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Care of your diebetes condition

May 16, 2008
Anyone who has the condition known as diabetes has a condition that creates a situation where the conversion of energy from the food they eat is faulty. Glucose is the body's natural fuel source provided by the food we eat. Diabetes interrupts the transportation of glucose around the body. As more and more glucose remains in the bloodstream blood glucose or blood sugar levels can rise too high.

Two main types occur; information on both is looked at briefly here. Juvenile onset diabetes is called type one and usually, but not always, affects children and young adults and is where the body's production of insulin has ceased; this means insulin must be given to the diabetic on a daily basis for them to live. Insulin is used by the body to regulate the amount of glucose the blood contains. The second form of diabetes usually affects people when they are of mature years; this can be controlled by diet but is caused by problems with the insulin production or its function.

Many of the foods we eat such as bread, potatoes, rice, pasta and fruit are converted into sugar and give us the energy we need to maintain life. High blood glucose levels over a long period of time can cause blindness, heart disease, kidney problems, and amputations. The importance of managing your diabetes condition cannot be underestimated and with a disciplined approached these serious conditions can be improved; these conditions will vary form person to person but most should see improvements with some complaints halted altogether.

Managing your condition means you must take control of certain areas of your life by ensuring you take your medication regularly; but this means sticking to your medication, watching your blood sugar, cholesterol and to stop smoking!

And besides this this, your blood pressure and weight should not go above the limits your doctor advised. The bad news is this, diabetes is a life long condition; at present there over five and half million Americans who have been diagnosed with the condition, and the numbers are rising.

However, it is estimated that about the same number of people again have the condition; each year there are over six hundred thousand new cases. 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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