Diabetes, Basic Facts for the beginner Diabetic.
Your Doctor has just told you that you are Diabetic, so now what are you going to do? Read this article and understand the basics of this disease called Diabetes.
Most people do not realize that over 8%, or around 29-million Americans, of all ages, have Diabetes, either Type-1 or Type-2.
And, sad to say one in four diabetics are walking around and don’t even know that they have this disease.
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What is Diabetes? The Simple Explanation
Simply put, diabetes is a disease, or actually a group of diseases where certain people have high Glucose levels that are caused directly by the body’s problems producing and using Insulin.
The scary thing about having long term, untreated Diabetes is that it can lead to serious health problems and even premature death for some people.
The major causes of Diabetes in people are; being Overweight, having a Family History of Diabetes, and Gestational Diabetes (having Diabetes when pregnant, which is usually a temporary condition).
you Type-1 or Type-2
The difference between the two types of Diabetes is significant. Type-1 Diabetes is the condition when the body does not produce enough Insulin.
On the other hand, Type-2 Diabetesis the condition when the body cannot utilize Insulin properly.
Many of the people with Type-2 diabetes will eventually progress to Type-1 simply because their disease will progress regardless of what they do to control it.
The major reason for people progressing to Type-1 diabetes from Type-2 is that, even though they know that they have diabetes, the person does not take the necessary steps with their body, diet and medications to insure they have kept their Blood Sugar level under control.
Diabetes – Facts you need to know
Glucose – When people talk about blood sugar levels, they are referring to the Glucose levels in the blood. Glucose is a type of sugar in a persons blood, derived from Carbohydrates, and the level of Glucose varies throughout the day depending on factors such as what is eaten and when along with levels of exercise.
The important thing to know is that organs of your body use glucose as their fuel to function properly. Too much Glucose and the body needs to store the excess, while too little Glucose makes the body convert body fat to Glucose as needed.
The transfer and management of Glucose levels is done by the Insulin in the blood.
Insulin– While Glucose is the fuel required for your body’s organs to function properly; Insulin is the chemical that helps the organs, including the brain, absorb the available glucose in the blood.
Insulin also keeps the blood vessels themselves healthy.
The Human Brain – The brain requires over twice the level of glucose than any other body organ, in order to function properly. If the body’s blood glucose level is either too low or too high, the brain will not function properly and the person will become confused or have trouble remembering things.
Inadequate levels of Insulin in the brain can lead to the buildup of unhealthy proteins in the brain which affects its overall function, and some brain cells can even become resistant to Insulin.
The buildup of these unhealthy proteins in the brain can cause a loss of memory, or even lead to Alzheimer’s disease.