imyeyes-banner-sqIn My EyesBy Edward B. Antonio

IN MY EYES: Sweets pa more?

Mang Maing used to consume 1 box of chocolates daily.

He said he was able to read a research saying that the chocolate’s antioxidant potential may have a range of health benefits. The higher the cocoa content, as in dark chocolate, the more benefits there are.

He said that dark chocolate may also contain less fat and sugar and that it lowers cholesterol levels, prevents cognitive decline and reduces the risk of cardiovascular problems.

But one day, he suddenly felt something not good was happening to him. He was trembling for no reason. He felt weak and could not concentrate doing his works. He felt exhausted and thirsty. Then he remembered he had been consuming a box of cholate a day for the last two weeks!

Mang Maing sped to the hospital for a sugar level check-up and there his doctor said his sugar level was 155, whatever that is and that it’s very high.

“It should not exceed 90,” the doctor said.

Mang Maing was advised to stop eating chocolates and to avoid the following: softdrinks, sweets and pastries and too much carb. He was also advised to exercise and lose weight as he was becoming obese.

“Do these and come back after a month,” the doctor advised.

Mang Maing followed his doctor’s pieces of advice to the letter and after a month, he went back for a check-up.

“Your sugar level has normalized, so keep up,” his doctor said.

Mang Maing was the happiest man coming out of the hospital that time, fellas, and to date, he has been observing his doctor’s advice.

We have become very fond of sweet foods, fellas like yema, cakes, macaroni and native delicacies that we have forgotten their sugar contents.

Too much sugar in the body may result to diabetes. In 2013, over 382 million people around the world had diabetes and 90% of them had type 2 diabetes. This is a metabolic disease, characterized by high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood. Production of insulin – a pancreatic hormone that usually deals with balancing blood sugar levels – is either reduced or the cells don’t respond to it properly.

 Here are the warning signs of diabetes as published in Healthline:

1. Frequent urination (polyuria): If you notice that you have to urinate more often and you wake up during the night (sometimes several times) to empty your bladder, this could be a warning sign. The kidneys start working harder to get rid of the excess glucose from the blood.

2. Excessive thirst (polydipsia): This symptom links with the previous one. As you lose more fluids, the body will try to replenish them, hence the constant need to drink.

3. Increased hunger (polyphagia): Due to extreme highs and lows in blood sugar levels, the body develops a sudden urge to eat. The cells don’t get enough glucose, so you crave it.

4. Dry mouth: You experience a lack of moisture in the mouth, which can be both unpleasant and dangerous. Dry mouth can become a breeding ground for bacteria and cause different oral and dental problems. Gum diseases are a known complication of diabetes.

5. Unexplained weight loss or weight gain: As insulin can’t get glucose into the cells, the body reacts as if it would be starving and starts using proteins from the muscles. Rapid, unexplained weight loss (10 to 20 pounds over a couple of months) is not healthy and requires further investigation. On the other hand, increased consumption of sugary foods can lead to weight gain.

6. Fatigue: Excessive tiredness can develop when body constantly compensates for the lack of glucose in the cells. It also doesn’t help if your sleep gets interrupted by the urgency to urinate. People start experiencing lower levels of energy and are chronically not feeling well. It is not uncommon to also feel irritable and in a bad mood.

Further reading: You can also read my previous article about 6 reasons you are tired all the time, in which health issues are one of them.

 7. Vision problems: High blood sugar also affects the eyes. It changes the shape of the lens and eyes. As a result, your vision becomes blurry. You can see occasional flashes of light and the vision gets distorted. Initially, the changes to the eyes are reversible. However, if sugar levels stay high for a long period of time, this can cause permanent damage and can even lead to eyesight loss.

8. Headaches – A headache can develop due to elevated blood sugar levels and is considered an early sign of hyperglycemia (high blood glucose). The symptom gets worse as condition worsens.

9. Infections, cuts and bruises that do not heal: This classic sign of diabetes is a consequence of blood vessel damage. Excessive amounts of sugar harm the veins and arteries, so they become less able to transport blood to where it is needed to repair and heal the damage.

10. Yeast infections: Since bacteria and fungi thrive in a sugary environment, infections can become more common. The most frequent ones are yeast infections, such as candida, especially vaginal candida infections in women.

11. Numbness and tingling in hands and feet: This symptom is a result of nerve damage – neuropathy – that is connected with diabetes. Tingling and numbness in arms and feet can be accompanied by burning pain and swelling. If sugar levels are not brought down, the nerve damage can become permanent and presents a serious complication of diabetes named diabetic neuropathy.

12. Skin changes: Velvety dark skin, known as achantosis nigricans, can appear on the neck, groin and armpit. You can also observe other unusual skin changes and itchiness, especially around the vaginal or groin area.

13. Sexual dysfunction: Diabetes also damages blood vessels and nerves in the sex organs, which can lead to different sexual problems. Women can experience vaginal dryness and men can have difficulty with erection. 35% to 75% of men with diabetes suffer from impotence.

So, if you are experiencing these things, fellas, the chances are you already have diabetes!

Go see your doctor now.