We all love sweet things. They are irresistible because they taste good and they make us happier. But, remember when our moms told us to stay away from sweets? She’s right not only because they will ruin our teeth but also we can get diabetes if we eat too much of them.
Diabetes, or diabetes mellitus, is a disease caused by high blood sugar that creates abnormalities to the metabolism. It’s also due to lack of insulin production by the pancreas or when the cells malfunction and don’t react to the insulin.
There are two major kinds of diabetes. They are called Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body failed to produce the right amount of insulin. Type 2 diabetes, on the other hand, happens when the cells rejects the insulin produced by the body which results to insulin deficiency. It is also the most common kind of diabetes. Insulin is the hormone responsible for converting sugar into energy. So if the body lacks insulin, the blood sugar will definitely rise up.
There is also a special kind of diabetes that only women can get it. It’s called Gestational diabetes. This kind of diabetes is caused by dramatic increase of blood glucose level during pregnancy.
Some common symptoms of diabetes are increased urination frequency, heavy thirst and insatiable hunger. Several other symptoms of diabetes are slow healing of wounds, skin rashes and vision defects.
In serious cases, diabetes can lead to nausea, abdominal pain and dehydration. It may even cause someone his perception of himself. It may also lead to complications like heart diseases and blindness.
People affected by Type 1 diabetes are ranging from the ages of 12 to 19. On the other hand, Type 2 diabetes usually affects people from the age of 45 or older. However, nowadays due to the world’s poor diet, the number of children and teenagers suffering from Type 2 diabetes is increasing.
Here’s the ugly truth. Diabetes is a chronic disease and it’s incurable as of now. However, people suffering with this disease can be saved through proper management. They must continually take a lot of oral medications to lower the blood sugar. Also, they must inject themselves with insulin shots regularly.
The best way to save the world from diabetes is through prevention. If you don’t want to suffer from this deadly disease here’s what you need to do. First, you must equip yourself with knowledge about diabetes. Know its causes so you can avoid them. Next is by working out regularly. Exercise doesn’t only make you healthier it also makes you look better. Lastly, maintain a healthy diet. Cut off your sugar intake because remember, too much of it can kill you.
Let me share this additional information about Diabetes from Dr. Willie T. Ong