Don’t Sugar Coat it, Diabetes is a Silent Killer
Diabetes is a serious complex condition which can affect the entire body. Although, there is no cure for it yet, you can still live a fulfilling life by learning and managing the disease.
Diabetes is a disease that prevents your body from properly using the energy from the food you eat. Diabetes occurs in one of the following situations:
- The pancreas produces little insulin or no insulin at all. (Insulin is a naturally occurring hormone, produced by the beta cells of the pancreas, which helps the body use sugar for energy.)
- The pancreas makes insulin, but the insulin made does not work as it should. This condition is called insulin resistance.
Symptoms of Diabetes
Urinating frequently (particularly at night)
Feeling very thirsty
Feeling hungry frequently
Weight loss and loss of muscle bulk
Frequent episodes of thrush
Cuts or wounds that heal slowly
Types of Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes:
The immune system of body attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin. As no insulin is produced, glucose levels further increase, which can seriously damage the body’s organs. Type 1 diabetes is often known as insulin-dependent diabetes.
It usually develops before the age of 40, often during the teenage years. Type 1 diabetes is less common than type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes:
Type 2 diabetes is where the body does not produce enough insulin or the body’s cells do not respond to insulin. This is known as insulin resistance. Type 2 diabetes, and is far more common than type 1 diabetes.
Risk Factors for Diabetes Type 2
Obesity or being overweight
Impaired glucose tolerance
High blood pressure
Some women tend to experience high levels of blood glucose as during pregnancy due to reduced sensitivity of insulin receptors.
Management of Diabetes
Management of diabetes on a natural level is more than possible. Self-medication is dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. Some of the measures one can take to manage and reduce the risk of diabetes are mentioned below.
The following lifestyle measures are dependant on goal-setting, with a clear vision in mind diabetes can be controlled.
These goals help in keeping both short-term and long-term blood glucose levels within acceptable limits.