You hear about this disease almost every day whether in media, newspaper or magazines. Even your own doctor’s office is filled with informational pamphlets telling your about the symptoms of diabetes and why you should take preventative steps to avoid getting this disease.
Understanding the basics about diabetes can help you avoid coming down with this disease and, under most circumstances, you can avoid this.
Everyone knows the basics about diabetes; your body’s sugar level is too high. But exactly does that mean? When you look at the specific details behind this disease you learn that our bodies turn food into glucose. That our pancreas make the insulin that helps the glucose get into our cells. A person who is diabetic has a pancreas that does not make enough insulin, no insulin at all or can make insulin but our body does not use it efficiently. Because of this, when our body does not properly function, glucose builds up in our blood causing problems.
Okay, so your body is not making or producing insulin effectively. So what? Well, it is estimated that about 1 in every 20 Americans is diabetic and they do not know it. What makes knowing about diabetes so important? Well, diabetes can be controlled and in some instances avoided for many years if you manage your diet and exercise properly.
There are two different types of diabetes. They are easily named as type 1 and type 2. People with type 1 diabetes have a pancreas that makes little or no insulin and they should be taking daily injections of insulin to help their bodies. People with type 2 diabetes have a pancreas that makes insulin but the cells in their body do not use it properly. These people usually regulate their disease with pills.
Do you know of someone in your own family who has been diagnosed as being diabetic? If you do, you need to know that some people are born with a genetic tendency to be diabetic. Other people at risk include anyone over the age of 40, certain ethnic groups, and people who are overweight.
Check with your family doctor and work with them to help maintain your health. Getting your blood checked periodically to monitor the levels of sugar in body is essential. The earlier you diagnosis a problem, the easier it will be to help monitor and control. Complications that come hand-in-hand with being diabetic include high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, poor circulation, foot problems, eye problems, nerve damage and kidney disease.
Having diabetes is not a death sentence, but it is disease that should not ignored. Talk to your doctor and take care of yourself. You are your best friend when it comes to listening to your own body and for taking care of it.