Diabetes is a medical condition in which blood glucose levels remain persistently higher than normal. This happens when the body does not produce enough (or any) insulin. Diabetes affects 1 in 9 Singaporeans.
Common symptoms of diabetes include increased thirst and hunger, frequent urination and sudden unexplained weight loss, although some people may not have any symptoms at all. Diabetes can be caused by your genetics, a sedentary lifestyle, age or during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). Complications of diabetes include kidney failure, eye conditions, diabetic foot ulcers, nerve complications and heart attack. The most effective way to prevent diabetes is through lifestyle management. For someone diagnosed with diabetes, diet control with adequate exercise and ensuring you continue to take your medication as prescribed by your doctor can minimise complications caused by this chronic disease.