A Small Poke Can Save Your Life…

A Small Poke Can Save Your Life…

When you have witnessed your fair share of the complications posed by the silent disease known as Diabetes, you do everything possible to avoid it. What you need to know about Diabetes in a nutshell…

There are two types of Diabetes. Type 1 and Type 2,

If you look it up different sites will define diabetes differently. One may say a disease of the pancreas or others say a disease where there is too much sugar in the blood. All of these are true, your pancreas makes insulin which helps regulate sugar levels in the blood – too much or too little sugar and the results can be dangerous. In people with type 1 diabetes, the immune system attracts and destroys the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas. Therefor the body is unable to produce insulin. Often it is diagnosed at a young age or it can progress over time. These patients will be insulin dependent there whole life as of now there is no cure yet. – Where as type 2 means your body has an insulin resistants’.  many times due to several lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise, weight and/or genetics. In most case type 2 diabetes can be controlled and or reversed by diet and exercise.

Left untreated diabetes can be a scary and debilitating disease.

With too much sugar in the blood the tiny vessels in the feet, kidneys, eyes etc. are the first harmed. These effects are often seen over time and can result in loss of vision, possible amputation as well as the shutting down of various organs and complications from poor circulation. For example an infection or wound that just won’t heal leads to a possible foot amputation. Diabetes itself is not the cause of these such complications but the lack of treatment of ones sugar levels can create a domino effect leading to bigger issues.

What to do now that you are aware…

So yes diet and exercise are always a recommendation. Know the symptoms of diabetes, excessive thirst, frequent urination etc. And know your numbers. Don’t hesitate to ask your doctor to run your A1C; this is a blood test that gives a long term picture of how your body is managing sugar levels.  Early detection is key.

 

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