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What causes diabetes?

Diabetes is caused primarily due to a lack of or diminished effectiveness of insulin, a hormone produced by the beta cells of the pancreas. It is distinguished by high blood sugar levels, altered sugar and glucose metabolism, which affects blood vessels causing organ damage. Listed below are the different types of Diabetes with their respective causes. Diabetes mellitus type 1 This is caused by the body's inability to produce enough insulin. As the pancreatic beta cells are irreversibly damaged, they are unable to produce enough insulin. This is thought to be the result of an overactive immune system that, rather than fighting foreign microbes, turns on the body's own cells and begins to destroy pancreatic cells. Four genes are thought to be important because type 1 diabetes has been found in both identical twins in studies. One (6q) determines the sensitivity of pancreatic islet cells to damage. This damage could be caused by viruses or cross-reactivity from antibodies induced by cow's milk. Furthermore, associations with HLA DR3 and DR4 and islet cell antibodies have been observed near the time of diagnosis. All ethnic groups face the same risks of developing type 1 diabetes. This could be due to childhood diet or genetics. Diabetes mellitus type 2 Diabetes mellitus type 2 is caused by insulin resistance. Initially, insulin levels may be normal or elevated. To meet the body's increased demands, pancreatic beta cells try to secrete more insulin at first. Type 2 diabetes develops when it fails. Excess body weight and physical inactivity are both risk factors for type 2 diabetes mellitus. All racial groups are affected, but people of South Asian, African, African-Caribbean, Polynesian, Middle-Eastern, and American-Indian ancestry have a higher prevalence. Other risk factors for type 2 diabetes include a history of gestational diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance, impaired fasting glucose, drug use such as thiazide diuretics in conjunction with a beta-blocker, a low-fibre, high-glycemic index diet, metabolic syndrome, Polycystic ovary syndrome, family history, and those who have a family history of diabetes. Diabetes caused by pregnancy or gestational diabetes Pregnant women who have never had diabetes before may experience increased insulin needs during pregnancy. However, this may not be addressed by increased insulin secretion, resulting in gestational diabetes. This affects between 4% and 5% of all pregnant women. It may occur before the onset of type 2 (or, in rare cases, type 1) diabetes. Diabetes in the Young At Maturity This is a group of diabetes caused by a single genetic abnormality that affects beta-cell activity, resulting in decreased insulin production. Blood sugar levels may be slightly elevated at a young age. This genetic defect is frequently inherited autosomally dominantly. Secondary diabetes Secondary diabetes develops as a result of a condition that affects the pancreas or other endocrine organs. This represents 1 to 2% of all diabetics.

What is type 1 & Type 2 diabetes?

Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar, either because the body stops producing insulin (Type 1) or is unable to respond to insulin (Type 2). It’s important to understand the causes and recognize the symptoms of diabetes because too much sugar in the blood can lead to a range of serious complications. It can damage the vessels that supply blood to vital organs increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke, kidney issues, vision problems and nerve ailments. If the condition goes unchecked for long, it can be fatal. Symptoms of diabetes include excessive thirst, frequent urination, hunger pangs, fatigue, slow healing of wounds and sores, dry and itchy skin and blurry eyesight. Type 1 diabetes occurs when a person’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. Without insulin, cells cannot absorb sugar (glucose), which is needed to produce energy. Though most cases are diagnosed between ages 10–14 type 1 diabetes can occur at any age. However, less than 10% of cases diagnosed are people over 40 years of age. While genes do play a role, the exact cause of Type 1 diabetes is not known. What we do know is that it is not linked to modifiable lifestyle factors, it cannot be prevented and there is no cure. Along with the symptoms listed above, a few unique symptoms of this diabetes are rapid heart rate, blood pressure falling below 90/60 and low body temperature (below 97º F). Another indicator is weight loss despite an increased appetite. This is because the body breaks down muscle and stored fat in an attempt to provide fuel to the hungry cells. Unlike Type 1 diabetes, most people with Type 2 diabetes can still produce insulin, but not enough to meet their body’s needs. The condition originates in the body’s cells becoming insulin resistant. That is, the normal response to a given amount of insulin is reduced. As a result, higher levels of insulin are needed in order for it to have proper effects, and the pancreas compensates by trying to produce more insulin. Over time, the pancreas cannot keep up and is unable to make enough insulin when blood sugar levels increase, such as after meals and this situation or condition is called Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can develop at any age, but people over 45 are at greater risk because they tend to exercise less, lose muscle mass and gain weight as they age. Furthermore, overweight people, as well as those with a family history of Type 2 diabetes, are more likely to develop the disease. The first rule to successfully manage diabetes, be it Type 1 or 2, is to keep a check on your blood sugar levels. Oral and injectable medication can help manage diabetes, but it is only a support and must be accompanied by diet and exercise. Since the goal for both Type 1 and 2 is to manage blood sugar levels, the broad guidelines for diet and exercise remain the same. The specifics are determined by the amount of insulin a person is taking. Also, Type 1 diabetics are rarely overweight, so their diet doesn’t have to focus on foods that accelerate weight loss. Read this article to learn more about the two types of diabetes. Finally, reach out to experts at Healthify for a customized diet and fitness plan that can help better manage your diabetes.

