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Diabetes, a condition where there is a buildup of glucose in the blood, can occur in anyone. However, people who have a family history or any close relatives with the disease are more likely to develop it. Other risk factors include obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and physical inactivity. The risk of developing diabetes also increases as people grow older. People who are over 40 and overweight are more likely to develop diabetes, although the incidence of type 2 diabetes in the younger generation is growing. Also, people who develop diabetes while pregnant (a condition called gestational diabetes) are more likely to develop full-blown diabetes later in life.

You would be a diagnosed as a diabetic if your fasting blood glucose is of 126 mg/dl or more and/or your random /2 Hour post meal result is of 200 mg/dl or more.


When you are first diagnosed with diabetes, it is often overwhelming. There is so much you need to know and do. Often, the pills or insulin the doctor prescribes are the easiest part of the “self-management” regimen.


The self-care behaviors are healthy eating, being active, monitoring, taking medication, problem solving, reducing risks and healthy coping. Monitoring your blood sugar levels periodically and keeping them as normal a range as possible is the key. Why is this so important? Because poorly managed diabetes can lead to a host of long-term complications — among these are heart attacks, strokes, blindness, kidney failure, and blood vessel disease that may require an amputation, nerve damage, and impotence in men.