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Learning About Diabetes

Aug 18, 2008
Diabetes is a growing predicament in this country, a very big predicament! With the American population at an all time high in weight gain and a low in health care, the problem is only growing. It is out of control!

Diabetes is a disease of the metabolism. Our metabolism is the way our bodies use digested food for energy and growth.

Most food that is processed through our bodies is broken down by digestive juices into a sugar called glucose. Glucose is the fuel our bodies run on. That is why when one is weak, your doctor may prescribe you juice filled with glucose. It provides instant energy

When we eat, and our food is processed, the pancreas is expected to produce the right amount of glucose from our blood automatically and release the right amount of insulin into our blood.

In people with diabetes however, this is not the case. Little to no insulin is produced. Or alternatively, the body's cells don't respond correctly to the insulin that is produced by the pancreas. Therefore the glucose builds up and overflows into the urine and passes out of the body. Glucose is sweet and that is why the urine of a diabetic attracts ants. That was once the earliest means of detecting the disease.

The loss of glucose through the urine is how the body loses its main source of fuel even though the bloodstream contains good amounts of the natural glucose. That is why serious sufferers of diabetes have a tendency to fill weak. Their glucose levels are low.

There are available three types of diabetes, type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes but we will only focus on the first two in this article. People who have type 1 are known as insulin-dependent.

This is an autoimmune disease where the body's natural system is fighting against another part of the body. In the case of type 1 diabetes, the body system attacks the insulin producing cells and destroys them. It is common in children and it is also called juvenile diabetes

Therefore the pancreas produces little to no insulin. These people are in need of daily injections of insulin to live. Five to ten percent of diabetes cases are type 1 in the US.

More than 80% of the other cases of diabetes are called type 2 diabetes. This is fuelled by poor eating habits and lack of exercise. That is why it is recommended that to end this type of diabetes, all is simply required is eating proper food and a healthy exercise routine.

It is mostly adults that suffer from this type of diabetes but it is increasingly now occurring in children, most likely due to the obesity plague affecting American children.

Diabetes is spreading rapidly with surges in not only the rich world but the third world as well.

Mexico for example is reported to have over 6million sufferers, which is over 5% of its population. This is astounding considering its GDP per head is barely a fifth of that of the U.S. Tacos, a tasty Mexican delight may be sweet and lovely, but can also be unhealthy if taken in excess..

We strongly advise sufferers of type 2 diabetes today to eat not only the right food but exercise vigorously as well. Thank you
About the Author
Aries King is an online writer on diabetes and other health issues affecting us today. You can learn more about diabetes and possible cures at his blog now at http://fightdiabetestoday.blogspot.com
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