Can I test myself for diabetes?

Yes, you can test yourself for diabetes. Even though it is best to get checked under the guidance of an expert healthcare professional, you can also take a self-diagnostic test at your home. You can check your blood glucose level using a glucose meter kit following the guidelines. If you suspect the level is too high, you should consult with a professional immediately.

What foods to avoid with diabetes?

A healthy lifestyle should include nutrition and exercise, but when you have diabetes, these factors hold even greater significance. To put diabetes into one simple sentence: it is a metabolic illness marked by persistently excessive blood sugar levels in the body. Blood glucose is the primary energy source you get from food. Therefore, the ultimate challenge of controlling diabetes is keeping your blood glucose level, also known as blood sugar, within the target range. To do this, you must understand that the foods or diet you choose, how much of it you eat, and when you consume it are crucial in maintaining your blood glucose level. The silver lining here is that you can enjoy all your favourite food but in controlled quantities. Consuming various healthful foods from all food groups in the suggested serving sizes is the key to managing diabetes. Knowing which foods to exclude from a diabetes diet is equally as crucial as knowing which ones to include. That is because many foods and beverages are high in added sugar and carbohydrates, which can raise blood sugar to a dangerous level. Here’s a list of food you should keep off your list if you’re diabetic Refined Grains White bread, rice, and pasta are examples of refined grains that are high in carbohydrates but poor in fibre, which might cause blood sugar levels to rise more quickly than with whole grains. Processed Meats Processed meats like bacon, hot dogs, salami, and cold cuts contain excessive sodium, preservatives, and other dangerous substances which are not precisely diabetes-friendly. Trans fats & Saturated Fats Unhealthy fats like saturated and trans fats can worsen diabetic symptoms. These fats are present in fried and processed meals, such as baked goods, fries, pizza, and chips. Alcohol Alcohol has a mixed effect on the glucose levels in your body. After taking alcohol, the sugar levels in the body rise initially and then go dangerously low. Alcohol has a high amount of sugar in it. So, when you drink alcohol, the sugar from it enters your bloodstream. It results in a sudden spike in your blood sugar levels. This spike typically occurs for 1-2 hours. At first, the body starts absorbing and using the sugar, and then the blood glucose levels start decreasing. Furthermore, the sugar from alcohol impairs liver function. As the sugar level in the blood increases due to alcohol, the liver produces less glycogen (a complex polysaccharide which stores glucose). As a result, the liver continues to have significantly less glycogen until a large quantity of alcohol gets eliminated from the body. The combination of these two processes (utilisation of blood sugar from alcohol by the body and decreased glycogen from the liver) can push blood glucose levels dangerously low. Sweetened Beverages Sugar-sweetened drinks like soda, sweet tea, and energy drinks are not good choices. Any drinks high in carbohydrates, sugar, and sodium should be avoided by people with diabetes. Also, it is best to avoid drinks with artificial sweeteners for both diabetics and people without the condition. Artificial sweeteners are associated with increasing people’s weight, which worsens diabetes. Hence, it would help if you avoided any drinks with these ingredients. In addition, several health risks, such as increased chances of contracting bladder cancer, chronic fatigue, and brain tumours, are linked with artificial sweeteners. Your diet can support or hinder insulin resistance, breaking or making your diabetes manageable. The fundamental principles revolve around simple, wholesome eating in moderation. Finally, as you dine, aim for a diet low in simple sugars and high in whole plant-based foods, including fruit and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy plant-based fats, but watch out for added sugars. Just keep in mind that, while these meals may assist in controlling blood sugar, maintaining a healthy diet that is generally nutrient-rich and well-balanced, along with an active lifestyle, is the most crucial component of managing blood sugar. Here’s an article on a healthy and balanced diabetes diet for better health.

