Can I Have Diabetes At A Young Age?

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Posted on: November 11th, 2017
Author: LH Prime

Some people assume that diabetes is an illness that only happens as you get older. Some say, if your parents have diabetes, then you automatically have it too. A medical exam in Cebu is one of the easiest ways to know for sure, if you have diabetes.

 Can I Have Diabetes At A Young Age

 

LH Prime Cebu shares information about diabetes in this article and hopes to create an awareness for everyone for better understanding on what diabetes is all about.

The Department of Health says ‘…Diabetes is a serious, chronic metabolic disease characterized by an increase in blood sugar levels associated with long term damage and failure or organ functions, especially the eyes, the kidneys, the nerves, the heart and blood vessels.’

Who are at risk?

  • children of diabetics
  • obese people
  • people with hypertension
  • people with high cholesterol levels
  • people with sedentary lifestyles

This is probably why many assume that when you get older, that’s when you get diagnosed with diabetes. Visit a diagnostic clinic in Cebu to know if you are diabetic. As you get older, and you are diagnosed to be pre-diabetic, chances are higher for you to become diabetic. GMA’s Lifestyle shares that diabetes is one of the world’s most prevalent chronic diseases, and in the Philippines, almost 1 in 10 people are diabetic or prediabetic. If you notice these symptoms:

  • Urinating often
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Feeling very hungry, even though you are eating
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Weight loss, even though you are eating more (Type 1 diabetes)
  • Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands and feet (Type 2 diabetes)

Have yourself checked. A medical exam in Cebu would easily give you guaranteed tests that you can show your doctor. At the same time, while these symptoms do not automatically make you diabetic, it would give your doctor warning signs if there is something wrong.  

So, to answer the main question for our article today, the Manila Bulletin says, yes! To quote, ‘…What’s even more alarming is that Filipinos diagnosed with diabetes are getting younger and younger. Children, as young as five, have already been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. This silent plague is haunting our children, and it’s time we broke the age misconception, talked about it more, and took it very seriously.’

This month, as we celebrate World Diabetes Day on November 14, increased awareness and dissemination of information on how to prevent, how to improve one’s life, and how to be healthier would be tackled and shared.