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Understanding The Problem Of Diabetes

Jun 24, 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. We use glucose, which is transported around the body by blood, as a form of energy which comes from food containing sugar. As glucose is the fuel our body needs to survive it is imperative that it is able to be transported by the blood without any problems, something which diabetes stops. If this glucose remains in the blood and is not absorbed in to the body as it needs to, abnormally high levels of blood glucose or high blood sugar levels as it is also known as, occur.

Information in this article is regarding the two major types of the condition. In type 1, which is also called juvenile onset diabetes or insulin-dependent where the body completely stops producing any insulin; this can occur at any age but diabetics must take daily insulin injections in order to survive. The body uses insulin to ensure the glucose can be used by the body which in turn converts into energy. Adult onset or type 2 diabetes affects older people as the name suggests but differs from type one; this is caused when the insulin is either not being produced in sufficient quantities or there is a problem in its use, however a careful diet plan can usually treat the condition.

Those energy foods which we all need to live are pasta, rice, potatoes, bread and fruit of course. 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. The importance of managing your diabetes condition cannot be underestimated and with a disciplined approached these serious conditions can be improved; then many of the conditions associated with this condition can be slowed down considerably if not stopped altogether. Care of your condition relies on you maintaining certain aspects and any prescribed medication must be taken routinely; giving up smoking, keep you blood glucose and cholesterol levels stable as well as well as other blood fats are just some of the aspects that require special attention.

Apart from this, your blood pressure and weight should not go above the limits your doctor advised. Diabetes is a life long condition if you are unlucky enough to contract it; in the United States there are reports of it affecting over two and a half percent of the population. The problem is that here are probably another 5.5 million people who have this condition but just don't know it; around 600,000 US citizens contract this condition each year so you can see the problem is serious. It is a worrying fact that whilst 34,000 American citizens die each year as a direct result of diabetes, another 320,000 die that have the condition where it may be an underlying reason.
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