Battling With Diabetics

Diabetes: What is it?

 Diabetes mellitus or simply diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, is a condition that is characterized by high glucose levels in the body as the body fails to produce or use insulin.

There are three types of diabetes – Type 1, Type 2 and gestational.  Type 1 diabetes or that which is formerly known as juvenile diabetes is found in childhood age or in the adolescent age. In type 1 diabetes, the body fails to produce insulin.  Type 2 diabetes or ‘adult onset diabetes’ is diagnosed. Millions of people all over the world suffer from type 2 diabetes and don’t even know it. In type 2 diabetes,   either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore them insulin.

Insulin – the bad boy of trouble

Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. Gestational diabetes does not necessarily mean that you had diabetes prior to your pregnancy or that you will have diabetes after. It is developed at about the 24th week which makes it important to follow closely what your doctor recommends so that you can continue to bring your baby to term.

Having diabetes is not a death sentence. There are several ways of managing diabetes so that it does not interfere with normal, everyday life. One only has to work closely with one’s doctor to be able to live at the most normal possible way, after diabetes diagnosis.

Prevention of Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the easiest conditions to test for. A simple finger-prick test can determine your blood sugar levels and decide if you are at high risk for diabetes. A more comprehensive test is available if you suspect that you are predisposed to diabetes. Genetics also plays a major role in diabetes. A large number of people with diabetes are genetically predisposed so it is safe to say that their diabetes is hereditary.  But even if it is hereditary, diet, exercise, weight management and a healthy attitude in life may postpone or even prevent the occurrence of diabetes.

Age, race and gender as well as family history are factors in having diabetes. African Americans, Pacific Islanders, Mexican Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians are at higher risk of having diabetes.  This is due to the fact that they tend to be more overweight and their diets include high amounts of fat and sugar.

Several items in one’s health should be monitored as part of your efforts to prevent diabetes and other illnesses; weight, physical activity, diet, cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood glucose, gestation and smoking. All these may sound overwhelming but all you have to do really is to take small steps in improving your overall health. The younger you start on the course to healthy living the more chances of staying healthier, longer you have.

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