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The Betachek Diabetes Test is a convenient new at-home screening test that detects abnormal blood sugar (glucose) levels that can be a sign of Diabetes or other health problems.
What is Diabetes?Diabetes is a condition, that affects the body's ability to make or use the hormone insulin, that works to regulate glucose levels.
Why do I need this test?
- Studies have shown approximately 50% of people with diabetes don’t know they have it. Untreated, diabetes can cause serious harm to the body.
- If diagnosed early and treated, the disease can be managed and the effects reduced and even reversed.
Could I have Diabetes?
- A diabetes epidemic is underway Source: W.H.O.(World Health Organization)
- Lifestyle factors such as unhealthy diets, obesity and lack of exercise are the main causes of diabetes.
There are several factors that can work to increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, these include:
- Over 45 years of age
- Overweight (BMI <25)
- Sedentary lifestyle
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart disease
- A family history of diabetes
- Being a member of a high-risk ethnic group (including: Asian, Indian, African, Aboriginal and Pacific Islander)
The more of these risk categories you fall into, the greater your chance of developing diabetes.
What are the Symptoms of Diabetes?It is common for people with diabetes to not display any recognisable symptoms. This is because they can develop slowly (or not at all) and be hard to recognise in the early stages. When further progressed, some of the common symptoms include:
- Excessive thirst or hunger
- Frequent urination
- Unexplained rapid weight loss
- Increased fatigue
- Blurred vision
- Slow healing wounds
The side effects of diabetes can be very severe and take a long time to develop before the patient realizes they are there. This is why regular screening for diabetes is important; if diagnosed early, often simple dietary and exercise measures can aid in reducing or preventing the side effects of diabetes. Some of the side effects of diabetes are:
- Heart disease
- Kidney failure
- Nerve damage (Leading to amputation of lower limbs)
- Blindness in adults
- Erectile dysfunction