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Diabetes is a chronic condition in which blood sugar is higher than normal because of insulin abnormalities. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas to help the body use glucose as a source of energy and to regulate blood sugar levels. The most common form of Diabetes is Type 2. It is a condition in which the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin and there is a resistance to the action of the insulin produced. Genetics have a very strong role in the development of type 2 Diabetes but lifestyle factors such as being overweight/obese, having low physical activity levels, bad eating habits, are big culprits.

Some people with type 2 Diabetes have mild symptoms that can go unnoticed. Common symptoms of Diabetes include: urinating often, feeling thirsty, feeling very hungry, extreme fatigue, blurry vision, weight loss, tingling/pain or numbness in the hands/feet.

It is important to note that sometimes Diabetes can show NO symptoms. Therefore it is important to know your risk factors, and those at high risk should get screened every year.

• Physical inactivity
• First-degree relative with diabetes
• High-risk race/ethnicity
• Women who delivered a baby weighing more than 4kg or were diagnosed with gestational diabetes
• High Blood pressure
• Conditions associated with insulin resistance: severe obesity, polycystic ovary syndrome
• History of heart disease or stroke

If you have any of the above symptoms or risk factors, book your appointment with Dr. Katia El Sibai.

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