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Diabetes - What are the risk factors?
• Are you 40 years of age or older?
• Do you have a close relative (parent or sibling) who has type 2 diabetes?
• Are you a member of a high-risk population, such as those of Aboriginal, Hispanic, Asian, South Asian, or African descent?
• Do you have a history of gestational diabetes or prediabetes or some evidence of the complications of diabetes (such as eye, nerve or kidney problems)?
• Do you have heart disease, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol? Are you overweight (especially around your abdomen)?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should contact your healthcare provider and get checked for diabetes right away. If left untreated or improperly managed, diabetes can result in a variety of complications:
• heart disease
• kidney disease
• eye disease
• problems with erection (impotence)
• nerve damage (Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy)
What are the signs and symptoms?
There are many signs and symptoms that can indicate type 2 diabetes. Some of these are unusual thirst, frequent urination, weight change (gain or loss), extreme fatigue, blurred vision, cuts and bruises that are slow to heal, and tingling or numbness in the hands or feet.
If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to contact your healthcare provider right away. Even if you don’t have symptoms, if you are 40 or older, you should still get checked.
Diagnosis of diabetes
Your healthcare provider will have to test your blood to determine if you have diabetes. There are three different tests that can measure the amount of glucose (sugar) in your blood.
1. Fasting blood glucose (FPG)
You must not eat or drink anything except water for at least eight hours before this test. A test result of 7.0 mmol/L or greater indicates diabetes.
2. Casual blood glucose
This test may be done at any time, regardless of when you last ate. A test result of 11.0 mmol/L or greater, plus symptoms of diabetes, indicates diabetes.
3. Oral glucose tolerance test
You will be given a special sweetened drink prior to this blood test. A test result of 11.1 mmol/L or greater, taken two hours after having the sweet drink, indicates diabetes.
A second test must be done in all cases (except if you have acute signs and symptoms). Once you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, ask your healthcare provider to refer you for diabetes education.
Source: Dietitians of Canada
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Sweating is a very important process that your body uses for a variety of purposes. In fact, these days it is used to help your overall health. Everyday, you sweat out about 10 percent of the water that your body loses. You don't have to be working out to sweat, but when you do it during exercise, you are benefiting your body. Here are three of the major benefits of sweating:
1. Cleaner Skin
Unfortunately, sweating has gotten a bad reputation. But sweating is actually your body's way of helping to keep your skin clean. Every day, toxins build up in your pores that need to be released. If they're not, then your skin can break out and cause pimples, rashes and other skin infections. By sweating out these toxins, your skin stays cleaner and, over time, it will appear to look healthier than ever.
2. Lowers Body Temperature
If you never sweat, there's a good chance that you have a very high body temperature. In order to prevent this from happening, your body needs to sweat to avoid overheating. It's one of the reasons that you start sweating when you exercise. Your body heats up to burn calories and keep your energy levels high. At the same time, your body starts to release sweat through your skin to help keep it from getting too hot. You need to stay hydrated if you exercise for this very reason. Without an adequate supply of water, your body cannot sweat and your internal temperature will be too high for you to workout normally. If you do not sweat enough, you can also suffer from heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
3. Helps Fight Sickness
Getting a fever is no fun. So when you get a fever, the first thing you do is run to the medicine cabinet to reduce it. However, a fever is actually your body's way of fighting off sickness by trying to help you sweat it out. If you are sick, it could actually be beneficial for you to try working out (provided, of course, you are able to do so) because sweating can help your body to get rid of your sickness.
Sweating is one of the best things that your body can do to help keep itself healthy. Though you probably do everything you can to stop your body from doing it, the physical act of sweating is therapeutic for your body. It helps your skin, which is your largest organ, to stay active (especially during the winter months) and it helps your internal organs to stay cool by lowering your overall body temperature. If you do not exercise or workout regularly, you probably do not sweat much. You should try to change this. At the very least, there are saunas and spas available to you that allow you to enjoy the benefits of sweating without ever setting foot in the gym. Try to sweat more often to help your body stay healthy.