Diabetes is a chronic disease in which the body’s blood sugar processing is disrupted. It is characterised by high blood sugar levels, also known as high blood glucose levels in the body.1,2
In Malaysia, 1 in 5 adults has diabetes. That’s 3.9 million adults in Malaysia who have diabetes nationwide and 49% (3.7 million) who have not been diagnosed with the disease, according to a national survey report.3 This number is expected to rise to as many as 7 million Malaysian adults, posing a significant public health risk.3 Understanding diabetes and its prevention and management strategies are important to maintain good health.
There are several types of diabetes mellitus, including type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes.
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Blood sugar is the body's main source of energy, and it comes from the food we eat. After eating, the body breaks down the food into glucose (sugar) and releases it into the cells to provide them with the energy for the day. Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, is responsible for regulating blood sugar levels. It acts like a key that unlocks the insulin receptor (like a doorknob) so that the glucose channel (like a door) can open and sugar can be absorbed into the cell. It acts by,
These two processes operate in a constant loop cycle to prevent your blood glucose levels from dropping or rising to dangerous levels. However, in people with diabetes, this process does not work properly because insulin becomes ineffective or resistant (insulin resistance) for the following reasons:-
Diabetes symptoms result from high blood sugar levels (hyperglycaemia). Common symptoms are:-
If blood glucose levels remain uncontrolled, the long-term effects of high blood sugar levels can damage tissues and organs throughout the body including,
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The above image depicts the risk and complications progression of Type 2 diabetes
Diabetes is a progressive disease that gets progressively worse over the years and causes increasing complications. Although diabetes cannot be cured, the goal is to prevent the disease from worsening and getting worse. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious medical complications, but you can either prevent or manage it with medications, supplements, and lifestyle changes.
Medications often have unwanted side effects and can lead to organ damage. While it is an unavoidable form of treatment, Kordel’s range of diabetes supplements can help you reduce the unwanted effects of a medication while controlling and preventing some of the diabetes symptoms and complications depending on what stage of diabetes you are in.
Prediabetes is a term for people with blood glucose levels that are above the normal range but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes.5 It indicates a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes if left untreated.6 Doctors sometimes refer to prediabetes as impaired glucose tolerance (IGT).7 This condition has been shown to increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and even microvascular complications such as diabetic retinopathy (vision blindness) and neuropathy (nerve damage).6,7
Changing diet and reducing obesity are important steps to prevent prediabetes. But let's face it, these changes can be challenging. Fortunately, Kordel's supplements can help you begin your journey to healthier blood sugar levels. Here are some product suggestions and the benefits they offer.
At this stage, blood sugar levels remain abnormally high, leading to a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. Consistently high sugar levels in the blood, if not treated, can cause long-term damage to the body.
The goal is to prevent further increases in blood sugar levels and prevent possible complications at this stage. Some product suggestions at this stage would be,
At this stage, diabetics with long-term poor sugar control may experience vascular complications such as nerve pain or blurred vision. Constantly high glucose levels in the blood can damage the nervous system. The product recommended at this stage would be,
There is no cure for diabetes. Treatment of diabetes, including medication and lifestyle changes, is essential to prevent or delay long-term organ damage and complications. Many have also turned to nutritional supplements as more and more evidence shows promising results in preventing and treating diabetes and diabetes-related complications. Choose Kordel’s range of diabetes supplements today and see the differences for yourself!