Death and Diabetes
Diabetes is a chronic, often debilitating, and sometimes fatal disease that occur when there are problems with the production and use of insulin in the body; this ultimately leading to high blood sugar levels. Diabetes can result either from inability of the body to produce insulin needed or inability of the body to make use of the insulin produced.
Long-term complications from diabetes include – kidney disease, diminishing sight, tingling or loss of feeling in the limbs, dementia (memory loss) and heart disease which is also known as cardiovascular disease. How does death and diabetes relates?
There are three types of diabetes:
Type 1 Diabetes which is sometimes called insulin dependent and it is considered to be an autoimmune reaction that attacks the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas.
Type 2 Diabetes which is also known as non-insulin dependent or adult onset. It is usually controlled through diet, regular exercise, oral medication and sometimes insulin injections
Gestational Diabetes develops during pregnancy and usually goes way afterwards.
You now know what diabetes is all about in simple term, what then is diabetes death?
Death is the action of dying or being killed; the end of the life of a person or organism. A diabetes death can now be said to be a death with an underlying causes related to diabetes and it’s complications. Among youths, diabetes deaths are more likely to result from direct acute complications of diabetes such a ketoacidosis or hyperglycemia.
What Causes Diabetes Death?
Uncontrolled or left untreated diabetes comes with a whole lot of complications which arise due to many risk factors among which include cigarette smoking which is the leading cause of avoidable diabetes death in the United State per year. Various complications are also associated with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, ranging from hyperglycemia, diabetic retinopathy and neuropathy, kidney failure, foot and leg amputation, chronic diarrhea, atherosclerosis (formation of fatty plagues inside the arteries), heart attack, stroke, headache, diabetic ketoacidosis, dehydration, coma and seizures; others are infections, chronic renal failure, coronary artery disease , cerebrovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, acute renal failure, malignancy
What to watch out for if you are diabetic
A person with diabetes should be checked regularly for early signs of diabetic complications. A health care professional can order some of these tests; for others, the patient should be referred to a specialist.
• The patient should have their eyes checked at least once a year by an eye specialist (ophthalmologist) to screen for diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of blindness.
• The patient’s urine should be checked for protein on a regular basis, at least one to two times per year. Protein in the urine is an early sign of diabetic nephropathy, a leading cause of kidney failure.
• Sensation in the legs should be checked regularly using a tuning fork or a monofilament device. Diabetic neuropathy is a leading cause of lower extremity ulcers in individuals with diabetes, which frequently lead to amputation of the feet or legs.
• The health care professional should check the feet and lower legs of the patient at every visit for cuts, scrapes, blisters, or other lesions that could become infected. Adults with diabetes should check the soles of their feet and their legs daily with a hand-held mirror, either by themselves or with the assistance of a relative or caretaker.
• The patient should be screened regularly for conditions that may contribute to heart disease, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Preferably, you can do some home glucose monitoring and lifestyle changes yourself to make sure that you stay clear of any complications that may lead to diabetes death.
How do I Prevent Diabetes Death
As I said earlier, diabetes related death can be avoided and as well prevented, if proper action is taking, now you might be wandering that diabetes cannot be cured as many people believed but can ‘t it be prevented? That is by the way, for somebody that is diabetic already, what can such person do to avert complication and prevent diabetes death.
Avoid Kidney Disease: most especially for those with type 2 diabetes, keep your kidney as healthy as possible, avoid those risk factors to keep your kidney healthy and at the same time, control your blood sugar effectively, that is why I will emphasize on home monitoring, monitor your blood glucose on a regular basis at home.
Avoid High Blood Pressure: diabetes and hypertension always wants to operate hand in hand, but I will advise you to keep your blood pressure at normal if you are diabetic, and don’t forget to work on your cholesterol level, this is also important in preventing fatty plague that may lead to heart disease.
Stay Clear of Risk Factor: risk factors contribute solely to diabetes complication which eventually may lead to diabetes death, it is therefore very important, to do away with all risk factors associated with diabetes if a diabetic patient want to live a healthy and long life.
Regular Check-ups: do not play with your check up, make sure you visit your doctor at the scheduled time, never miss an appointment and make sure you follow your physician’s instruction, be it on drug administration , diet and nutrition or lifestyle management.
Round Up Tips
A substantial proportion of this deaths are all preventable if public health actions and individual efforts can be channeled to primary prevention of diabetes, it is better if there is no diabetes at all rather than managing it; but if it does happen, treatment and management strategies should be strictly followed and adhered to in other to forestall and unforeseen circumstances, medical emergencies and even diabetes death.
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