October 8th, 2015

The significance of diabetes in the United States

Diabetes is a major health problem in the United States and the number of people being diagnosed with the condition is continuing to rise. At Thesis Technology we can help you to manage and care for your diabetes.

As I’m sure most of you know, diabetes is an inability to control blood glucose levels and is either caused by a lack of insulin (type 1) or the body failing to use insulin correctly (type 2). I don’t want to bore you so we’ll make this quick and painless. Insulin is a hormone which functions to allow the body’s cells to take in and use glucose for processes such as respiration. It is vital that your cells are able to use the glucose you consume correctly as high levels of glucose in the blood are very dangerous.

Currently, around 29.1 million people in the United States are suffering from diabetes. Most of these people have developed type 2 diabetes as type 1 only accounts for about 5% of all diagnosed cases. What’s more worrying is that 86 million people in the US have prediabetes and 9 out of 10 of these people aren’t aware of this! Without making significant lifestyle changes, 15-30% of these people will acquire type 2 diabetes within the next five years.

It is important to try as hard as you can to prevent developing diabetes as the condition can lead to serious health risks, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and amputations of the legs, feet or toes. From this, it is easy to understand why medical costs for diabetic patients are twice as high as they are for non-diabetic patients.

Although the majority of people who develop type 2 diabetes are adults, children are also being affected, with over 5,000 youngsters being diagnosed in 2008 and in 2009. In contrast, however, type 1 diabetes tends to have an earlier onset, which is demonstrated by the fact that over 18,000 young people were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2008 and in 2009.

The danger is that many people dismiss the early symptoms of diabetes as they can be fairly general and are rarely seen as fatal, e.g. frequent urination, increased thirst, feeling very tired and slow healing of cuts and wounds. This is why it’s important to be aware of these initial symptoms before diabetes causes the serious health problems that many people are ignorant of.

Unfortunately, there are no known ways to prevent the onset of type 1 diabetes. However, the risk factors for type 2 diabetes are being overweight, family history and having gestational diabetes during pregnancy.

Although it may require a lot of willpower, preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes is quite simple. Aim to eat a healthier diet, do more physical activity and in turn it is likely you will lose weight, which will decrease your risk of developing diabetes. If you already suffer from diabetes, you can still manage your condition through living a healthy lifestyle and working with a health professional.

Here at Thesis Technology, we offer a variety of products which provide support and care for diabetic patients. We recognize that one of the complications of diabetes is foot ulcers, swellings and infections and therefore we understand that you may have to wear leg bandages for months at a time. While this is a nuisance, you shouldn’t allow this to get in the way of your everyday life and make the simple task of having a bath or shower difficult. This is why we recommend the half leg LimbO which seals about 8cm above the knee. Although the fit of the seal is snug to prevent the entry of water, it has been specially designed to prevent reduction of blood flow and is therefore safe for diabetics with circulation problems. The purpose of the LimbO is to allow you to fully submerge your foot in the bath or shower as a convenient alternative to the hassle of strip washes, so feel free to relax! This LimbO is available to be purchased from our US website: www.limboproducts.com.

Additionally, we sell a range of diabetic products at our Thesis Shop on www.ebay.co.uk. Here we offer socks which are specially designed for diabetic patients who suffer from problems with their feet, an antibacterial shoe spray, an insulin case and the HypoWallet (contains emergency supplies of glucose). So don’t fret, because with all these handy products, managing diabetes can become a lot easier! For more information, contact info@limboproducts.co.uk - we’re happy to answer any of your questions.

2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/data/statistics/2014statisticsreport.html