Written by Dr.Albana Greca Sejdini, Md, MMedSc
Medically reviewed by Dr.Ruden Cakoni, MD, Endocrinologist
Many people do believe that they know everything about diabetes. The best way to test their self perception is trough a simple test of the knowledge on diabetes.
Recently, diabetes is one of the things in the world with great popularity. People speak openly about it. However, sometimes people confuse one thing with another, making their statements unreliable.
They think that they know something but they are terribly wrong. Many studies were carried out to get the data, necessary for the doctors.
The data on diabetes is so vast that even doctors make mistakes from time to time. However, people must know only the basic things for themselves. That way they could think of the disease, when they or their family members experience one or more of the symptoms.
Usually, during this diabetes test you will be asked series of questions (provided in the questionnaire) that you will have to answer them. They are made as simple as you won't get confused.
Probably, the first question will be something, like “What is diabetes mellitus ” and you will have several options to choose from. Read the answers carefully.
The simplest definition of diabetes mellitus would sound like this: ”This is an endocrine disorder, where the sugar can not be utilized by the body and the organism suffers from this fact”. Find the answer, which resembles most to the given definition.
Also, you will be asked “what the most common symptom of the disease is.” In most patients, the first symptoms of diabetes are thirst and/or unusual increased hunger.
The frequent urination is rather not noted by the patients because they do not think it is relevant. However, frequent urination is always present in the first signs of diabetes .
As you progress in the questionnaire (survey), questions will get more and more difficult to answer. For example, you could be asked “What does insulin do?” Yes, most probably you know that it is a hormone in the human body, but what’s the specific role of insulin in the development of diabetes.
Also, why doctors say that your body suffers from insufficiency of sugar, when you have increased levels of glucose in the blood? Are doctors wrong?
Insulin is the hormone, which puts the glucose in the cells. It allows the cells to utilize the sugar in the blood. When insulin is not present in the organism, cells can not get the glucose and they suffer from insufficiency of glucose.
The diet of diabetics is very specific, also. That’s why many tests may include questions about the diet. Diet is one of the key factors, which contribute to the betterment of the patient.
Testing your knowledge on diabetes and understanding your mistakes will allow you to identify the disease, when you notice the symptoms. Or, if you are a diabetic, it will help identify your mistakes for the sake of lowering your blood sugar levels and prevent severe complications onset.
REMEMBER: Do not think that is a "college" test to get promotion or fail. It is your helping guide in identifying the symptoms and mistakes for a better health and life.