What is the best time to check blood sugar?

In the case of multiple injections daily, you should test blood sugar before bedtime and meals. When opting for intermediate or long-acting insulin, it is good to take it before breakfast or dinner.

What is the best diet for type 1 & type 2 diabetes?

Which fruit is good for diabetes patient?

Diabetes is a lifestyle disorder where one’s blood glucose or blood sugar levels rise to a dangerous level. The struggle of having a sweet tooth while suffering from diabetes is not uncommon. People suffering from diabetes should monitor the glycemic index of everything they eat. The glycemic index (GI) is the ranking of carbohydrate-containing foods according to how they affect blood sugar levels. The higher the ranking, the greater its effect on blood sugar levels. The trick here is to consume foods with a low glycemic index in moderation. The notion that fruits are not safe for patients with diabetes is entirely wrong. Fruits are rich in a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and fibre. These are excellent for controlling blood sugar levels and reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The fibre content in fruits can also help prevent unhealthy cravings and overeating by making the stomach feel full. So they also play a vital role in healthy weight management, increasing your insulin sensitivity, and thus helping with managing diabetes. Some fruits have a low glycemic index while others have a high GI. Choosing the right fruits that not only prevent blood sugar spikes but have a positive effect on health can be a bit daunting. Luckily, most of the fruits that we consume in our everyday lives fall in the low or medium GI range (with a few exceptions). We have curated a list of easily available and the best fruits for diabetics to enjoy. Avocados The healthy fats and potassium in avocados are beneficial for people with diabetes. In addition, it helps lower triglycerides and harmful cholesterol levels in the body. Its glycemic index is as low as 15. Cherry Cherries with a low glycemic index of 22 are rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, iron, beta carotene, potassium, folate, magnesium and fibre. Therefore, they are highly beneficial for people with diabetes. Also, cherries are full of anthocyanins. These lower blood sugar levels by increasing insulin production by 50%. Therefore, it is advisable to take one cup of fresh cherries a day to control diabetes. Grapefruit This is a common citrus fruit with about 91% of it being water. It is high in vitamin C reserves. Its glycemic index is 25, and it contains high amounts of fibre reserves. In addition, evidence suggests grapefruit contains a substance called naringenin, a flavonoid that enhances insulin sensitivity in the body. Therefore, it is advisable to take them as part of your daily routine to keep your blood sugar levels under control. Apricots Apricots are high in antioxidants that neutralise free radicals or harmful compounds that damage your cells, thereby reducing your oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is associated with many chronic conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. Like pears and peaches, apricots have skin that provides fibre and helps maintain blood sugar levels. Fresh apricots have a GI of 34 and dried apricots have a GI of 30. Apple Apples are high in vitamin C, diluted fibre and antioxidants, which help control diabetes. In addition, as per a study, they contain pectin and can help eliminate toxins from your body and reduce insulin requirements by about 35% in people with diabetes. Its glycemic index is also low, i.e. 38 and it is very commonly available. Furthermore, doctors have established that people who consume apples regularly have a 28% lower possibility of suffering from type 2 diabetes. That is because polyphenols in apples prevent the wear and tear of beta cells responsible for insulin production. While diabetes is infamous for having no cure, one can easily manage it with simple and easy steps. At HealthifyMe, we live by the mantra that ‘moderation is key’. You do not need to exclude any fruit entirely from your diet to help your diabetes. With proper consultation and guidance from an expert, you can still maintain a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet that would include all kinds of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Here’s an article on the best fruits for diabetes.

What is the best diet for diabetics?

