HEALTH CHECK. Diabetes: are you at risk?

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Arnold Clavio, who was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes ten years ago, recently forged a partnership with UP PGH (University of the Philippines, Philippine General Hospital) Pedia Endo-Metabolic Department, supporting some beneficiaries of Adopt A Child with Diabates.


Last month, Arnold Clavio, through IGAN Foundation, launched a partnership with RITEMED and UP PGH (University of the Philippines, Philippine General Hospital) Pedia Endo-Metabolic Department.

In support of Adopt A Child with Diabates, the tie-up aims to "develop and implement community-based programs that will increase awareness for type 1 diabetes."



Did you know that there are two types?

Dr. Sioksoan Chan-Cua, associate professor and chief of endocrinology at the Department of Pediatrics in UP-PGH, said the difference between the two is that Type 1 "needs insulin for survival."

It's more restricting in the sense that even "too much exercise can drop the sugar."

With type 1, the pancreas produces little to no insulin.

With type 2, the body either resists the effects of insulin or doesn't produce enough insulin to maintain a normal blood sugar level.

Now here are a few things we should know about this serious, lifelong disease.


How do I know that I’m diabetic?

Frequent urination, excessive thirst, and unexplained weight loss despite a large appetite, blurred vision, and itchy skin are some of the initial symptoms.

For children, Dr. Chan-Cua warned, "One of the tell-tale signs that your child may have Type 1 diabetes is habitual bedwetting despite being toilet-trained. That is not normal and it should be a cause for alarm."


At what age can I be diagnosed with Diabetes?

“At a young age, anyone can be diagnosed with either a Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.”

In local showbiz, child star Mona Louise Rey, 9, has been injecting insulin to control her blood sugar—which, according to her, sometimes reaches “six hundred fifty-eight."



What's the normal sugar level?

Fasting blood sugar (FBS) of 101-125 is pre-diabetic stage; 126 and above is diabetic.

Without fasting, blood sugar is greater than 200 is diabetic.


Who are at risk?

People who are heavy in the midsection, those with acanthosis nigricans (such as dark necks), irregular menstruation, and ovarian cyst.

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People with type 2 diabetes are usually overweight.

GOOD NEWS! One downside of having a diabetes is that you will have to go through medication for the rest of your life, which means allotting higher budget for medical expenses.

A drug called Insulyf claims it's "50 percent cheaper than other brands...that are usually priced at P800 per 3 ml, which is often consumed by patients in just under a week."


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