About Diabetes: Are You At Risk?

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a disorder in which your body cannot adjust sugar. It happens if your body does not make insulin or cannot use it very well. Insulin is a hormone that manages how much sugar is in your blood. Blood sugar is also called “glucose.” A high blood sugar level can create problems in various parts of your body.

Diabetes cannot be healed, but it can be well maintained with diet, exercise, and medications. 


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Are there different types of diabetes?

There are two main types of diabetes — type 1 and type 2.

Type 1 diabetes

With type 1 diabetes, your body does not make enough insulin. Type 1 normally rises when you are a child or young adult, but it can happen at any age. Approximately 5 to 10 percent of all people with diabetes have type 1. It is treated with: 

  • Taking everyday insulin shots or using an insulin pump
  • Healthful eating
  • Physical activity

Type 2 diabetes

With type 2 diabetes, your body makes insulin but cannot utilize it well. Type 2 normally begins when you are over age 40, but it is becoming more popular in younger people. Many young people and children are improving type 2 nowadays. 

About 90 to 95 percent of people with diabetes have type 2. It is the most common type of diabetes. It is often connected with being overweight and tends to run in families.

Initially, type 2 diabetes may be managed with exercise, weight control, and a healthier diet. If these are not sufficient to manage blood sugar, pills or insulin may be needed.


Am I at risk for diabetes?

Anyone can get diabetes.

  • Overweight
  • Lazy (exercise less than three times a week)
  • African-American/Black, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, or Asian
  • Age 45 or older
  • Have a family history of diabetes
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have abnormal blood fats (cholesterol or triglycerides)

Any of these risk factors are things you cannot replace, like your ethnic background or age. But others are things you can change, like being overweight or having a lazy lifestyle.

What are the “warning signs” of diabetes?

Not everyone has notice signs. Diabetes is called a “silent infection” because numerous people do not have any. You may have some indication signs, or you may not. Some of the warning signs are:

  • Being very thirsty
  • Urinating often (especially at night)
  • Feeling very hungry or tired
  • Losing weight without trying
  • Having sores that heal slowly
  • Having dry, itchy skin
  • Losing the feeling in your feet.
  • Having blurry eyesight

How will I know if I have diabetes?

The best method to know if you have diabetes is to get examined for it. This is done with a normal blood test to check your blood sugar levels. If you are at risk for diabetes, talk to your Diabetologist. Ask to be tested for it. 


What can I do if I am at risk for diabetes?

  • Be physically active regularly
  • Lose weight, if you need to
  • Eat less fat
  • Manage your blood sugar, blood pressure, and blood fats under control
  • Get tested for diabetes

What if I already have diabetes?

Talk to us. we will work with you to create a treatment plan to manage your diabetes. Your treatment program may include diet, exercise, and medication. By managing your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol under control, you can stop or slow down other health problems caused by diabetes. Learn all you can and take an active role in your healthcare.

Where can I get more information?

The SARTHAK HEALTH CLINIC provides more information about diabetes. Call /what’s an app at our helpline number: 91 8828226607 or message us through our website https://www.ashutoshsonawane.com/


Causes of Weight Gain and Obesity

Causes of Weight Gain and Obesity

Junk Foods

The food you eat has the main influence on your body and can make you put on or lose weight very easily. By eating the incorrect food you will gain a lot of fat around the hips, stomach, and thighs area. Foods like chips, ice cream, sweets, cakes, breads, cookies, red unprocessed meats in burgers or steaks, and unprocessed meats found in bacon and salami can contribute to fat in the body rapidly. These food items are very high in calories, full of carbohydrates and lead to hip fat and Weight Gain, and Obesity.

Lack of Physical Activity –

When a body continues inactive all day long or sits in one place for most of the time, the fat derived from the food he/she eats starts getting accumulated as it fails to get converted into energy which the body can use. People who do not exercise, sit in front of the TV all day, or prefer sleeping in bed when doing nothing often complain that it took no time for them to increase weight and accumulate hip fat and fat around the stomach and thigh region along with other body parts.

Less Consumption of Water –

Another one of the common problems of fat is decreased consumption of water, allowing toxins and wastes to remain in the body for long resulting in weight gain and also help in the accumulation of fat. Drinking quantities of water every day helps to reduce toxins and wastes products thereby keeping your body weight low and fat at bay.

Menopause –

For women who are about to experience or are already experiencing menopause, weight gain is a natural phenomenon. As the body experiences various hormonal changes, a woman can gain weight and body fat, especially in the hip and belly region.

Medical Ailments –

People who suffer from medical ailments such as knee, ankle or back pain, Thyroid, Diabetes are unable to move around much and are confined to one place all day long are most likely to add hip fat. Such people should eat healthily and try to do some hand and leg exercises while sitting in place.

Sedentary Work –

A sedentary operator is a person who sits in one spot all day long to do his work and does not have much physical movement. People who have counter jobs be it of any kind which requires them to stay in one spot often accumulate a lot of fat in various parts of the body.

How do I know if I am obese?

Obesity can be measured using BMI.

BMI is measured by dividing body weight (kilograms) by height (metres) squared.


World Health Organisation BMI classification system for adults.

Dr. Ashutosh Sonawane is a Consultant Adult & Pediatric Endocrinologist & Diabetologist at SARTHAK HEALTH CLINIC Nashik.

Dr. Ashutosh Sonawane