There isn't just one type of diet or food plan for a diabetic, but fortunately, several weekly menu options that a diabetic can choose from. The appropriate diet will help you control your blood sugar, lose weight, and feel better. Several well-known and popular eating programs may provide you with the roadmap to do so. You'll want to find something that works for you with foods that you enjoy and a plan that you can adhere to in the long term. Low-Carb Aim to have quality carbs in limited quantities. The carbs should come from whole cereals or preferably millet. Use your hand/ palm to assess how much of the carb you should take, like 3/4 of a fist of cooked rice or 1 chapati size of your hand is acceptable. Mediterranean Diet This heart-healthy diet incorporates a variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as fish, chicken, nuts, olive oil, legumes, and whole grains. According to research, the diet can help controls blood sugar levels. Wine can be consumed with meals, but the American Diabetes Association recommends no more than one drink per day for women and two for men. DASH Nutrition experts recommend this eating plan to many people because it underscores consumption of fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy, healthy grains, lean meats, fish, nuts, and legumes. (It also allows for certain sweets.) You should consume them in moderation.) According to a 2011 study, it can enhance insulin sensitivity when used with a weight loss programme that includes exercise. Zone Diet Its purpose is to maintain steady blood sugar levels. Meals contain 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein, and 30% fat. Chicken and barley can be consumed but not the potatoes or egg yolks. According to a 2015 study, it has a positive influence on glycemic management and waist size, therefore it could be an excellent choice. Paleo The concept behind this fashionable diet is to eat as early humans did before modern agriculture, when we were hunter-gatherers. This includes no dairy, refined sugar, cereals, or legumes, as well as no processed vegetable oils such as soybean or canola oil. Fruits and vegetables, lean meats (ideally grass-fed), seafood, nuts, and seeds are all acceptable. Small studies indicate that this dietary pattern can help with blood sugar and diabetes. Intermittent fasting or fasting All of the many fasting diets available are based on the idea that skipping meals on a few occasion will help you lose weight and possibly fend against chronic disease. However, going without food for an extended period of time might be risky for someone with diabetes. It can cause issues such as low blood sugar and dehydration. So, consulting with your doctor before starting such a fast is imperative. Gluten-Free Gluten is a protein that is found in grains such as wheat, rye, and barley. People with digestive issues, such as celiac disease, should avoid it. Going gluten-free is widely believed to help you reduce weight, improve digestion, and increase energy. However, science does not support these claims. Furthermore, gluten can be found in anything from salad dressing to vitamins. This diet is not necessary unless your doctor recommends it.

What are the healthy eating habits for a diabetic?

There are a lot of healthy eating habits to be followed for diabetics. While diabetes can be incredibly harmful to one's health, it can also be treatable organically. Health concerns can also be prevented by simply adhering to a good diabetic diet and eating properly with the help of following guidelines. Dietary calories should be 55-60% carbs, 15-20% protein, and 15-20% fat. A minimum of 130 g of carbohydrates should be consumed to avoid ketosis. Every day patients with Type 2 diabetes should consume 16 calories per pound of body weight. Patients with Type 2 diabetes are typically placed on a 1500-1800 calorie diet per day in order to promote and/or maintain optimum body weight. Simple sugars, which are easily absorbed and have a high glycemic index, should be avoided. Peaks in blood sugar levels should be avoided. Insulin is changed based on the situation. The patient's calorie distribution is changed based on the type of insulin he or she is taking. Dietary fibre and complex carbs should be included. Also, per 1000 kcal ingested, 25-40 g of dietary fibre can be included. Millets should be eaten. Cereals that have been refined should be avoided. Soluble fibre has the greatest effect on hypoglycemia and hypocholesterolemia. Legumes, whole grains, and fenugreek seeds should be included in the diet. It is preferable to consume coconut oil and homemade ghee over all other seed and nut oils. Fish and chicken are chosen above meat. Fried foods should be avoided. A high-protein diet increases insulin production and promotes satiety. Protein and fibre are abundant in pulses. Proteins derived from plants are favoured over animal proteins since they are cholesterol-free and high in fibre. Thought it is true to an extent, however we recommend high biological value proteins which come from lean meats, cereal protein combinations (e.g dal chawal/ khichdi/ pongal) If necessary, vitamins and minerals are added. (Especially those that are fat soluble). To avoid hypoglycemia, it is important to consume snacks between meals on time. Three main meals and two between-meal snacks are permitted. Food exchange lists should be used to minimise hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia. Exchange systems should be used to reduce monotony and achieve nutritional consistency and flexibility. The impact of chew count, glycemic indexes, meal type, and form on blood sugar levels should be recognised. The metabolic response to carbohydrate eating is influenced by both the source (GI) and the quantity (Glycaemic load). Rice has a high GI, however, rice bran has a low GI due to its high fibre and fat content. Unsalted raw or dry roasted mixed nuts are beneficial for blood glucose control as well as blood lipids. They manage diabetes without gaining weight. Patients should avoid alcohol. Fasting and feasting should be avoided by patients. For insulin users, meal planning is essential. Meals should be spread out to account for the availability of insulin. If insulin or oral hypoglycemic medications are not taken, there is no significant obesity or hyperglycemia is modest, general balanced diet rules must be observed. Probiotics may help improve insulin sensitivity and reduce inflammation. Sodium intake is to be no more than 6 g daily. Sodium is restricted to 3 g in hypertensive diabetic patients. Artificial sweeteners can be taken by patients, occasionally. Patients should avoid junk food. Diabetics should consume less fat, sugar, and salt. Special diabetic foods are pricey and may not provide any additional health benefits over regular diets. Increased meal frequency (nibbling) slows small intestine absorption, resulting in lower insulin output and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol content. Acarbose, an antihyperglycemic drug, slows and decreases the rise in postprandial blood glucose levels. Acarbose inhibits alpha-glucosidase. Whole wheat is chosen over rice because it includes acarbose, which permits glucose absorption to be gradual. The diet should address the antioxidant, micronutrient, and phytochemical requirements by including the recommended amount of vegetables and fruits. A higher intake of whole grains and legumes, as well as a lower intake of fat, particularly saturated fat, increase insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of diabetes independently of weight loss. A 5% weight decrease in overweight or obese people with type 2 diabetes improves glucose and lipid levels, as well as blood pressure.

