Diabetes

Diabetes is a group of diseases during which high blood sugar develops, either because of the body not producing any or enough insulin or because the cells aren’t responding to the insulin that is being produced.

The three main effects of the high blood sugar are the need to pass urine frequently, a higher thirst, and an increased hunger.

It is estimated that 346 million people have type 2 diabetes worldwide. Type 1 diabetes is sudden in effect, and mainly affects young children, whereas type 2 diabetes generally occurs gradually, mainly in obese adults.

Different types of diabetes

The two main types of diabetes are type 1 and type 2, of which the main difference is that type 1 is insulin deficiency whereas type 2 is insulin resistance.

Gestational diabetes is similar to type 2, and occurs in roughly 2-5% of all pregnancies. It is able to be treated, but about 20-50% of anyone affected go on to develop type 2 diabetes later in life. This may have some slight effect on the fetus, with higher birth weights, congenital cardiac disorders and anomalies with the central nervous system, and in some cases issues with the skeletal muscle formation.

People may also get pre-diabetes which is when the glucose levels are high but not high enough for a type 2 diagnosis.

Latent autoimmune diabetes of adults is type 1 diabetes in adults, and often gives a misdiagnosis of type 2 due to their age.

Symptoms of diabetes

Diabetes has signs and symptoms that affect all parts of the body including eyesight which may become blurry, breath that smells of acetone, gastric complications such as nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain, respiratory issues such as hyperventilation, lethargy, high thirst, larger appetites and the need to pass urine more frequently.

Type 1 diabetes is often accompanied by weight loss. Type 1 will have a quicker onset of symptoms, with type 2 having a slower time span, causing them to only be picked up during a medical examination.

Preventing and treatment of diabetes

Preventing diabetes is often only referred to when talking about type 2 diabetes, as this is more often brought about by lifestyle choices as opposed to being predisposed to it.

The best way to avoid getting diabetes is to keep weight at a reasonable level, control blood pressure and cholesterol levels, exercising, not smoking, and reducing alcohol intake.

Certain food groups should be kept to a reasonable level, such as saturated fat, simple carbohydrates, sugars and salt.

Medications can be prescribed in order to lower the chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

Conclusion

Diabetes can affect both young and old, although type 2 diabetes is much easier to avoid and potentially control. A good healthy diet, and exercise routine should help avoid getting type 2 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is more genetic in nature and therefore much more difficult to avoid getting. The most important part of living with diabetes is getting it under control and learning how to adapt your lifestyle.

There have been many circumstances of people recovering from diabetes and living without complications. The risk of not getting a quick diagnosis and a good treatment plan in effect is a potentially life threatening coma.

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