Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a non-communicable, metabolic disorder that is characteristic of an imbalance between insulin supply and demand. Insulin is essential for the uptake of glucose into the body tissue for energy. So if there is not enough insulin being produced by the pancreas then the glucose remains in the blood causing the blood sugar to become too high hence the development of Diabetes Mellitus.
This condition affects millions of people worldwide especially those of African descent. There are two types:
- Type 1 also known as Insulin Dependent DM, where the body does not produce insulin, therefore, the individual needs an external source of the hormone, usually administered via injection.
- Type 2; Non-Insulin Dependent DM, where the body produces some amount of insulin but needs oral medication to boost the secretion of more insulin to supply the body’s demand for it.
Despite the harmful effects of DM, this condition can be prevented and also effectively managed.
Therefore, in celebration of World Health Day 2016, with the theme: “Beat Diabetes”, Think Health Magazine has put together some of our best articles that will enhance the goal to scale up prevention, strengthen care and enhance surveillance of person prone to this condition. Here we go:
- 8 Awesome ways to live a longer, healthier life.
- Eating Healthy During the Holidays
- Emotional Distress: How it can affect you
- How Probiotics help you lose weight
- The Effects of Obesity on Non-Communicable Diseases
- Top 7 Lifestyle Changes for a Healthier You
Happy Birthday to the World Health Organization, keep up the marvelous work!
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