When the food we eat is digested it provides us with energy and growth but the condition called diabetes does not allow this process to work as it should. Almost all the food we eat, once digested, is converted into glucose. As the main source of fuel for the body, glucose must get to where it is needed but diabetes stops this process from happening. If this situation remains unchecked, levels of glucose in the blood increase to dangerous levels.
This subject has comprehensive information available on other sites and the information about the condition in this article has been made short to enable easy and quick understanding. The first type is called type one and primarily affects young people, usually called juvenile onset diabetes and is where the body completely stops the production of insulin, this means insulin must be given to the diabetic on a daily basis for them to live.
The purpose of insulin is to regulate the amount of glucose in our blood. The second form of diabetes usually affects people when they are of mature years, this type happens when not enough insulin is being produced or it isn’t being used properly, but it can normally be treated through diet.
Our body needs energy which it obtains from food that it converts into sugar like bread, potatoes, rice and pasta etc. Many health conditions can be caused by long term high blood sugar levels including: poor vision, heart complaints, problems with the kidneys and in some cases even limb amputation. By sticking to a diabetes health care regime, most of these conditions can be helped, these conditions will vary from person to person but most should see improvements with some complaints halted altogether.
Managing this condition means changing your lifestyle to suit your condition any medication that has been prescribed, giving up smoking, keep your blood glucose and cholesterol levels stable as well as well as other blood fats are just some of the aspects that require special attention.
You will also need to maintain your weight, and maintain your blood pressure to within the guidelines set by your doctor. Once you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you will have it for life, in the United States there are reports of it affecting over two and a half percent of the population.
However, the disease remains undiagnosed in about the same number, it is known that six hundred thousand new cases of will be diagnosed this and every year. The number of Americans who have diabetes and die each year is approximately 320,000 but only 34,000 die as a direct result of having the condition.
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