Frequently Asked 'Diabetes' Questions
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Diabetes is one of the most common health conditions today, mostly due to the increasing poor lifestyle and health habits of people. We all know someone who suffers from diabetes, we hear stories of how people survive with it, and read articles on the causes and treatments. Sometimes, varying information may leave you confused and with even more questions in your mind.
Diabetes is a life-long condition characterized by improper body metabolism. When you eat, sugar is broken down to glucose into the blood. With the help of insulin produced by the pancreas, glucose is supposedly transferred along the blood to the cells of the body to act as energy or carrying out various activities. However, in the case of a diabetic person, the glucose fails to be transferred to the cells to act as fuel; instead it stays and accumulates in the blood, causing high sugar levels.
In type 2 diabetes, though the pancreas produces insulin either it is too little to enable cells to absorb insulin, or the cells themselves are resistant to insulin.
To manage your blood sugar levels daily, do regular self-testing with a home device called 'glucometer'. This helps you monitor your sugar levels. And then depending on the results you get, you may adjust your meals, medications, and activities.
You fear the thought of having to suffer diabetes in the same way somebody you know does. To help provide some key information about diabetes here is a guide to some frequently asked questions.
• Can diabetes be cured with medications and proper diet? Sadly, diabetes is a chronic condition; it is a life-long condition that as no cure. However, medications and proper diet will enable you to monitor your blood sugar levels and keep them at a minimum. A healthy lifestyle will also prevent further medical complications.
• What are some obvious symptoms of diabetes? Generally, some telling symptoms of diabetes are: excessive thirst and urination, constant feeling of fatigue and hunger, sudden weight loss, slow healing of wound, recurring infection, and blurred vision.
• Are people who are obese more likely to develop type 2 diabetes? People who have fat build up around the stomach may be at greater risk to diabetes, high blood, cholesterol, and heart disease.
• Type 2 diabetes destroys which other organs of the body? When neglected, diabetes can cause major complications and long-term damage to certain organs such as the kidneys, nerves and the eyes.
• Are people with diabetes more prone to infections? Diabetics are definitely more prone to infections as white blood cells are impeded by too much sugar in the blood. White blood cells are responsible for fighting off infections in the body.
• Does eating sweets cause diabetes? Eating sugary foods like cakes and chocolates will not cause diabetes. But it will aggravate a diabetic's existing condition.
• What causes diabetes? The exact cause of diabetes may not be known, but there are links to genetic influence and most definitely poor health, lack of regular exercise, constant stress, and poor lifestyle habits are major factors that may lead to diabetes sooner or later.
Now that you have some basic idea on diabetes, start living healthy to prevent this disease.