An Introduction to Diabetes

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For those of you who don’t know what diabetes is, anything about its symptoms, as well as the treatments available, the first thing to understand that diabetes is actually a disorder rather than a disease.

This has implications that will be discussed in detail later.

Diabetes appears as a result of high blood sugar level. The disorder manifests when the pancreas stops producing enough insulin, hindering the effectiveness of the role insulin plays inside the body system. The causes that generate this condition are triggered by factors such as lack of exercise, obesity as well as stress, along with heredity factor.

When this disorder starts emerging, there are situations when it doesn’t present any symptoms at all, but when they appear they come as follows: the need to urinate frequently, excess in feeling thirsty, weakness, wounds that heal very slow, and abnormal weight loss.

One can diagnose the presence of diabetes by running a simple blood test to check the level of sugar. The standard measuring unit is in mg/dl and if the blood analysis read 126 mg/dl or even higher it means that the diabetes is present. When the test indicates a level between 100 and 125 mg/dl, then the diagnosis will be of a Type II pre-diabetes.

You should know that blood sugar level typically ranges as it follows:

  • Randomly taken – between 70 and 125 mg/dl
  • 2 hours after eating – between 70 and 145 mg/dl
  • Fasting glucose level – between 70 and 99 mg/dl

Let’s look at the most common two of the five or so types of diabetes:

Type I diabetes is known as juvenile diabetes or an insulin dependant type. This manifests mostly furring childhood and teenage period.
Type II diabetes is the non-insulin dependent and it is the most commonly met form of diabetes
Gestational diabetes – manifests in pregnant women and it normally disappears when the pregnancy ends. But later these women can develop this form into Type II diabetes.

The effects are damaging for the body because this disorder can lead to decrease the body’s ability to fight various infections, since nerves and body vessels are damaged. More than this, the disorder can lead to stroke, blindness, amputation, kidney failure and nerve damage.

Once any of the symptoms or several of them are observed, there is the need to consult a doctor and in accordance to the type of diabetes found, the patient will be recommended a treatment. The natural diet along with exercising can help the person suffering from diabetes to stay in good shape. A life without stress is the most recommended and in this respect practicing yoga can be a natural mean to preserve the good health of mind and spirit.

Bottom line: diabetes is a disorder that is complex, but it is only up to the patient to keep it under control by running a healthy and balanced life. Periodically the blood sugar should be checked by a doctor and thus knowing where you stand and what to do further for not leading to further severe complications.