Think You May Have Diabetes?
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not adequately control the amount of sugar in the bloodstream. As a result, the level of sugar in the blood is too high. This disease occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin or does not use it properly.
Recognizing a symptom or sign of diabetes is essential – diabetes can be life-threatening. Diabetes can be caused by too little insulin in the body or the inability to utilize insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas which regulates blood sugar levels. Over 15 million people in the US alone have diabetes.
The main types of diabetes are:
Type 1 diabetes (often called juvenile or insulin-dependent diabetes) – is a chronic (lifelong) disease that occurs when the pancreas produces too little insulin to regulate blood sugar levels appropriately.
Type 2 diabetes (often called adult or non-insulin-dependent diabetes) – is the most common form of diabetes. About 90 to 95 percent of people who have diabetes have type 2 diabetes. People with type 2 diabetes produce insulin, but either do not produce enough insulin or their bodies do not utilize the insulin made. Most of the people who have this type of diabetes are overweight.
Gestational Diabetes – is high blood glucose that develops during pregnancy in a woman.
How would you know if you might have diabetes?
The most common symptoms of diabetes include – fatigue, increased appetite, increased thirst, blurred vision, frequent urination, slow healing infections, and even impotence in adult males.
Exhibiting any of these signs does not necessarily mean you have diabetes, though. The best way to determine this is to visit your doctor and request a fasting blood glucose level test. Diabetes is diagnosed if this test shows the blood glucose level is higher than 126 mg/dl on two different tests.
There is no cure for diabetes, so what should one do if diagnosed with diabetes? The objectives are to keep your blood sugars stabilized as much as possible. By maintaining a balanced blood sugar level, you can eliminate any possibility of immediate or semi-immediate problems. In turn, you are prolonging one’s life.
Remember, life doesn’t stop because you have diabetes; it merely becomes more of a challenge. On the other hand, the good news is the cure for diabetes may not be that far off. Keep your blood sugars regulated, eat right, and exercise daily. Consult your physician to learn more about diabetes.
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