Diabetes is an insidious condition afflicting 21 million Americans. And half of them don't yet know they have it! When you think on a global scale, and consider all of the "Third World" and "Emerging" countries (whose healthcare systems are poor to non-existent) the number of diabetics is staggering!
The latest statistical estimates indicate there are approximately 194 million people diagnosed with diabetes worldwide.
But, with early detection diabetes is manageable, allowing those afflicted to live long and fruitful lives. Although no cure for diabetes exists, proper treatment can control the disease and prevent complications.
Once identified as having diabetes, a person should immediately:
This disease, generally speaking, is characterized by great thirst, increase of urine and being overweight. There can be a general weariness (fatigue), reduced sexual drive, weight loss, vision impairment, itching, neuropathy and numbness in the extremities. Also, there are a number of other complications resulting from a lowering of resistance.
Glucose and Diabetes
Types of Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes, formerly called juvenile diabetes, is usually first diagnosed in children, teenagers, or young adults. In this form of diabetes, the beta cells of the pancreas no longer make insulin because the body's immune system has attacked and destroyed them.
Type 2 diabetes, formerly called adult-onset diabetes, is the most common form. People can develop it at any age, even during childhood. This form of diabetes usually begins with insulin resistance, a condition in which muscle, liver, and fat cells do not use insulin properly. At first, the pancreas keeps up with the added demand by producing more insulin. In time, however, it loses the ability to secrete enough insulin in response to meals.
Gestational diabetes develops in some women during the late stages of pregnancy. Although this form of diabetes usually goes away after the baby is born, a woman who has had it is more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life. Gestational diabetes is caused by the hormones of pregnancy or by a shortage of insulin.
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