Recently, I took a taxi to Gleneagles Medical Centre. In the course of talking with the Malay taxi man, I found that he is also a diabetic.
The reason why I said that he is also a diabetic, because it seems that everywhere I turn to, there is someone who is his or herself diabetic or has someone in their cycle of friends that is diabetic.
I understand from some medical reports that almost 15% to 20% of the peoples in Singapore, maybe even in the affluent countries are diabetic.
During those years, she was under the attention of a general practioner and eventually an endocrinologist. It begun with simple diabetic medications to eventually insulin injections.
Immediately after this discovery , she underwent a triple heart bypass operation in Mount Elizabeth Hospital that costed about S $ 120,000/- including 2 weeks stay in the hospital.
Diabetes happens when the pancreas begin to malfunction due to aging, hereditary, reasons, sickness and many other factors, like stress.
To find out about one's potential of being a victim, one could request a doctor to carry out a simple test called the oral glucose tolerance test. Usually the individual arrives at the clinic early in the morning after an overnight fast. A blood test is taken to find out the level of the sugar in the blood after the fast.
After blood has been drawn out, the individual will be given a bottle of high glucose solution. He/She will have to return 2 hours later, and a fresh set of blood is drawn. Both blood samples are then sent to the laboratory for analysis. The difference is these two figures will ascertain whether the individual is diabetic.
The readings of the blood sugar is recommended as shown below:
1. 72 to 108 mg/dl ( 4 to 6 mmol/L) as ideal ( after overnight fast )
2. 110 to 145 mg/dl ( 6.1 to 8.0 mmol/L ) as optimal
3. 150 to 180 mg/dl ( 8.3 to 10 mmol/L) as sub-optimal
4. above 190 mg/ dl ( above 10.5mmol/L) as unacceptable
I will now discuss the foods that a diabetic can take and what foods they should reduced in their daily meals.
Some of the foods that can help lowering the sugar levels are as follows:
1. mini- bittergourd ( momordica charantia) , known as Ampalaya in Philippines
2. petai seed (parkia speciosa), known as bitter bean, sticky bean
In addition, it is prudent to have some glucose tablets readily at hand. Again, this is available at most pharmacies. This is used for diabetic who find themselves hypoglycaemic or shaking because their food intake has been burned up and their glucose level have drop drastically. Don’t despise this simple tablet, because it could save you from fainting and even unwanted injury from falling due to shaking and dizzy spells.
Ok, I have only so much to share with you. Please use it to educate your friends , family members who are in this category.
Remember to eat healthily and to exercise frequently. The quality of your health and length of your lifespan are in your hands.