Diabetes

According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 21 million Americans have diabetes (the disease in which blood sugar levels are too high). Type 1 Diabetes results from the body not producing insulin, a hormone that helps the glucose or sugar get into the body’s cells for energy. Type 2 Diabetes is the most common type in which the body does not make enough insulin and does not properly use it. The glucose or sugar ends up staying in the blood, which eventually may damage the eyes, kidneys and even nerves. Diabetes may also cause heart disease or stroke. Gestational diabetes affects only pregnant women. And lastly, pre-diabetes is the condition in which a person’s blood sugar levels are high, but not enough to categorize for type 2 diabetes.

Possible Symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Thirst
  • Weight loss
  • Blurred vision
  • Frequent urination

It is important to remember that some people may not have any symptoms at all, and only a blood test may show if diabetes is present. Diabetes is a genetic disease; it is possible you may be at risk if your family members are sufferers. To find out for sure, as well as establish a consistent and healthy meal plan, exercise routine, and weight control, it is important to see our physicians.

For more information on Diabetes, see the following websites:

American Diabetes Association provides plethora of information, latest news, diet tips and much more.

National Diabetes Education website describes what is diabetes, its possible prevention and control.

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse-discusses type of diabetes, children and diabetes, pregnancy and diabetes.

Diabetes.org offers a self-online test to see if you may be in risk of developing diabetes.

Medlineplus.com offers a comprehensive overview of diabetes.

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