What are the three main signs of diabetes?

Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar, either because the body stops producing insulin (Type 1) or is unable to respond to insulin (Type 2). It’s important to understand the cause and recognize the symptoms of diabetes because too much sugar in the blood can lead to a range of serious complications. It can damage the vessels that supply blood to vital organs increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke, kidney issues, vision problems and nerve ailments. If the condition goes unchecked for long, it can even prove to be fatal. A 2019 study revealed that 77 million people in India live with diabetes. This figure will nearly double by 2045, making the nation secure the second-highest position in the world of diabetes. Another study states the prevalence of type 2 diabetes is 14.6% in men and 9.1% in women. The sample consisted of 705 men and 688 women, all aged 70. The most common and evident signs of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are popularly known as the three Ps– Polydipsia, Polyuria and Polyphagia. Polydipsia means excessive thirst. If you’re experiencing polydipsia you may feel thirsty and have a dry mouth all the time. When your blood sugar is high, the kidneys produce more urine in order to eliminate the extra sugar from the body. Meanwhile, the brain misinterprets this as fluid loss and signals you to drink some liquid in an effort to balance the body’s hydration level. This desynchrony causes extreme thirst. Polyuria translates to urination which is more than normal. Our bodies produce around 1-2 litres of urine every day, however, those experiencing polyuria produce nearly 3 litres of urine in a day. As aforementioned, when the blood glucose level is high the kidneys filter out more water to remove the excess glucose. This causes an increased frequency of urination. A study revealed that urine’s colour, smell, and consistency help doctors gauge their health status. Diabetes results in cloudy urine as there’s a high sugar or glucose level in the urine. Polyphagia describes heightened hunger. In people with diabetes, glucose can’t enter the cells to be used for energy either due to insulin resistance or low insulin levels. This causes a lack of energy which in turn makes you crave food. This kind of hunger doesn’t go away even after consuming food and may worsen the already high blood glucose levels. According to a recent report from WHO, diabetes is one of the most common chronic conditions and the leading cause of disability worldwide. But unfortunately, the symptoms of diabetes can go unnoticed in its early stage since most people don’t understand them. However, an early diagnosis will help you control your diabetic status before it causes a profound effect on your body, including the heart, eyes, blood vessels, kidneys, and nerves. Leading a healthy life with diabetes is still possible if detection happens early and is managed well. Remember, research has revealed that people with diabetes can reverse most of the symptoms of diabetes if they follow a suitable healthy diet that includes balanced and diabetic-friendly foods.

What is the normal blood sugar level by age?

