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“The full circle” Here's a chance to get creative with diabetes. Tell us what you can do in spite of diabetes and help us finish this circle. Message example: “My/His/her body can’t make proper insulin. But he/she/I can still make _____” Every time you post a video, a part of the blue circle will be filled on the main page, and simultaneously on a digital screen at a main location in the city. So, let's start now and prevent diabetes together.

CHECK YOUR DIABETES RISK FACTORS NOW

Sedentary lifestyle

Research shows that sedentary lifestyle is linked to a 91% increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Avoid extended inactivity and adopt physical activity for 30 minutes a day for at least 5 days a week.

OBESITY

People with BMIs of 18.5 to 24.9 - healthy, 25 to 29.9 - overweight, and 30 and above obese. Burn more calories than you consume. Remember: eat less and move more.

TOBACCO USE

Those who quit tobacco use in their 30s are at 50% lesser risk of dying than compared to current smokers - Quit Smoking Now

HYPERTENSION

High blood pressure causes damage to heart, kidneys and the eyes. Maintain your blood pressure below 140/90 mm of Hg.

DYSLIPIDEMIA

Dyslipidemia, an imbalance of blood fats, is common among people with diabetes and is a serious health risk. Eat less fatty foods, include regular physical activity, stop tobacco use and ingest medications as prescribed by your physician.

AGE

Aging increases the chance of diabetes and you may need more antidiabetic medication. Monitor blood glucose and visit your physician regularly.

FAMILY HISTORY

If you have a mother, father, brother, or sister with Type 2 diabetes, you may be at an increased risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. But much of this risk is caused by your lifestyle choices. Adopting healthy habits as an individual or as a family is good for everyone.

ETHNICITY

Some ethnicities including Qatari nationals have increased risk of developing diabetes. You can prevent or lower your chances of diabetes with regular physical activity, healthy diet, reducing your weight and regular checkups with a doctor.

HISTORY OF GESTATIONAL DIABETES

Women with gestational diabetes are at 3 - 7 times higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes within 5 to 10 years. For women who want to get pregnant—or already are—there’s even more reason to make healthful lifestyle choices.

RECOGNIZE THE SYMPTOMS OF TYPE 1 DIABETES NOW

UNEXPLAINED WEIGHT LOSS

Insufficient insulin in Diabetes prevents the body from getting glucose from the blood into the body's cells to use as energy, the body starts burning fat and muscle for energy, causing a reduction in overall body weight.

EXTREME HUNGER

Uncontrolled diabetes with abnormally high (hyperglycemia) glucose from the blood cannot enter the cells and the body cannot convert the food you eat into energy. This lack of energy causes an increase in hunger.

FREQUENT URINATION

In diabetes, excess sugar (glucose) builds up in blood & kidneys are forced to work and absorb the excess sugar. If the kidneys can't keep up, the excess sugar is excreted into your urine, dragging along fluids from your tissues triggering frequent urination.

RECOGNIZE THE SYMPTOMS OF TYPE 2 DIABETES NOW

BLURRED VISION

High Blood Sugar causes the lens of the eye to swell, that causes disturbances of vision. Diabetic retinopathy involves changes to retinal blood vessels that can cause them to bleed, distorting vision. Diabetes also causes blurriness or double vision due to hypoglycemia - Maintain Blood Sugar level.

ITCHY SKIN AND DRYNESS

Poorly controlled Diabetes causes localized itching due to fungal infection, dry skin, or poor circulation. Apply moisturizing lotions and maintain good blood sugar levels.

EXTREME HUNGER

Uncontrolled diabetes with abnormally high (hyperglycemia) glucose from the blood cannot enter the cells and the body cannot convert the food you eat into energy. This lack of energy causes an increase in hunger.

THIRST

High Blood Sugar causes the osmotic pressure to build up so that water can no longer be absorbed back into your bloodstream, and is in fact being absorbed out of your bloodstream, causing excessive thirst.

UNEXPLAINED WEIGHT LOSS

Insufficient insulin in Diabetes prevents the body from getting glucose from the blood into the body's cells to use as energy, the body starts burning fat and muscle for energy, causing a reduction in overall body weight.

RECURRENT INFECTIONS

Common infections in diabetes are foot infections, fungal infections, urinary tract infections, and surgical site infections with white blood cells impaired, fungus can replicate unchecked. High blood sugar levels contribute to this process.

FREQUENT URINATION

In diabetes, excess sugar (glucose) builds up in blood & kidneys are forced to work and absorb the excess sugar. If the kidneys can't keep up, the excess sugar is excreted into your urine, dragging along fluids from your tissues triggering frequent urination.

NUMBNESS IN HANDS OR FEET

High blood sugar (glucose) can injure nerves throughout your body leading to Diabetic neuropathy that ranges from pain and numbness in your legs and feet. Diabetic neuropathy can be quite painful and disabling.

NO SYMPTOMS

Sometimes Diabetes does not present any of the symptoms and raised blood sugar is an accidental finding during routine blood check-ups.

RECOGNIZE THE SYMPTOMS OF GESTATIONAL DIABETES NOW

Gestational diabetes is a condition that develops during pregnancy, sometimes without any

 

Recognized symptoms. Gestational diabetes may progress to type 2 diabetes and may cause

 

Severe complications to both the mother and the fetus.

 

Gestational diabetes is best discovered by screening during pregnancy.

 

Regular follow-up and leading a healthy lifestyle are the keys to control Gestational Diabetes.

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