Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in the Philippines. This is according to the Department of Health. Unfortunately, the national insurance system does not cover care for the disease comprehensively. This means coverage from other Philippine health insurance providers is often necessary.
Diabetes is a condition known to impair the body’s ability to produce insulin. It affects the processing of carbohydrates. The result is that a person’s blood sugar levels increase and will need careful management. Most people have what we refer to as Type 2, caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
Possible complications Diabetics need to look out for and manage are:
- People with diabetes are at a risk of further cardiovascular problems. This includes stroke, heart attack and the narrowing of the arteries.
- Blindness is a possibility. Diabetes causes retinopathy. It is a condition in which the blood vessels in the retina deteriorate.
- Many people with diabetes need dialysis. The reason behind this is that this disease can destroy the body’s filtering system (the kidney).
- Diabetes causes problems with blood and oxygen circulation. It can lead to skin and hearing problems
- Diabetes slows down the body’s healing process. This is difficult when dealing with severe trauma and infection.
- People with Diabetes have been more likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease. There is no direct link between the two.
Having a very controlled daily meal plan is a critical part of managing sugar levels. Diabetics must maintain an intake of 1,400 to 1,600 calories a day. In addition to that, they must reduce dependence on high carbohydrate food, such as bread and rice.
There is no cure for Diabetes itself. However, we can treat and prevent complications through discipline and a healthy lifestyle.