What are Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)?

They are a group of illnesses that include heart attacks, stroke, cancers, asthma and diabetes. You cannot get them from another person. They also called lifestyle diseases as what we eat can put us at a greater risk of some NDCs. Go for regular health checkups even if you feel healthy. Most important, go to a doctor or clinic whenever you feel well or notice changes in your body.

DIABETES

You develop diabetes when your body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or when it produces a lot it for a long period of time. Without insulin your body cannot get the energy it need from your blood.

 

What’s Type 1 Diabetes?

It develops when the pancreas produces little or no insulin. It affects children and young adults.

 

What’s Type 2 Diabetes?

It develops when your body produces too much insulin.

 

SYMPTOMS:

Even though they are considered a silent killer, your body does tell you when you an NDC, Diabetes included.

Go to a clinic for a checkup if you experience the flowing changes:

– You’re always thirsty

-You feel like urinating all the time

– You lose eight suddenly

– You feel very tired all the time

– You can’t see clearly anymore

-When you get injured, your cuts and bruises take a long time to heal.

– You get boils and itching skin.

– There is tingling and numbness in your hands and feet.

 

TREATMENT:

-If you have Type 2 Diabetes, your doctor may give you pills to control your blood glucose levels.

-If you have Type 1 Diabetes must take insulin injections daily.

 

BE HEALTHY WISE:

-Snack on fruit instead of sweets, potato chips biscuits and cakes

– Limit fizzy drinks.

– Exercise regularly

-Include vegetables in your lunch and supper

  

TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR HEALTH! VISIT HEALTH FACILITIES ON SITE FOR REGULAR CHECKS EVEN WHEN YOU DON’T FEEL SICK

For more information, you can call the National Diabetes Helpline on 086 111 3913.