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by the team at Speedoc, June 23, 2020

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition that causes high blood sugar levels due to the body’s decreased sensitivity to insulin, which causes glucose to move from the bloodstream into the body’s tissues. Food, such as carbohydrates, contain glucose that serves as the main source of energy for our bodies. Insulin – a hormone that keeps the blood sugar level balanced – is secreted to aid in moving glucose into cells, where the glucose can be stored or broken down to produce energy. 

Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes, where the body is unable to effectively use insulin to move glucose into the cells to be converted into energy. Over time, the body builds up a resistance to insulin, and insulin production might also decrease. The onset of type 2 diabetes can be avoided with proper diet and exercise. 

How common is diabetes in Singapore?

8.6% of Singaporeans were diagnosed with diabetes in 2017, and this percentage is forecasted to increase to 15%, which translates to 1 million people, in 2050. Diabetes was the 10th largest cause of death in Singapore in 2018, accounting for 1.3% of all deaths that year. People aged 40 years and above are at greatest risk, and other factors like obesity, low activity levels, and family history could also increase your risk of developing diabetes.

Screening for diabetes

You can get tested for diabetes with a blood test at a clinic or hospital. The 2 common blood tests are the random blood sugar test, where a blood sample is taken at a random time of the day, and the fasting blood glucose test, where a blood sample is taken after fasting overnight. We have also begun to use Hba1c on our diabetes screening to aid in the diagnosis and monitoring of diabetes. 

Speak to your doctor or get in touch with us to schedule a blood glucose test.

Treatments for diabetes

The management of type 2 diabetics varies depending on the individual. Some may only need to adopt a more healthy lifestyle and diet without having to take medication, while others may require medication to manage their condition. In more severe cases, insulin that will have to be injected may be prescribed.

Person injecting insulin at the abdomen

What is needed to manage diabetes well?

Well-managed diabetes will reduce the risk of complications and rising healthcare costs. As a diabetic, here are the things you need to do to manage your condition optimally:

Infographic of what is needed to manage diabetes well

What happens if diabetes is not managed well?

If not well-managed, diabetes could increase your risk of multiple complications, including heart disease, stroke, kidney issues, nerve issues and more.

Our Speedoc doctors have seen patients with a combination of various complications, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and even diabetic neuropathy, as a result of uncontrolled diabetes. Diabetic neuropathy is a serious condition that affects up to 50% of diabetics, and often causes nerve damage in the feet and legs. 

Close up of person using a blood glucose meter

Sign up for Speedoc’s Chronic Disease Home Management (CDHM)™ Package and let us help you with diabetes management

Speedoc is here to help by optimally managing your diabetes for you right from the comfort of your home. We have blood tests to look for early complications, as well as lab tests and medication reminders. We also provide recommended adult vaccination schedules specific to diabetics that can protect you and your loved ones further!

Sign up for Speedoc’s Chronic Disease Home Management (CDHM)™ Package and let our team do the work for you. Plus, you get 8 additional teleconsultations included in the package that can be used by any family member, for any condition.

Unsure about whether our diabetes home management package is suitable for you? Drop us a call or WhatsApp message at our hotline +65 81808948, or email us at contact@speedoc.com and we will get back to you within 2 working days.

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