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    How often do we check our blood sugar levels?

    People are becoming diabetic even at a very young age. It might be due to the lack of exercise and the unhealthy eating habits or it could also be the hereditary reasons. Whatever be the cause, it is better we avoid getting it.

    We never know when we will get it. The only thing we can do is to do regular check-ups to monitor the blood sugar level. If it seems to be increasing, put a stop to sugary foods and control your diet.

    Along with diabetes, cholesterol and pressure are the other diseases checked. But when compared to diabetes the effects of the other two are not much. Diabetes can affect every single organ in your body and can even have kidney failures.

    Our laziness to check the blood sugar levels or the temptation to eat unhealthily is leading us into trouble. Not only us, but we are passing it on to the next generation as well. So, don't delay it, get it monitored and do the needful to stay healthy and strong.
  • #615705
    What I suggest that for every three months once the entire family must have the complete test of blood sugar levels with both pre lunch and post lunch levels so that precautions can be taken and the medicines be taken regularly so that nothing serious setbacks happens to the health. It is really alarming that even in small children the symptoms of diabetes are found and their eating habits are the main cause. Children are bound to eat too much of sweets , ice creams , chocolates, which are the causes for high sugar levels in the children which leads to many diseases in young age. Better to consult the family physician regularly.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #615721
    I think an annual medical check-up is more than enough, especially if you have a family history of diabetes and if you lead an unhealthy lifestyle. The test results will indicate if you have prediabetes or borderline diabetes. This is a condition where your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but the levels are still within the 'safe' limits. You do not have diabetes yet, but if left unattended, you have every chance of developing type 2 diabetes.

    Patients, who test positive for prediabetes, must make lifestyle changes to ensure that it does not turn into full-blown diabetes. It is important to know that diabetes can only be controlled, through medication, physical exercise, and a strict diet regime. There is no cure for the disease. Hence, every precaution must be taken to prevent the onset of diabetes.

    Most people neglect their health or take it for granted. It is wise to invest in annual medical check-ups, after the age of thirty. When it comes to health, there is no harm done in being extra cautious.

    "A love affair with knowledge will never end in heartbreak." -Michael Garrett Marino

  • #615726
    A timely thread regarding a major chronic disease.WHO, introduced a term in 2001, 'Globesity' to highlight the issues of obesity around the world. Unfortunately, India is poised to be global capital of diabetes mellitus and cardiac disease with obesity (including childhood obesity) also increasing at alarming rates.
    High blood pressure and hypercholesterolemia are equally bad as they increase the chance of stroke and acute cardiac events(heart attacks).
    What we genetically inherit obviously cannot be changed. But we can take precautions and change our lifestyle. If adolescent children of diabetic parents/patients are obese, then they need to see their pediatricians or endocrinologist who will guide about what to do periodically. This is because obese adolescents are at risk to have insulin resistance and this predisposes them to develop diabetes mellitus especially if obesity continues in adult life.
    For adults with family history of obesity, cardiac disease, diabetes, and dyslipidemia(abnormal cholesterol/subclass levels) will need to be more careful and start the health checks at an early age. There are reports of people in their 30s-40s being detected with the above.

    Have a good medical consultation and basic investigations and then the frequency annual checks (if everything is normal) ranges from 1-3 years. Most doctors do check fasting sugar and sugar levels after two hours along with Hb1Ac which helps them to decide on pre-diabetes stage. The rest of healthy life measures, we all know.

  • #615730
    Annual check up is more than enough for a person who is not diabetic and has a fairly healthy lifestyle and don't have any hereditary issues. Many people are not aware that Stress is another major factor that causes diabetes especially in younger generation. Lot of children and young adults these days stay inactive, have binge eating disorder and are more stressed due to varied reasons. They don't realise how over a period of time these things can affect them badly.
    With all the fast food craze among children and young adults it is very difficult to refrain them totally from eating outside but atleast we can bring awareness in them by first staying healthy, active and stress free ourselves. Children pick up such habits from adults. Parents must teach them how staying healthy mentally and physically is very important.
    A person who is Pre diabetic or is already having diabetes should check for the levels more often as per the doctor's advice.

  • #615740
    A complete check up once in a year is what advised by my family doctor to all my family members. So far by GOD's grace, we don't have the sugar problem. None of us is diabetic. Generally anyone after 40 years of age it is better to go for a general medical check-up. There are many good diagnostic centres are there like Vijaya diagnostic Centre and Lucid diagnostic Centre. They have a combo plan wherein they do all required tests for a particular cost. But one should make sure that we are going to a good Centre. There are chances for mistakes and wrong reporting. We should make sure that centre we are going should have NABL accreditation. Then the systems and procedures will be good, In between if we have symptoms or health problems then we may think of going to the doctor and basing on his suggestion and recommendations we can go for clinical examinations as required.
    always confident

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