 million people living with diabetes at present, which means every sixth person with diabetes is an Indian. Also, India has a very large number of people with pre-diabetes.
Over the last few decades, India has seen a staggering increase in the number of people with diabetes. It is estimated that by 2030, nearly 101 million people in India may have type 2 diabetes. These alarming figures make it imperative to stem the rising tide of diabetes.
“To reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, we must educate the Indian society on the issue. We need to ensure that the early symptoms of type 2 diabetes are not ignored and are given proper medical attention and care. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle, we can certainly slow the progress of the disease and prevent or reduce its long-term impact on the heart, kidneys, eyes, and other organs,” stated Dr Jabbar.
There is a need for people living with diabetes to maintain good metabolic control at home as it boosts the immune system. It is important to monitor the glycemic status for both low and high blood sugar levels. Monitor blood sugars routinely as per your doctor’s advice and maintain a blood glucose around 150 mg/dl.
If a person living with diabetes is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19, immediate medical attention should be sought for.
Dr Jabbar added, “There are several myths about insulin which people with diabetes should discuss with their treating physician and clarify to be positively impacted by the benefits of timely insulin therapy. Insulin is injected in the body under the skin. Insulin therapy is one of the most successful and effective way of managing diabetes which has stood the test of time for nearly 100 years. It also helps to subside other medical problems associated with the lack of Insulin that people with diabetics are subjected to. With its proper usage, the blood glucose levels in our body can be well managed.”