It is a chronic disorder related to insulin production in the body. People suffering from diabetes cannot properly produce insulin. Insulin is vital because it allows glucose to enter the cells of the body. Every cell in the body requires glucose in order to function properly. When glucose is unable to enter cells in the body because it lacks the necessary insulin and the D is the cause.
D is broken down into two types. Type 1-Diabetes is also called juvenile diabetes or insulin dependent diabetes. type-II Diabetes is commonly referred to as adult onset.
Type 1-Diabetes is a disease that begins in early childhood or infancy. A person afflicted with Type 1-Diabetes has a great lack of insulin in their body and needs to take insulin via a needle every day in order to regulate their glucose levels.
Type-II-Diabetes is a disease that begins in adults. A person who develops type-II Diabetes is most likely overweight to obese and over age 40. type-II Diabetics have above average levels of glucose in their bloodstream.type-II Diabetes can be treated with prescription medications, diet and exercise. Oftentimes a person diagnosed with type-II Diabetes can lose weight and their glucose level will return to normal limits.
Diabetes left unchecked or out of control has life threatening consequences because Diabetes affects every organ and system in the body.
Symptoms of Diabetes include abnormal thirst, abnormal urination, lethargy, dizziness, fatigue, irritability, headache and a general feeling of unwell.
There are long term complications associated with Diabetes such as loss of eyesight and vision problems, serious kidney disease including kidney failure, heart disease, circulatory problems, neuropathy or problems associated with the nerves. Diabetes also complicates pregnancy.
You doctor will help you shape your lifestyle to living with Diabetes. Good medical care and monitoring is required.
Careful foot care is essential to Diabetics because of circulatory issues.
What can you do on your own to help treat Diabetes?
Take all medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
Exercise. Exercise is important to overall good health. Exercise will aid in weight loss and possibly improve Diabetes symptoms and medication dependency.
Limit carbohydrates and sugars in your diet. Develop a healthy style of eating to lose weight and improve your Diabetic condition. Work with a nutritionist for best results.
Eat foods rich in fiber and high in vitamin, minerals and antioxidants.
Onions and garlic aid in controlling blood sugar levels. Add them to your diet.
Do not drink alcohol. Alcohol cause blood sugars to increase and decrease very quickly which can cause a severe Diabetic reaction.
Limit or eliminate caffeine. Caffeine causes the body to release excess insulin which then causes a decrease in glucose or more commonly known as low blood sugar.
Drink mineral water. The minerals are important to the overall help of a Diabetic.
Take a good quality multivitamin.
Some vitamins and supplements to consider and discuss with your doctor:
Careful self monitoring of your blood sugar levels is vital when you are a Diabetic.