Can People with Diabetes be Fully Cured?

The World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that about 442 million people suffer from diabetes. Many often wonder if people with diabetes can get cured completely. Rasy Risfahani, M.D. from Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)’s Humanity Medical Services gives answers to this important question.

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Rasy Risfahani, M.D. from ACT’s Humanity Medical Services. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, JAKARTA – Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorders characterized by increased blood sugar levels. The World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that about 442 million people suffer from diabetes. Three out of four people with diabetes live in developing countries, and 1.5 million people die every year from this disease.

Rasy Risfhahani, M.D. from Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)'s Humanity Medical Services gave a detailed explanation about diabetes:

Types of Diabetes

·         Type 1 diabetes

Rasy said, type 1 diabetes commonly occurs in children and adolescents. This type of diabetes is caused by the condition of the body that produces a little insulin (a hormone that functions to control blood sugar) or does not produce insulin at all.

·         Type 2 diabetes

Meanwhile, type 2 diabetes is more common in adults and it is caused when the body is resistant to insulin and does not properly respond to insulin so blood glucose levels continue to increase.

·         Gestational diabetes

In contrast to type 1 and 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes can occur in pregnant women and only lasts during pregnancy. It commonly occurs in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy.

Symptoms and risk factors for diabetes

To ACTNews, Rasy explained, the symptoms experienced by a person with type 1 and 2 diabetes include excessive thirst, dry mouth, frequent urination, fatigue, prolonged wound healing, repeated skin infections, blurred vision, and tingling or numbness in the hands and feet.

The risk factors of diabetes are a family history of diabetes, excess body weight, unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, high blood pressure (hypertension), and high fat in blood (dyslipidemia).

Can diabetes be completely cured?

Rasy emphasized that if a person has diabetes, they cannot recover completely. However, they can take some measures to control their blood sugar level, including:

1.      Diet. People with diabetes need to adjust their eating pattern, including the schedule, food type, and amount of calorie that needs to be taken especially when someone is already taking drugs that can increase insulin or undergoing insulin therapy.

2.      Physical activities. It is important that people with diabetes exercise regularly for at least three times 30 minutes a week with a break between exercises no more than 2 days in a row. Exercise that can be done include running, brisk walking, cycling, and swimming.

3.      Medications. When suffering from diabetes, one must take medications and monitor their blood sugar levels regularly every 6 months.

Beware of complications of diabetes

Rasy revealed, diabetes can cause serious complications to all organs in the body that result in various types of diseases, namely stroke, heart disease, kidney disorders, nerve damage, decreased vision, digestive disorders, impotence, skin disorders, and soft tissue inflammation. around the teeth (gingivitis). []