Learn About Diabetes – Qatar2019-05-05T12:36:31+01:00

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Frequently asked Questions: Diabetes

What is Diabetes?2019-10-30T11:56:17+00:00

Diabetes is a serious condition where either your pancreas is unable to make insulin or your body cannot make use of the insulin produced by your body. This leads to high blood sugar leads (Hyperglycaemia) which damages the body and the failure of various organs and tissues .

What Type of Diabetes are there?2019-05-05T11:14:38+01:00
  1. Type 1 – Your body doesn’t make enough insulin or no insulin at all – this is made by the Pancreas.
  2. Type 2 – Your body doesn’t use the insulin correctly
  3. Gestational Diabetes – This affects woman whilst pregnant and usually (not always) disappears after giving birth – but leads to a higher risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes later in life both for the mother and child

There are a variety of other variations but they are much rarer

What Type of Diabetes do I have?2019-05-05T11:15:07+01:00

90% of all cases of Diabetes are Type 2 but the only way to actually tell is to get your Doctor to run tests. There are 5 tests that can be run and you should check with your Doctor which ones he can do for you.

How did I get Diabetes?2019-05-05T11:16:02+01:00

Type 1 – Scientists think Type 1 is caused by both a Genetic Factor (someone in your family may have it) and by environmental factors- for example a virus that triggers it, or if your pancreas is damaged and cannot produce Insulin.

Type 2 – There are a number Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes. These increase the chances of you developing the condition

  • Family History
  • The older you get the more risk you have
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Ethnicity – some Ethnic groups are more likely to develop it
    • South Asians 6x more likely
    • African and Afro Caribbean are 3x times more likely
  • Being Overweight
  • Unhealthy Diet
  • Not enough exercise
  • History of Gestational Diabetes
  • Poor nutrition during pregnancy
  • Impaired Glucose Tolerance (Blood sugar raises higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes – sometimes called pre-diabetes)
What are the warning signs and symptoms of diabetes?2019-10-30T11:56:33+00:00

There are diabetes warning signs and symptoms that both women and men have in common, for example:

  • Excessive thirst and hunger
  • Frequent urination (from urinary tract infections or kidney problems)
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow-healing wounds
  • Nausea
  • Skin infections
  • Darkening of skin in areas of body creases (acanthosis nigricans)
  • Breath odor that is fruity, sweet, or an acetone odor
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands or fee

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How To Keep Rocking The Diabetic Life?

During National Diabetes Month, we come together to raise awareness of Diabetes, celebrate the progress we have made in combating it, and recommit ourselves to defeating it. Founder of Qatar Diabetes Support group, Justin Murray, spoke passionately to the Ginger Camel Network to advocate awareness and education about Diabetes. He continues to work hard to make a big positive impact on the lives of those with Diabetes. Watch the full video below. https://youtu.be/acB3EXNAzF8   You can also listen to the podcast here.  

I hear people talking about measuring Blood Sugar- what does that mean?

How well you control your Blood Sugar is how well you are controlling your Diabetes! There are two main ways that you can check your Blood Sugar: Prick Test using a Blood Glucose monitor You do this yourself and you record your levels. It tells you what your Blood Sugar is at that moment – we will talk more about this later HBA1AC This is normally done by your Doctor and sent to a lab – This gives you an average of your Blood Sugar for the last 3 months and is the more important test

How does Sugar and Carbohydrates affect my body with Diabetes?

Carbohydrates affect your Blood Sugar much faster than proteins or fats and so play a large role in in pushing your Blood Sugar too high -  this is why its important to control your Carb intake There are three main types of Carbohydrates Starchy Foods such as Bread Pasta, Rice, Potatoes, Yams Cereals and couscous Sugars: Naturally Occurring Sugars found on fruits (Called Fructose and some Dairy Foods (Lactose) Added Sugars: Found in Sweets, Chocolates, sugary Drinks, and Desserts – and often added to other foods as well! Fibre- These you cant digest Insoluble Fibre: Wholemeal Bread, Brown Rice, Wholegrain

Help I have been Diagnosed with Diabetes- What do I do now?

First don’t panic- millions of people live with Diabetes every day – including some very famous people: Diabetic Celebrities: Larry King Halle Berry Randy Jackson Tom Hanks Salma Hayek Nick Jonas Drew Carey Teresa May Billie Jean King Bret Michaels Patti LaBelle Sharon Stone George Lucas Nick Jonas James Earl Jones Anne Rice Talk to your Doctor and a Nutritionist You need to discuss your condition with your Doctor and if possible with a nutritionist. Most likely your diet will need to change and your Doctor will prescribe you medications to help manage your Diabetes Join a Diabetes Support Group

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