Firstly, let us understand what is blood sugar or glucose:- When we eat food, it gets digested and absorbed. On digestion, one of the main products is glucose or blood sugar. This glucose is the prime provider of energy to the entire body. Now, the amount of glucose in the blood has to be within a manageable range for the body to use and not be burdened with. Thus, here we discuss the ideal range of blood sugar for various age groups. The normal or ideal blood sugar levels for various age groups are as given below:- Starting with infants and toddlers (0 -5 yrs of age) who are mostly on breast milk, formulae, and bland weaning foods, the ideal blood sugar should be between 100-180 mg/ dL OR 5.5 to 10.0 mmol/ L) In this phase the child requires good nourishment as he/she is in the core developmental phase and needs the energy to achieve the primary goals of brain, muscle and bone development. Children from 6-12 years old, who are using their muscles for various physical activities, having a growth spurt wherein their bones are elongating and their brain and thinking power is enhancing, need to have an ideal blood sugar level between 90-180 mg/dL OR 5-10 mmol/ L. For teenagers from 13 -19 years of age, where it’s more about refining their musculature, achieving optimum height, and sharpening brain power; their blood sugars should ideally range from 90-130 mg/ dL OR 5-7.2 mmol/ L. Adults who have achieved all areas of growth and have to maintain their physique and keep their brains active need to regulate their blood sugar levels between 90-130 mg/ dL OR 5-7.2 mmol/ L. In summary, blood sugar levels can make or break you. If you are not two steps ahead of managing it, it can become a challenge to control. So, do take care of what you are eating, how much you are eating, how regularly you exercise, and how well you manage your daily stress. These factors hugely contribute to your blood sugar levels and if controlled within limits, will ensure your glucose is just about right for effective and smooth body function.

What is gestational diabetes?

Pregnancy is one of the happiest moments in a woman’s life. However, it is also a time of enormous physical and emotional changes. Some complications are routine, while others, like gestational diabetes, can be worrisome. Gestational diabetes, also known as pregnancy diabetes, is when you develop high blood sugar levels during pregnancy. Your body becomes more resistant to insulin during pregnancy because your body has to give the developing baby extra glucose. However, in a few women, the process goes haywire which leads to diabetes. Your body either stops responding to the insulin as it should or does not produce the necessary amount of insulin. Staying true to its name, gestational diabetes is limited to only the pregnancy months and affects particularly those who have never had diabetes. Know that you can deliver normal and healthy babies with careful dietary monitoring and treatment, even while having gestational diabetes. Getting diagnosed with gestational diabetes might feel daunting during a time when there are many emotional and physical changes. But don’t let yourself be overwhelmed by it since a few minor adjustments can make a big difference. For example, tracking your daily carb intake while monitoring the foods your body accepts and rejects in lowering your blood sugar levels can help manage gestational diabetes. Go ahead, eat wisely, responsibly, and maybe even a little bit with enjoyment. The goal is to create lasting routines that feel manageable and stress-free while managing your blood sugar levels in a healthy range throughout this beautiful period. To assist your body in balancing blood sugar levels, you should also increase your daily exercise. During this joyous time, you can feel vibrant, full of energy, and have smooth, stable moods while managing gestational diabetes if your diet is more balanced. Everyone has their version of what to eat when pregnant. After all, you know what’s best for you. And if you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, a dietician or a nutritionist will help you understand what changes you have to make in your diet. Here’s an article on gestational diabetes diet by us to help you understand the phenomenon better and choose the right alternatives. We’ve also added a few strategies to maintain your health during this period.

How do you check for diabetes at home?

People with diabetes are suggested to check their sugar level regularly to avoid potential complications and keep it under control. In such conditions, the Home Blood Glucose test is an efficient and affordable way to analyse their blood glucose level, especially in the early stages of diabetes. The typical steps of using Glucose Kit at home are. - Wash and dry your hands - Prick your finger with a lancet, a small and sharp needle. - Put the drop of blood in the testing strip. - Place the strip in the meter and record the blood sugar results. Alternatively, you can also use the Comprehensive Glucose Monitoring method to get rid of the pricks. The CGM incorporated with the new HealthifyPro helps you get a consistent and holistic understanding of your health. Its Bio-sensor syncs with your phone and gives you concurrent data about your blood-sugar levels. You can also review how your glucose level changes over a few hours or days to see trends and make informed decisions about your diet, exercise and medicines.