diabitiesDiabetes is a health condition that occurs when sugar rises in the blood as a result of the deficiency in the insulin hormone or the resistance of the body cells leading to the accumulation of glucose in the blood.

Here are five must-know facts about it:

5% increase in Type 1 diabetes among children: Cases of Type 1 diabetes among children have risen from one per cent to around five per cent in the last couple of years, doctors said on Sunday.According to doctors more than 3,000 children are affected by type 1 diabetes, compared with about 600 around 20 years ago.

Diabetes and heart disease a deadly combination: People with Type 2 diabetes who are admitted into the hospital for congestive heart failure face a one in four chance of dying over the next 18 months, a global study has warned. The findings paint a much grimmer picture of the outcome for diabetes patients with severe heart disease. “Type 2 diabetes accompanied by an acute coronary syndrome needs much more attention, especially in order to prevent yet another major cardiac event,” said main investigator William.B.White from University of Connecticut Health Centre (UConn Health).

Diabetics should avoid fasting: Diabetics while fasting can either face hypoglycemia — a sudden fall in blood sugar levels — which can cause seizures and unconsciousness or hyperglycemia — increase in blood sugar — which may cause blurry vision, headaches, increased fatigue and thirst.

Pune medico gets top US diabetes honour: Top diabetes specialist Shashank S. Shah has been conferred with the American Diabetes Association’s “Vivian Fonseca Scholar Award 2016″ for his pioneering research on the disease in South Asia.

Tight diabetes control can help you ward off blindness: A recent study has claimed that You can protect your vision from the effects of diabetes by intensively controlling your blood sugar level.

(With IANS Inputs)