Uncontrolled Diabetes: All You Need To Know
A condition wherein blood sugar levels are dangerously high.
Approximately one-third of adults with diabetes often donâ€™t know they have it .
Treatment can help, but this condition can't be cured
Lab tests and imaging required
Chronic: Can last for years or remain for life
The blood sugar levels in this condition are above-recommended target ranges, including A1C level above 7.0%. This raises many concerns about an unhealthy lifestyle and requires immediate medical care as it can be fatal as well. People who are not often unaware of their symptoms, end up with uncontrolled diabetes. If left untreated, it can lead to significant complications like heart attack, stroke, eye disease, kidney disease, and nerve disease.
Ages affected: ages 65 above: most often, between 45-65: more often, 20-45: less often
Symptoms include high blood glucose readings and increased urination.
People may experience:
Bodily changes: unexpected weight loss, increased appetite without any difference in the weight
Infections: urinary tract infections (UTI), skin or yeast infections
Kidney problems: dark coloration in urine, pain in lower back, frothy urine
Cardiovascular symptoms: disturbed cholesterol levels, raised BP, obesity
Self-care: self-management education helps increase awareness regarding diabetes. This includes glucose monitoring, avoiding smoking and alcohol, healthy eating and urine self-monitoring.
Medication: insulin doses can be adjusted or changed as per requirement and doctorâ€™s suggestion, along with antihypertensives and antilipidemics if required.
Specialists: For expert opinions, consult a physician or a Diabetes Educator. At mfine, we bring the best of specialists from different fields of medicine together on one platform, for your comfort and ease.