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Diabetes

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

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

Urinating frequently (particularly at night)

Feeling very thirsty

Feeling very thirsty

Feeling hungry frequently

Feeling hungry frequently

Weakness

Weakness

Weight loss and loss of muscle bulk

Weight loss and loss of muscle bulk

Frequent episodes of thrush

Frequent episodes of thrush

Cuts or wounds that heal slowly

Cuts or wounds that heal slowly

Blurred vision

Blurred vision

Types of Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes:

Type 1 DiabetsThe 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 Diabets 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

Obesity or being overweight

Impaired glucose tolerance

Impaired glucose tolerance

High blood pressure

High blood pressure

Cholesterol

Cholesterol

Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes

Sedentary lifestyle

Sedentary lifestyle

Family history

Family history

Age

Age

Gestational Diabetes:

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.

Lifestyle measures

The following lifestyle measures are dependant on goal-setting, with a clear vision in mind diabetes can be controlled.

Regular exercise

Regular exercise

Proper diet

Proper diet

No smoking

No smoking

No alchohol

No alchohol

These goals help in keeping both short-term and long-term blood glucose levels within acceptable limits.