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Type 2 Diabetes: Overcoming The Bitter Demon

Jan 25, 2008
With the advent of the age of couch potatoes and greasy fast food, the incidence of Diabetes is becoming more and more prevalent. Today, at least 6% of the American population is victim to this disease a percentage which is multiplying in leaps and bounds. Diabetes is primarily classified into 2 types. The first is when the body simply does not produce enough insulin to metabolize sugar. The second type which is a chronic, lifelong malady where the body does produce insulin, but the cells do not recognize this production. Consequently, sugar, which is the quickest source of energy that is available to the body, is not broken down by the cells, and builds up in the blood instead of being assimilated by the body. And this is what is labeled as Type 2 Diabetes.

If you suffer from Type 2 Diabetes, you must bear in mind that you are particularly susceptible to developing a condition called Hypoglycemia. This means that the glucose levels in your blood stream may dip very low, causing you to feel lightheaded, tired, confused and can also make you sweat profusely. If you don't treat these symptoms as soon as possible, you are putting yourself at a risk of developing seizures or even passing out. As soon as you begin to feel the first warning signs of Hypoglycemia, it is advisable that you consume glucose tablets, half a cup of fruit juice or some hard boiled candy. If your condition deteriorates, make sure that you are administered a glucagon injection or that someone takes you to the hospital for emergency treatment without any further delay.

Conversely, the levels of glucose in your blood may surge much higher than the acceptable limits, leading to Hyperglycemia. This is brought about by the inadequate production of insulin, which in turn leads to the accumulation of sugar in your bloodstream. You can recognize if your body is feeling hyperglycemic, if you find that you are a lot thirstier than usual, or if you need to use the restroom at uncommonly short intervals.

Deprived of the glucose it needs to fuel itself, your body then begins to convert fats or lipids into energy. This process of metabolism leads to the generation of Ketones as toxic byproducts. Your body does the best it can to eliminate these Ketones via urine, but there is still some amount of Ketones that stay behind. These build up in your blood and cause the potentially life-threatening Ketoacidosis. Once again, you need to take immediate action if you doubt that you're breath smells unnaturally fruity, or you feel breathless and nauseous.

Type 2 Diabetes also increases your chances of developing Focal Neuropathy where a group of nerves in your body is affected, causing double vision, pain and also partial paralysis. Diabetes may also lead to an affliction which is termed as Compressed Nerves. This condition, where the brain does not receive the signals which are transmitted by your nerves, can also develop into the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or a tingling sensation in your fingers and muscle pain.

The causes of Type 2 Diabetes range from a complex combination of genetic traits, your dietary and lifestyle patterns, insulin abnormalities and also your age and gender. Although people with a family history of diabetes are indeed at a greater risk of developing this disease as they grow, it has also been noted that obesity and lack of exercise accelerate its onset. Also, it was formerly believed that males were more prone to developing Type 2 Diabetes, but this notion is fast changing with instances of diabetes in women increasing at an alarming pace. What's even more frightening is that this disease, which was once believed to be predominant amongst the elderly, has now percolated into younger age groups with Juvenile Diabetes becoming a very common phenomenon.

The most effective way to curb the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes is to simply follow a regular pattern of eating and exercise. Also, ensure that you never go without food for very long intervals and keep constant vigil over your glucose levels. Alert your physician in case of any abnormalities, no matter how minor they may seem and treat any signs of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia without a second thought. Although Diabetes may seem to pose severe hindrances in your routine functioning, if you follow these basic principles with a stoic adherence, you will soon discover a plethora of opportunities open up, which guide you towards a long, fulfilling and healthy life.
About the Author
Julia Hanf author of the book How To Play the Diabetes Diet Game and Win Through a real life crisis Julia figured out how to live diabetes free. Visit http://www.yourdiabetescure.com and learn more about your solution for diabetes.
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