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What you need to know about Diabetes


Diabetes has been called a number of names and from my country Ghana, Some call it the Sugar disease, others say it’s the rich man’s disease. Well you can call it anything you want but one name is recognized medically and it is Diabetes.

There are millions of people living with diabetes worldwide and this makes it a pretty important condition to talk about.

Now what is Diabetes?

Well, diabetes is a disease that causes a rise in the blood sugar level. (In simple terms)

Types of Diabetes 

There are 3 types of Diabetes out there but let’s begin with Type 1 Diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes : This type of diabetes is also called the juvenile diabetes. With this type of diabetes, the organ in the body called pancreas whose job is to produce a hormone called insulin is unable to do so.  This insulin is the hormone that is supposed to control sugar in the blood. But because the pancreas is unable to produce it, the Sugar in the blood is piled up an causes high blood sugar level.

People living with Type 1 diabetes take insulin injections every day. It is because the body is deficient of insulin.

Type 1 diabetes is most often diagnosed in younger people.

Causes

There is no known preventable cause for type 1 diabetes.

Symptoms of Type 1 diabetes

  • Frequent urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • A constant feeling of hunger
  • Weight loss
  • Vision Changes
  • Fatigue

Type 2 Diabetes

This is the most common type. 8 out of 10 people living with diabetes have type 2.

Unlike the Type 1, type 2 diabetes is greatly caused by excess body weight and inactivity.

It takes longer for type 2 diabetes to be noticed without blood glucose monitoring.

Diagnosis

A simple blood sugar testing can be used to identify diabetes or risk of diabetes  in a person.

Treatment

Since it cannot be cured, diabetes can only be managed. You can do so by

  • Keeping your blood sugar under control
  • Monitoring your blood pressure
  • Maintaining good foot care
  • Periodic eye screening is needed to prevent vision loss
  • Blood lipid control

Diabetes cannot be cured but it can be managed for you to live a great life!

Make health monitoring a lifestyle, it can save your life.

Contact Raising Health for your health screening needs. We provide comfort, quality, affordability and easy access right at your doorstep.

Call : 0244050763

Email: info@raisinghealthco.com

 

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15 Patient’s rights you never knew you had in Ghana.

The ignorance of most Ghanaian patients is something that lots of stakeholders benefit from with the exception of the patient who bears the disadvantage. From the government heads to the hospital heads, the doctors, nurses, pharmacists, midwives, medical laboratory scientists, and all other working professionals and auxiliaries in our health facilities across the nation. Because the patient doesn’t know their right, they are more often than not given any kind of care. But learning your right as a patient can not only arm you to demand the right care, but also put others on their toes to deliver the best care.

THE PATIENT’S RIGHTS

As a patient;

  1. You have a  right to quality basic health care regardless  of your geographical location ( it is your right, do not let anyone make you feel like they are doing you a favour).
  2. You are entitled to full information on your condition and its management and the possible risks involved except in emergency situations when you are unable to make a decision and the need for treatment is urgent. (As a patient, always ask questions. If the nurses and doctors are not telling you, you have the right to ask. So ask and be informed about your own health. Never leave the hospital not knowing what you are suffering from, what caused it, how to prevent and manage it).
  3. You have the right to know of alternative treatment(s) and other health care providers within the Service if these may contribute to improved outcomes.
  4. You have  the right to know the identity of all your caregivers and other persons who may handle you  including students, trainees and ancillary workers .
  5. You have the right to consent or decline to participate in a proposed research study involving you after a full explanation has been given. The patient may withdraw at any stage of the research project.
  6. If you decline to participate in or withdraw from a research project, you are still entitled to the most effective care available.
  7. As a patient you have the right to privacy during consultation, examination and treatment.
  8. In cases where it is necessary to use the patient or his/her case notes for teaching and conferences, the consent of the patient must be sought.
  9. You are entitled to confidentiality of information obtained about you and such information shall not be disclosed to a third-party without your consent or the person entitled to act on your behalf except where such information is required by law or is in the public interest.
  10. You are entitled to all relevant information regarding policies and regulation of the health facilities that you attended.
  11. Procedures for complaints, disputes and conflict resolution shall be explained to patients or their accredited representatives.
  12. Hospital charges, mode of payments and all forms of anticipated expenditure shall be explained to the patient prior to treatment.
  13. In case of any exemption facilities, they shall be made known to the patient.
  14. As a  patient you are entitled to personal safety and reasonable security of property within the confines of the Institution ( As a patient in a hospital, it is the duty of the hospital to protect you from any kind of harm. If the hospital fails to do so, you have the right to demand for it or in severe cases, take legal action against them).
  15.  You (patient) have the right to a second medical opinion if you so desire. (This means if you are not comfortable, convinced or satisfied with the care and options you are being given by a particular doctor or hospital, you can ask or choose to seek another opinion).

 

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Tetanus does not prevent rabies

Management of dog bite has been done wrong in most health facilities in Ghana.

Victims of dog bite have been given only Tetanus injections in the hospitals and clinics by “health professionals ” qualified and unqualified as treatment of dog bite.

This wrong practice has led to the death of many Ghanaians who believed they had received the needed care because they had visited the hospital.

Tetanus does not prevent rabies after a bite from a rabid dog.

Anti-rabies prophylaxis for humans is what is given to prevent Rabies.

Health professionals need training on the management of dog bite to prevent patients from getting rabies.

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Welcome to a new month!

What unhealthy habit do you wish to change?

Do you find yours here?

  • Eating late at night
  • Skipping breakfast
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Drinking less water daily
  • Taking carbonated drinks with every meal
  • Not Getting Enough Exercise
  • Not getting enough sleep
  • Not washing your hands with soap and water
  • Smoking
  • Eating too much  junk food

If your bad habit is not here, just comment and post yours.

Let’s promise September a healthy change of habit.

What is your promise?

Make a promise, live healthy.

Example :

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Welcome to a new month!

28th September is world rabies day.

The theme for this year’s rabies awareness is “Share the message; save a life”

Rabies is real

Rabies is 100% preventable

Vaccinate your dogs against rabies

Protect your children from playing with stray dogs

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