What is diabetes?

Diabetes has turned into an increasingly common illness affecting  both men and women.
But do you really know what it is? How it’s caused? Or even why it happens? This article is meant to educate you on this very serious illness which requires a complete change of lifestyle.

Diabetes doesn’t discriminate. Men, women, and children are at risk of getting it, and chances are increased when someone in your family has it. Diabetes occurs when your body is unable to produce insulin naturally and it affects your blood glucose levels. Insulin is a hormone that is naturally created in your body and helps to regulate how your metabolism works as well as other body functions. There are three types of diabetes which can affect different people. Type 1, which is usually diagnosed in childhood or young adults. Type 2, which is most common and can lead to life-threatening complications if an individual is unaware they have it. And gestational diabetes, which is diagnosed during pregnancy and may cause complications for both the mother and child if not properly handled.

Like i mentioned, diabetes requires a change in lifestyle unless you want it to progress and do a lot of damage to your organs and body. Diabetes is such a dangerous illness that might sometimes require the amputation of a foot or even leg in very serious cases.

Diabetes symptoms vary between individuals. Some experience every symptom and others might get none. That’s why nutrition and physical activity is so important especially when diabetes is within your family. It also helps to speak with your physician and have tests done.

Symptoms range from numbing/tingling sensation in hands and feet, frequent urination, feeling very thirsty, tiredness, weight loss, reoccurring infections, blurry vision, a longer healing time for cuts and bruises… Sometimes symptoms are hardly noticed so if diabetes runs in your family, it’s a good idea to let your doctor be aware if you feel you might be at risk.

Diabetes can be helped and sometimes even prevented by taking good care of yourself. This includes getting physical activity to help maintain a healthy weight and getting proper nutrition. It’s a pretty scary disease that completely changes your life, but positive thinking and help from your loved ones definitely helps.

Being aware and educating yourself on this disease is the first step. For further information please visit http://www.diabetes.org/

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