Friday, August 23, 2013

Diabetes Alarm

I have a sweet tooth and I love drinking coffee that is sweet and high in sugar content. Because of that, I always wonder does eating and taking too much sugar and sweet stuff results in diabetes. I did a research online by surfing the internet for an answer and some says taking too much sugar is NOT directly related to diabetes but some says it is related so it left me feeling confused. However, it seems that I have some of the symptoms of diabetes such as frequent urination, excessive thirst, itchy and dry skin and unusual fatigue. So I am kind of worried. Diabetes is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. People who have diabetes are twice as likely to develop heart disease than the rest of the population. High blood pressure and increased risk of stroke are also complications of diabetes. Any of you have knowledge or experience with diabetes? Do share with me as I am kind of worried that I may have diabetes. Thanks in advance.

8 comments:

Twilight Man said...

Wah! I found a friend like you. I am also a sweet tooth and coffee addict. I had seen many diabetic friends and patients who got it when they were not even 30 years old then. That puzzled me that sugar did not play its part to cause their insulin damages. I need to read up more too.

suituapui said...

Whatever it is, cut down on your sugar intake. There's enough in all the other things you eat. I've taken to drinking coffee without sugar these days and go for savoury instead of sweet stuff. At my age, must cut down too.

Agnes said...

you can resort for other natural sweetener like stevia for your coffee..I do not like the taste much but it is an healthier option.

Libby said...

Hi TM, I am just not used to bitter coffee, by the way hope you enjoyed your trip to Thailand and thanks for your comments.

Libby said...

STP: Recently don't know why, always get tired easily, so must really take care of my health.

Libby said...

Agnes: Thanks for your suggestion, will take note of it.

[SK] said...

i also have sweet tooth, but very true that i sometimes am worried about diabetes.. so the rule of thumb is, eat everything and anything moderately :)

Mamabliss said...

Best is to go to the Polyclinic ask for a blood test to be done. Then on your end, do more exercise (such as walking) and cut down on starchy foods (eat brown/red rice, less yellow noodles, less root vegetables such as yam and potatoes), cut down intake of fruits that are too rich (such as durians) and high in natural sugar content, cut down on freshly squeeze fruit juice (as it takes a lot of fruits to make a glass of juice). Of course, moderation of desserts and white sugar (anything processed is not good).

Take it from me bec I had gestational diabetes and had to do insulin jabs twice a day throughout my 2 pregnancies. And I've been diagnosed as a diabetic recently so now on oral medication, I have a family history of diabetes.

The dietician's and doctor's advise is to do more exercise. Walking 30mins a day is good and I have friends who told me that some people they know who was diagnosed with diabetes did exercise regularly and watch their diet they didn't need to be on any medication at all.

Take care my friend!