November 14th is the World Diabetes Day, where everybody is called to pay attention to diabetes risks. Clinic Pyramid specialists, during the Day of Diabetes, in the Central Market Root Pavilion, during the period from 14.00-17.00, will conduct free glucose tests, as well as advise on the necessary activities to reduce the risk of illness.
"You will also be able to take free cholesterol tests. Clinic Pyramid specialists have done 7,400 free cholesterol and glucose tests in general, the Riga City Council's Welfare Department project We are a healthy Riga! "says the organizers of the event.
35% of the clinic's Pyramid free glucose test showed an increased level of glucose, while cholesterol levels were elevated by 60% in free cholesterol test results, experts say.
"Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease, the main feature of which is an increase in the amount of sugar (glucose) in the blood. Glucose is one of the main sources of energy in the body. The whole body is affected by changes in blood glucose (sugar) levels. The most important risk factor for high blood glucose is the diagnosis of diabetes. Increased sugar levels have a negative effect on blood vessels, eyes, nervous system and kidney function. Then there is a tingling sensation, weight loss, frequent urination, thirst, visual disturbances, and bad wound healing. But low levels of sugar have a negative effect on the brain, and in this situation an energy crisis occurs; symptoms such as depression, memory and concentration skills appear, "says the medical representative.
In turn, elevated cholesterol in the bloodstream is one of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease, experts say.
They note that, according to the Center for Disease Prevention and Control, 70% of the population aged 25-74 have elevated cholesterol levels.
"When age-old blood tests, determine: total cholesterol (the norm is below 5 mmol / l); triglycerides; ABH (right cholesterol) is above 1.0 mmol / l; The rate of ZBH (bad cholesterol) is below 3.0 mmol / l. Cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood reflect the changes in fatty substances in the body. In its blood tests, the indication – plasma glucose – indicates blood sugar levels. Before eating (on an empty stomach), normal blood sugar is 3.3-6.0 mmol / l. "
Physicians say if blood tests show a non-compliance with blood glucose or cholesterol levels, it is imperative to apply for a GP who will make the necessary appointments to specialists and develop a suitable treatment program. Self-medication can even cause further damage to the body.
Cholesterol itself is very valuable to the body as it performs several essential functions at the cellular level. Cholesterol is a lipid or fat that is responsible for the formation of hormones, as well as it plays a role in the formation of cells in the cell and nerve cells. Cholesterol plays a very important role in the normal metabolism. Most cholesterol, even up to 90%, develops the body itself, but only about 10% is taken by food, experts note.
They emphasize that health problems arise in situations where the self-regulation process in the body is disturbed, it is overloaded. "With time, changes occur in the body, and too much is being developed for cholesterol, or its degradation is reduced. In order to avoid high blood cholesterol levels, you must adhere to two basic principles of healthy living: be physically active and eat healthy food. Physical activity can be moderate, but they should be regular and the menu should contain more vegetable oils, fish, vegetables. "