WHAT IS DIABETES?

I am a diabetic for more than 10 years since 1995 or earlier. Both
my parents were diabetic and since we understand about DNA, it
seems that the children will most likely also get diabetes. So far there
is no cure but only treatment to control. I have tried many types of
medications Western and Eastern the last 10 years and one of the
best is a product related to HGH (Human Growth Hormones). To understand
diabetes, below is a good article worth reading.

What is Diabetes?

There are two kinds of diabetes and they're simply called Type 1
and Type 2. With Type 1 diabetes, your main problem is your body's
inability to produce insulin - the all-important hormone that converts
blood sugar into energy. Without insulin, glucose will only continuously
build up in your system. Type 1 is also called insulin-dependent or
juvenile diabetes. There is no known cure for this type.

With Type 2 diabetes, your body is able to produce insulin but only
in inadequate amounts. And if it is inadequate, your body is unable
to make use of it completely and effectively.

There are other instances in life, like pregnancy for instance, that
could cause you to suffer from diabetes.

Symptoms of Diabetes

If you suspect yourself of suffering from Type 1 diabetes, here are
several symptoms to further confirm your suspicions.

Hunger. You're eating enough or even more than what you need,
but you still end up feeling hungry. This is because the glucose
coming from the food you eat isn't being converted to energy.
As such, your system will still feel starved even if you've eaten
enough for an army.

Thirst and Urination. High glucose levels in your blood reduces
fluid volume, which consequently make you feel thirstier more often.
And of course, increased thirst will generally lead to increased
frequency in urination.

Weight Loss. Going back to the unsuccessful conversion of blood
sugar into energy, muscle tissues and fats won't be able to bulk up.
The longer they're deprived of energy, the more they'll shrink in size.
It's not surprising for diabetics suffering from insulin deficiency to
suddenly experience rapid and excessive weight loss.

Fatigue. Naturally, lack of energy distributed to your system will end
up causing you to experience fatigue.

Blurry Vision. In spite of its common occurrence, blurry vision is
one of the least known symptoms of diabetes. Decreasing fluid levels
in your blood will eventually affect fluid levels in the rest of your body,
such as your eyes. Diabetes could cause you to have poorer focus
because of reduced fluid levels.

Causes of Diabetes

And now, we get to the most important question: how do we

get diabetes? Unfortunately, while we do know what happens inside
our body to make us suffer from diabetes, no scientist has yet
discovered what causes the specified sequence of events to occur.
Nobody knows why an individual's immune system would suddenly
destroy cells responsible for producing hormones and therefore
leading to the increase of glucose content in his blood.

Scientists, however, have certain theories about possible causes of
Type 1 diabetes. For one, genetics have been pinpointed to potentially
cause diabetes. Family history as well as exposure to certain bacteria
and viruses have also been cited as possible contributing factors.

Consulting Your Doctor about Diabetes

Even without determining the cause, the list of symptoms provided
will still enable you to determine whether you are suffering from
Type 1 diabetes of not. If your suspicions have been confirmed, the
next step for validation is to consult your doctor. The type of test or
procedure you'll be subjected to will depend on your doctor. In most
cases, however, blood tests would be enough to verify your condition.

If not treated properly and instantly, Type 1 diabetes can lead to
various complications from short-term ones like extremely high or
low blood sugar content and diabetic ketoacidosis to long-term ones
like having neuropathy, nephropathy, osteoporosis as well as other
serious problems with your heart, eyes, foot, skin and mouth.

Treatments for Diabetes

The critical fact you have to understand about treating diabetes
is that it's a commitment which would last a lifetime for you and
your loved ones. Emotional support is just as vital for you to cope
with your condition.

The components making up treatment plans for diabetes will be
determined by your doctor and your preferences. It will commonly
include dietary restrictions, exercise requirements, lifestyle changes,
and use of medications and possibly therapies as well.

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