Leading a healthy life after being diagnosed with diabetes depends on the type of treatment methods the affected person adopts, according to Dr Jothydev Kesavadev, diabetologist and the founder Chairman and Managing Director of Jothydev’s Diabetes Research Centre in Kerala.
He says that there are two ways of managing the diabetic condition. One is the comprehensive method, based on the guidelines of the International Diabetes Federation and the other is the minimal or limited treatment for the disease alone.
In the case of seeking minimal treatment, patients are likely to suffer diabetic-related ailments. While in a comprehensive method, life of diabetic patient would not be different from that any other person. They will not be afflicted by fatigue, sexual dysfunctions or any other serious illnesses triggered by diabetes, he says.
They will be able to travel, work and carry out all their responsibilities like any other normal individual. However, if signs of any of these conditions are detected, preventive measures can be adopted.
Dr Jothydev says that the subsequent life of a diabetes patient will depend on the type of treatment he or she chooses during the early stage of the illness and the lifestyle changes adopted.
There are hundreds of thousands of diabetic patients in Kerala who have been following comprehensive method have been living 40 to 50 years without developing any complications. They are models for others having the same condition, he says.