Do you have the urge to go to the washroom more often than usual? Do you feel thirsty, fatigued and blurred vision? These are the tell tale signs of diabetes. Diabetes is having a high level of sugar in the blood as a result of not enough secretion or insulin resistance. There are mainly two different types of diabetes that are similar in their elevated blood sugar but different in many ways.
Type 1 Diabetes: This is caused by the Pancreas inability to produce insulin. It is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. The symptoms of Type 1 diabetes are quite obvious, frequent urination, increased thirst, weight loss, irritability and other mood changes, fatigue and weakness, blurred vision and extreme hunger.
In addition, having Type 1 diabetes increases your risk for many serious complications, kidney disease, nerve damage, blindness, heart disease and cuts and bruises that are slow to heal.
Treatment for Type 1 disease can be managed with intermediate or long-acting insulin. There are also safe and herbal alternatives available to deal with this disease.
Type 2 Diabetes: This is usually developed in men and women over the age of 40. The main reason could be obesity and lack of physical activity. In this type – the Pancreas still produces insulin, however, the body cannot use it efficiently. Pear shape people with a lot of fat around their abdomen are at greater risk of developing diabetes.
Type 2 can start at an early age if you are overweight, sedentary, affected by high blood pressure, from a family with a history of Type 2 diabetes and from an ethnic background that has a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes (African-Caribbean or Asian).
Higher sugar levels can also cause rapid weight loss (10 – 20 lbs) over two or three months.
With diabetes, the kidneys are also working overtime to eliminate the excess sugar and this lead to a loss of calories and this can harm the kidneys.
If you suspect you have Diabetes, it is important to immediately seek help. It could be frightening to find out that you have diabetes but you must know that people with diabetes can live a long, healthy and happy lives.
Eat right and exercise. This will keep you healthy.