Facts about diabetes

  • There are 6 million new diabetes sufferers in the world each year
  • Diabetes is now the fourth biggest cause of death worldwide
  • One million amputations each year are caused by diabetes
Top five countries with diabetic population are:
  1. India - 35.5 million
  2. China - 23.8 million
  3. USA - 16 million
  4. Russia - 9.7 million
  5. Japan 6.7 million

Vitamins in diabetes

Vitamins like Vitamin B complex, Thiamine or Vitamin B1 and Pyridoxine or Vitamin B6 are very useful in diabetes, vitamin C and vitamin E are also very good in diabetes. Let's have a look on how they can help you controlling your diabetes.
Vitamin C - Vitamin C is considered highly beneficial in treating diabetes. Because of stress, urinary losses and destruction by artificial sweeteners, the vitamin C requirement is usually high in diabetics. Large amounts of this vitamin sometimes bring very good results. Natural insulin output increases in diabetics with supplementary doses of vitamin C. Natural sources of vitamin C are citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, sprouted Bengal gram and green grams.
Vitamin E - reduces considerably the devastating vascular damage accompanying diabetes. Vitamin E helps diabetics decrease their insulin requirements. It would be advisable for a diabetes patient to take a daily dose of 200 IU of this vitamin for a fortnight at a time. Rich Sources of Vitamin E are wheat or cereal germ, whole grain products, fruits and green leafy vegetables, milk and all whole raw or sprouted seeds. Other sources of vitamin E are cold pressed crude vegetable oils, especially sunflower seeds, safflower, and Soya beans oils, raw and sprouted seeds and grains, alfalfa, lettuce, almond, human milk etc.
Vitamin A - Diabetics are unable to convert beta-carotine to vitamin A so supplement of this vitamin, therefore, becomes necessary.

Diabetes and your eyes

Diabetes can play havoc with your eyes, and sometimes there are no early symptoms. So you may have no idea anything is wrong until your eyesight is in danger.
Here are the main eye problems that can be caused, or made worse, by diabetes.

Cataracts - These are often described as a clouding of the lens of the eye. They are treatable by surgery in most cases.

Glaucoma - Our eyes are largely made up of fluid, and when the pressure of that fluid builds up too much inside the eye, you have glaucoma. Left untreated, it can damage the optic nerves, and even lead to blindness.

Diabetic retinopathy - Lining the back of our eyes is light-sensitive tissue known as the retina. The retina contains very small blood vessels that can be damaged by diabetic retinopathy. Sometimes there are symptoms such as blurred vision, but often you won't even know anything is wrong until the condition is well advanced. In the worse case, it leads to blindness.

Early detection is the key to battling all of these conditions, and the best diagnostic tool available is the dilated eye examination. This is a test in which special eye drops temporarily enlarge your pupils, allowing the doctor to see the back of your eyes. This test (which is painless) can detect cataracts, glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy in their early, treatable stages.

If you have diabetes do yourself a favor and make an appointment for your dilated eye examination. And then do it again every year from now on.
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