Could You Have Diabetes And Not Know It?

Ever since Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke about diabetes at the recent National Day Rally, diabetes has become a health issue on just about everyone’s radar at the moment. 

At the rally, the Prime Minister also revealed that fighting the disease is a major policy goal for the government and urge Singaporeans everywhere to monitor their nutrition to prevent the onset of diabetes. 

However, before you dismiss diabetes as an illness that only the “fat” and “lazy” have, here are some things you need to know, there are two types of diabetes and obesity isn’t always linked to them.

Type 1 Diabetes:

Often diagnosed at childhood, type 1 diabetes isn’t normally associated with excess body weight and obesity. This type of diabetes is usually treated with insulin injections or pumps. 

Type 2 Diabetes:

People diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are usually over 30 years of age. It’s often associated with excess body weight but might not always be the cause. This type of diabetes is usually treated with medications but patients can sometimes come off of it. 

We recently spoke to Bibi Chia, the principal dietitian at Raffles Diabetes & Endocrine Centre to find out more about diabetes and whether white rice is truly all that evil. 

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