Diabetes is a chronic illness that afflicts one usually for life. The real bad thing about diabetes is the effect the excess blood sugar has on several body organs.
If you or someone in your family has diabetes, keep track of the following things in conjunction with your doctor to ensure you live a longer and healthier life.
1. Blood pressure This measures the pressure your blood is under. If it’s too high it is called hypertension. Hypertension increases your risk of heart and kidney disease. Keep track of your blood pressure regularly and ensure you’re taking medications if you have been diagnosed with hypertension.
2. Cholesterol This measures the amount of cholesterol in your blood. High cholesterol has been linked with heart disease, combine this with diabetes that itself gives you a high risk, your heart disease risk increases even further. Heart disease includes sudden fatal heart attacks that can drop you dead without notice.
3. eGFR (estimated Glomerular filtration rate) Did you know that diabetes is a leading cause of kidney failure. When your kidney fails you will need it to be replaced either through dialysis or a transplant. The eGFR is a measure of your kidney function. Track it regularly particularly if it’s low to check how your kidneys are coping with your diabetes.
4. Urinary protein Your urine shouldn’t have any protein in it. However with the damage diabetes causes to the kidney, protein can start to leak out into the urine. Know whether or not you have protein in your urine and keep track of it in conjunction with your eGFR. 5. Hba1c Last and most important is your Hba1c. This measures how good a control your diabetes has been over the preceding 3 months. Think of it as a quarterly average of your blood glucose readings. This number is key as it guides your doctor in advising you about lifestyle or medication changes. There you have it, 5 things to track in diabetes, keep them all in check and you’ll be around to enjoy your later years. Sign up to become a member of Wella Health to track all the above via your phone, tablet or computer. Please share to help spread awareness and keep someone around you alive.