Diabetes and its complications
Diabetes is a disease in which your blood glucose (blood sugar) levels are too high. Glucose comes from food and insulin is a hormone that is created in the body to help glucose get into cells to give them energy.
Diabetes is a huge and growing burden for many countries across the world. Globally, more than 400 million adults lived with the condition in 2015 and this number is expected to rise to above 640 million, or one in ten adults by 2040. In Singapore, diabetes is a serious health concern, with over 400,000 Singaporeans living with the disease. One in three Singaporeans has a lifetime risk of getting diabetes and the number of those with diabetes is projected to reach one million by 2050, if current trends continue. In April 2016, MOH declared War on Diabetes to rally a whole-of-nation effort to reduce the burden of diabetes in our population and keep Singaporeans healthy as we age.
There are two types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition where a person can still produce insulin, but their body does not process it well. Prediabetes is the condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes can cause several health complications including eye problems such as glaucoma or cataract, kidney disease, high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), skin complications, and foot complications. Diabetes can even lead to a heart attack, stroke, or need to remove a limb. Proper management of diabetes and regular check-ups can prevent many of these complications.
According to the most recent data from the International Diabetes Federation, about 8.8% of the world lives with diabetes as of 2019, about a 2.4% increase from 2010 (6.4%). This means that about 415 million people around the world are living with diabetes. This is expected to increase to 642 million by 2040.
Type 2 diabetes is preventable. Changes to lifestyle and dietary preferences can reduce one’s risk of getting diabetes. The Health Promotion Board (HPB) has launched several initiatives to encourage the adoption of healthier meal options. In addition, you can take health supplements to support and prevent Diabetes Type 2.
VittaPharms Glucozip helps to maintain a healthy sugar level with Nopal Extract as one of the main ingredients, which has been used traditionally by Native Mexicans for a multitude of benefits. Glucozip’s Patented Formula of Extracting and Filtering the Best of Nopal Cactus Ensures that the Product is of Optimum Quality.
Nopal Cactus has been one of the exotic plants, which can increase your metabolism and help you reduce your body fat when using it wisely. You will be also amazed by the potential benefits of nopal cactus to your health, including cholesterol and glucose blood levels. The benefits for Nopal Cactus include:
- Weight loss and increase metabolism rates, as it gives your gut more fiber and water to make you feel full. The inhibition of ghrelin (an appetite hormone) in your blood, can also have beneficial effects on your diet and help you lose weight. Opuntia plants also contain less saturated fat and cholesterol, while vitamin B6, thiamine, and riboflavin may equally increase the fat burning combined with some daily exercise.
- Enhances your digestion process – as Nopal Cactus and its green pads are rich in fiber, which in turn helps your gut to digest food faster and easier. The mobility of your intestine can be improved and symptoms of constipation are relieved (depending on yoru diet profile).
- Finally, there is a strong correlation between low blood cholesterol levels and high fiber consumption, which is another benefit of consuming Nopal Cactus supplements regularly.
- Reduces blood sugar levels