Diabetes: Did You Know?

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  • The reason frequent urination is a symptom of diabetes is because the body is trying to get rid of excess blood sugar.
  • Diabetes has been around for a long time and the ancient Indians referred to it as ‘sweet urine disease’. Don’t worry, they didn’t actually taste the urine, they observed that ants were attracted to some people’s urine more than others.
  • Blood glucose levels tend to fluctuate more when you are fighting an illness. Because of this, it’s a good idea to check your glucose levels every 2-4 hours when you are sick.
  • Glycolated Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c) is a measure of your blood glucose control for the past few 3-4 months. Glucose is a very reactive molecule and it will bind to organs, blood vessels and even the hemoglobin (oxygen-carrying molecule) in the blood. A simple HbA1c blood test can paint a picture of long term glucose control by examining the degree of glucose bound to hemoglobin (i.e. hemoglobin glycolation).
  • November is Diabetes Month in Canada and World Diabetes Day- commemorated by a blue circle- is November 14th.
  • Diabetes is a worldwide epidemic and not just a problem in North America, so awareness also extends to advocacy for parts of the world where treatments are not readily available.