WORLD TB DAY 2023: Shocking Link Between Diabetes and Tuberculosis – 7 Expert Tips to Prevent and Treat TB

Hello, dear reader. I’m a renowned Diabetes Wellbeing Coach and Diabetes Reversal Expert, and today I want to talk to you about a very important topic that affects millions of people around the world: the link between diabetes and tuberculosis (TB).
Did you know that people with diabetes have a 2-3 times higher risk of TB than people without diabetes? 
And that diabetes can worsen the clinical course of TB, and TB can worsen glucose control in people with diabetes?
That’s right. 
Diabetes and TB are two diseases that are directly related to each other, and they can have devastating consequences for your health and well-being.
But don’t worry. There is hope. There are ways to prevent and treat both diseases, and to live a healthy and happy life.
In this article, I will share with you some shocking facts about the link between diabetes and TB, and some expert tips on how to prevent and treat TB if you have diabetes.
But first, let me tell you why this topic is so relevant today.
World TB Day 2023 Theme : Yes! We can end TB!
Every year, on March 24, we commemorate World TB Day. This is a day to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of TB, and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic.
The date marks the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacterium that causes TB, which opened the way towards diagnosing and curing this disease.
TB is one of the world’s deadliest infectious diseases. It is a bacterial infection that mainly affects the lungs, but it can also affect other parts of the body such as the kidneys, spine, and brain.
TB is spread from person to person through the air, typically when an infected person coughs or sneezes, releasing tiny droplets containing the bacteria into the air.
Symptoms of TB may include a persistent cough that lasts for more than three weeks, coughing up blood or sputum, fatigue, fever, night sweats, and weight loss.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2020, an estimated 10 million people fell ill with TB worldwide, and 1.4 million people died from it.2
That’s nearly 4000 people dying every day from a preventable and curable disease!
But there is good news. Since 2000, global efforts to combat TB have saved an estimated 63 million lives.2
And there is more good news. The theme of World TB Day 2023 is ‘Yes! We can end TB!’
This theme conveys a message of hope that getting back-on-track to turn the tide against the TB epidemic is possible through high-level leadership, increased investments, faster implementation of new WHO recommendations, adoption of Innovations factors. 
Do not skip doses or stop taking your medication without consulting your doctor. 
Completing your treatment is essential to cure TB and prevent drug resistance. 
If you have diabetes, you should also follow your doctor’s advice on how to manage your blood sugar levels, diet, exercise, and medication. 
Keeping your diabetes under control is vital to prevent TB and other complications. 
– Monitor your blood sugar and TB symptoms regularly. 
If you have both diabetes and TB, you should check your blood sugar levels and TB symptoms frequently. This will help you adjust your treatment if needed and detect any signs of worsening or improvement. 
You should also report any changes or concerns to your doctor promptly. Your doctor may need to modify your medication or dosage depending on your condition and response to treatment. 
– Eat a balanced and nutritious diet. 
Eating well is important for both diabetes and TB. You should eat a variety of foods that provide you with enough calories, protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to support your immune system and heal your body. 
You should avoid foods that are high in sugar, fat, salt, and processed ingredients that can raise your blood sugar levels and harm your health. You should also drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and flush out toxins from your body.  
– Exercise regularly and moderately. 
Physical activity is beneficial for both diabetes and TB. 
It can help you lower your blood sugar levels, improve your blood circulation, strengthen your muscles and bones, reduce your stress and depression, and enhance your overall well-being. 
You should aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week. You can choose any activity that you enjoy and that suits your fitness level, such as walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, or dancing. 
You should also consult your doctor before starting any exercise program and follow their guidance on how to exercise safely and effectively. 
– Quit smoking and avoid alcohol. 
Smoking and alcohol are harmful for both diabetes and TB. 
Smoking can damage your lungs, increase your risk of TB infection and disease, and interfere with your TB treatment. 
Alcohol can raise your blood sugar levels, worsen your diabetes complications, and interact with your TB medication. You should quit smoking and avoid alcohol as much as possible. 
If you need help to quit smoking or reduce your alcohol intake, you can seek professional help or join a support group. 
– Protect yourself and others from TB infection. TB is a contagious disease that can spread easily from person to person. 
You should take precautions to prevent yourself from getting infected or infecting others with TB. 
You should avoid close contact with people who have active TB disease or symptoms of TB until they are cured. 
You should also cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or a mask when you cough or sneeze, and dispose of the tissue or mask properly. You should also wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
You should also keep your environment clean and well-ventilated to reduce the risk of TB transmission.
Diabetes and TB are two diseases that are linked in a shocking way. They can affect each other negatively and cause serious health problems.
But there is hope. You can prevent and treat both diseases with proper care and support.
On this World TB Day 2023, let’s join the global movement to end TB.
Let’s raise awareness about the link between diabetes and TB.
Let’s follow the expert tips to prevent and treat TB if we have diabetes.
Let’s say yes! We can end TB!
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Stay healthy and happy! 😊
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