Diabetes is a disorder wherein glucose does not reach the cells, thus starving them of energy. If not managed well, this disorder can lead to life-threatening complications. Today, India is considered to be among the top 3 countries in the world with the highest diabetic population.
At Apollo Clinic’s Specialty Clinic for Diabetes we are dedicated to create awareness of the fact that diabetes is a disorder and not a disease. With timely intervention, it can be managed.
What is Diabetes?
In diabetes, cells starve for energy because glucose is unable to reach them. This is because there are very low levels of insulin in the blood or the body’s ability to use insulin is reduced. Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas that helps our cells absorb glucose. As the cells are unable to absorb glucose, the levels of blood sugar rise. Consistently high levels of blood sugar could cause serious complications such as kidney, foot, eye or heart disease.
What causes Diabetes?
There are several types of diabetes –Type 1, Type 2, Gestational, Juvenile and Pre-diabetes. Of these, Type 2 diabetes is the most prevalent and can be easily managed. Causes of Type 2 diabetes include:
Non-modifiable factors – Family history of diabetes, age over 45 years, race/ethnicity, history of gestational diabetes
Modifiable factors – High cholesterol, high blood pressure, high body fat/body weight, physical inactivity
What are the signs and symptoms of Diabetes?
Generally, Type 2 diabetes has mild symptoms which may go unnoticed. Our experts at Apollo Clinic’s Specialty Clinic for Diabetes indicate some signs and symptoms of diabetes to watch out for:
How can we help you?
At Apollo Clinic’s Specialty Clinic for Diabetes, we have devised a 4-step comprehensive approach for diabetes treatment. Our unique approach helps maintain good sugar control over long term and help prevent its consequences. The 4 steps include:
At Apollo Clinic’s Specialty Clinic for Diabetes, we tailor lifestyle and behaviour modification programs that are highly successful in controlling the consequences of diabetes. Our unique 4-step model has helped reduce HbA1c levels in diabetes patients by as much as 15%! We are well-equipped with senior diabetologists, endocrinologists and state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities designed to provide best-in-class care and holistic support round-the-clock.