Diabetes is a medical condition that incapacitates the body’s ability to manufacture and (or) use insulin, which is a hormone in nature. Insulin is responsible for regulating sugar levels in the body. Diabetics are therefore the people that suffer from this medical condition. They are classified into two main categories, with this classification entirely based on the type of diabetes. They are type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
When one suffers from type 1 diabetes, which is occasionally referred to as Juvenile diabetes, their pancreas fails to produce insulin. The diabetics are majorly children and teens accounting for less than 10% of the diabetic population. The most common type of diabetes is the type 2 diabetes. This is whereby the pancreas produces inadequate insulin or when we experience insulin resistance where the cell fails to fully utilize the insulin. This accounts for about 90% of diabetics. A less common type of diabetes is Gestational diabetes which occurs during pregnancy. This has the possibility to go away after one delivers, but you should always consult your doctor about any medical conditions. There are a few signs and symptoms that one is a diabetic. One laments of extreme thirst that may not be easily quenched. Frequent urination also becomes a part of one’s life. Another symptom is that of blurry vision experienced even when the lighting is favorable. One common complaint is about not being able to see well. Due to improper functioning of the body’s organs one experiences increased fatigue and unusual weight loss. This happens even if there is no change in diet, work schedule, rest periods and even exercises.
Diabetes is a terminal illness, diabetics are advised to take a U-turn in their lifestyles. The most crucial factor is eating healthily. This is because any food eaten affects blood sugar. One is advised to eat only enough food that the body requires. An abundance of vegetables and greens is also very important since they contain fewer sugars. However, one should consume less of fat, dairy, red meats, and carbohydrates as the later eventually break down into sugar. In a diabetic’s life, exercise is sometimes considered as important as medication administered. Exercise helps ease stress and reduces the chances of contracting heart diseases that in most cases arises from excess cholesterol in the blood vessels. Active lifestyles aid in healthy weight loss and ensures one’s blood sugar is brought down, in turn controlling diabetes. Frequent checkups have become an order of the day for many diabetics. They are being informed to check their cholesterol and blood sugar levels as any imbalance may lead to deterioration of their health. They are also supposed to check for any foot ulcers which in some cases (if unnoticed for long enough) leads to amputation of the leg.
A drug-free life is also a recipe for healthy living. One should stop smoking as smoking increases the risks of heart diseases, nerve destruction, kidney disease and even stroke. One is also supposed to watch their alcohol consumption. Alcohol consumption makes it hard to control blood sugar. In conclusion, diabetics have a responsibility upkeep their body in order to maintain or improve their quality of life. This is because every life choice they make affects their health either positively or negatively. The society also needs to help diabetics in any way it can.
*The author of this blog is not a medical professional and this article does not contain professional medical advice. This blog is not intended to substitute for medical advice, treatment, or diagnosis. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of the contents of this article. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.