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Diabetes – What We Should Know

Seeking medical help is not denying God’s power, whether it is our physical or mental health.
Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas is no longer able to make insulin or when the body cannot make good use of the insulin it produces. This will lead to high glucose levels in the blood called hyperglycemia. DM is a global pandemic – 463 million people in the world have diabetes and of that 77 million belong to India (International Diabetes Federation, 2020).

KNOW THE WARNINGS SIGNS OF DIABETES

The onset of diabetes is often insidious, so know the following symptoms to seek help early:

• Increased thirst and frequent urination

• Increased hunger

• Sudden weight loss

• Fatigue

• Blurred vision

• Slow healing sore or ulcers

• Frequent infection

• Areas of darkened skin

WHY WE SHOULD CARE ABOUT DIABETES?

Diabetes is the leading cause of cardiovascular disease, blindness, kidney failure, lower-extremity amputation, dental diseases, and pregnancy-related complication. So, be sure to take these following precautions:

  1. Have your eyes checked by the retina specialist yearly
  2. Know your ABCs to prevent the risk of cardiovascular disease
  3. A – Hb A1C – <7.0%
  4. B – Blood pressure – <140/90
  5. C – Bad Cholesterol (LDL) -<100
  6. Monitor your renal function: Check Urine Microalbumin: Creatinine ratio yearly
  7. Do not walk barefoot and check your feet daily
  8. Maintain good oral health and keep a routine appointment with the dentists
  9. Diabetes should be tightly controlled during pregnancy to prevent maternal and fetal complications

DR. ANITHA LITTY
Dallas, USA

Dr. Litty, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CDCES, is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner in the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Endocrinology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. She focuses on diabetes management in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She earned her undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate degrees at the Texas Woman’s University, U.S.A. Dr. Litty resides in Sunnyvale, Texas with her husband, Litty C. Baby, and three beautiful children.

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Diabetes – What We Should Know

Seeking medical help is not denying God’s power, whether it is our physical or mental health.

It takes my mind back to childhood memories; when I’ve always wondered why people used to cut parts of the plants they want to grow to make it look lost entirely. Little did I realize, after a few days, the plants grow more beautifully than before. This selective removal method of certain parts of the plant, such as branches, buds, or roots, is pruning, which enables a healthy growth of the plant.

A gardener foresees a healthy plant while pruning. Apostle John says in John 15: 2, “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.” Who likes to be trimmed and pruned? Yeah, it sounds painful, but the process that seems unbearable to us at the beginning, God expects us to bear more pleasant and qualitative fruits at the end.

Pruning eliminates dead parts, prevents growth in the wrong direction, and nutrients do not go to the parts that the gardener does not want to grow, thereby ensuring a good yield. Often some difficult challenges or trials comes our way to reveal our weaknesses to sanctify ourselves, not to lean on the things of this world, and God doesn’t want our vitality to be used in a field that inhibits our spiritual life, preparing us for a better individual that God wants us to be.

An eagle pushes the little one out of the nest, and it falls, indeed, to be destroyed. Not so, however! The eagle comes down in a flash, catches the little one on her back, and flies up, and does it again and again before the eaglet learns to fly. God does not leave you in the middle of paths, in the same way, He makes you more robust in the process. As the gardener gets the credibility of a healthy plant, and as the mother eagle gets the credibility of a flying eaglet, whenever a godly man relies on God through his trials, God gets all the glory.

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