Among some of the recent diabetes statistics revealed:
- Over 400,000 people in Singapore (aged 18 and older) have Type 2 diabetes
- The cost of managing diabetes among Singaporeans is over $1 billion a year
- By 2050, over a million people will have diabetes if this condition is left unchecked
- An average of 4 amputations a day are carried out in Singapore. Singapore has one of the highest rates of lower limb amputations due to diabetes in the world.
- Twenty-two percent (22%) of patients with lower limb amputations die within a year (based on a study of 2,170 subjects)
- Singapore has the second-highest proportion of diabetics among developed nations at 10.53% (Straits Times)
- 3 in 10 Singaporeans have diabetes before turning 40 (Channel News Asia)
- Obesity is the single largest contributor to developing Type 2 diabetes
- Smokers are 30% to 40% more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than non-smokers
- Younger diabetics in Singapore are more overweight and have higher rates of health complications than those diagnosed at a later age (Singapore General Hospital)
It’s no wonder that our Minister of Health Mr Gan Kim Yong has raised the issue in Parliament and will chair a new Diabetes Prevention and Care Taskforce to develop and implement a multi-year action plan for the war on diabetes.
How is diabetes treated?
Diabetes treatment and management can include:
- A healthy diet and physical activity program
- Weight loss (if overweight or obese)
- Medicines to control blood sugar by helping the body use insulin better
- Insulin taken by injections or by using an insulin pump
- Educating patients to have problem-solving and coping skills needed to manage diabetes and its complications
- Medicines to control cholesterol and blood pressure
- Regular check-ups including eye and foot check-ups
Preventing amputations once you have diabetes
Severe diabetes causes damage to nerves and blood vessels due to the high glucose levels in the blood. Neuropathy is one of the complications from diabetes that can lead to traumatic measures like amputation:
Diabetes can cause neuropathy as a result of high blood glucose levels damaging the small blood vessels which supply the nerves. This prevents essential nutrients reaching the nerves. The nerve fibres are then damaged or disappear. […]
Sensory neuropathy affects the nerves that carry messages of touch, temperature, pain and other sensations from the skin, bones and muscles to the brain. It mainly affects the nerves in the feet and the legs, but people can also develop this type of neuropathy in their arms and hands.
The main danger of sensory neuropathy for someone with diabetes is loss of feeling in the feet, especially if you don’t realise that this has happened. This is dangerous because you may not notice minor injuries […]
If ignored, minor injuries may develop into infections or ulcers. People with diabetes are more likely to be admitted to hospital with a foot ulcer than with any other diabetes complication.
How MediTherapie and BCR Therapie can help
Wound healing is slowed down in patients who are diabetic. The hardened arteries and narrowed blood vessels in a diabetic slows the rate of supply of oxygen and nutrients to a healing injury:
An elevated blood sugar level decreases the function of red blood cells that carry nutrients to the tissue. This lowers the efficiency of the white blood cells that fight infection. Without sufficient nutrients and oxygen, a wound heals slowly.
BCR Therapie, or Biological Cell Rejuvenation Therapie is a patented “cybernetic” treatment from Germany that is offered in selected places in Singapore. Painless and non-invasive, it works with micro-electricity to produce a replica energy closely resembling our body’s own energy. This is applied with sticky electrode pads to inflamed or degenerated areas of a patient’s body, boosting/normalising the energy in the tissue (ATP, or Adenosine triphosphate) for cells to regenerate at a much faster rate. Diabetics who face challenges with wound healing, particularly in their extremities, have been helped with BCR Therapie.
If you’d like a consultation with Medi Therapie or to try BCR Therapie for healing or beauty purposes, call 6883-2345 or use our Contact Form.