Published By : 05 May 2016 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
Diabetes is a chronic disease that is linked to high glucose levels in the blood. It is caused by an undersupply or no supply of insulin from the pancreas. Insulin is the only chemical that is able to process and break down glucose into energy in the human body. It is naturally produced by the pancreas in everyone, but complications may cause the pancreas to stop the production of insulin.
The overall awareness of diabetes across the globe is quite high at this point of time, as the prevalence of diabetes is exceptionally high is continues to climb. Common symptoms of diabetes include frequent urination, fatigue, hunger, uncontrolled weight loss, excessive thirst, increasing time for wounds to heal, numbness or tingling in toes, skin issues, and yeast infections.
A1c Test Numbers on the Rise
One of the most common methods to gauge the presence and the level of complication of diabetes in a patient is the use of the A1c test. It can not only tell whether a patient has diabetes of not, but can also determine how severe it is. This test shows a measure of the average sugar level of a patient for the past two months, from the day the test is conducted. The number of A1c tests performed recently have shown an increase in count, which is directly related to the increasing number of patients being diagnosed with diabetes. At the same time, the level of technologies used in the manufacture of A1c testing derives has also improved. There is a gradual shift from the use of laboratory testing devices to point of contact testing devices.
Food and Lifestyle get a Reality Check
The two most common causes of diabetes are overconsumption of unhealthy food and leading a faulty lifestyle. For instance, most of the food produced in the developing economy markets is not tested for the presence of chemicals that are already linked to the causation of diabetes. Another idea being pondered over in developed nations is to implement sugar taxes and use the money collected to subsidize healthy and organic foods.