Diabetes Mellitus is a metabolic disorder where there is excess of essential sugar in the blood (hyperglycemia) either due to defective insulin secretion or defective insulin production or lack of insulin receptor sites in the body. It is a complex and multifaceted life-long condition that can affect every part of your body. But with the right care by an expert Diabetologist Physician, there is no reason why it should prevent you from leading a healthy and fulfilling life.
Diabetes cannot be cured, but you can learn to manage the condition by controlling blood glucose levels with our personalised diabetes care.
Living With Diabetes
Living with diabetes doesn’t mean living in deprivation, it simply means living with caution. After being diagnosed with Diabetes, initially it may take some time to cope up and to adjust your lifestyle.
At MWC, with the right support and continued care by our experts, we will help you succeed with all the routine demands your diabetes makes upon you, from monitoring your cholesterol and blood pressure to managing your weight.
Spot The Diabetic
If you have any of the following diabetes risk factor, testing should be conducted at the earliest age & carried out regularly.
- You have a parent / sibling with Diabetes Mellitus.
- You are overweight (BMI >25)
- You have high BP
- You have HDL cholesterol >35mg/dl &/or Triglycerides >250mg/dl
- You have Polycystic ovarian disease / gestational diabetes
- You are pre diabetic or borderline diabetes – impaired fasting glucose or impaired glucose tolerance, (which on timely intervention may delay or even reverse the progression to diabetes).
Contrary to the popular belief, you don’t need battery of tests to diagnose diabetes.
Minimal initial investigations required are:
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you probably already know the symptoms:
- Frequent urination
- Blurred vision
- Pain and tingles in extremities
- Change in weight
- Sexual difficulties
Overtime, Diabetes can cause a variety of complications in your body – affecting everything from your eyes to your heart. But if right care is taken these complications may be avoided altogether.
- High BP (Hypertension)
- Deranged cholestrol (Dyslipidemia)
- Retinopathy (affecting the eyes)
- Nephropathy (affecting the kidneys)
- Neuropathy (affecting the nerves)
The traditional models of care, where instructions are passed down wholesale chains to the patient no longer work. People with diabetes require personal attention as different people respond differently to the same medications, hence treatment for diabetes should be individualized.
At MWC, we work together on ‘project you’, we equip you with the latest in knowledge and technology in diabetes care. We assess your medical risk factors and medications to build a plan that is specifically tailored for your and meets your needs.
We also look in depth at other parts of your life, example other conditions like BP, cholesterol, obesity, kidney functions and also your lifestyle.
Regular exercising, weight management, stress management and a balanced nutritious diet are a few things one must follow in case they are diagnosed with Diabetes. At MWC, working together on ‘project you’, we’ll help you with these lifestyle changes and personalised care and help you conquer Diabetes!
Losing weight can be a difficult task but it can be really helpful if you are a diabetic. Something as simple as brisk walking for 30 minutes for 5 days a week. Always carry a biscuit or glucose tablet to avoid low blood glucose while exercising.
Stress is one of the major reasons for diabetes as it increases the secretion of glucagon (a hormone that increases blood glucose levels). Look for patterns and avoid common stressors. prioritize your tasks and set limits. Learn relaxation techniques like meditation & yoga.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM)
Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) - Is a method to track glucose levels throughout the day and night. CGM systems take glucose measurements at regular intervals, 24 hours a day and translate the readings into dynamic data, generating glucose direction and rate of change.
How can it help a diabetic patient?
CGM users proactively manage glucose highs and lows, plus gives added insight into impacts that meals, exercise and illness may have on an individual’s glucose levels. CGM can also contribute to better diabetes management by helping to minimize the guesswork that comes with making treatment decisions* based solely on a number from a blood glucose meter reading.
How can it help the diabetic patient?
- Accurate monitoring of glucose levels using highly sensitive sensors and modern technology.
- Readings/data collected constantly over 24hrs helps the treating physician + the patient understand the disease as well as its progression.
- Help the patient achieve faster control over their diabetes eventually leading to more productivity and possibly reversing the ill effects of the disease on other organs