Taking Control of Your Diabetes
Diabetes is a metabolic disease which causes abnormal amounts of sugar to accumulate in the blood. There are many symptoms but there are also multiple types of diabetes. Symptoms don’t always appear in every individual and they are often hard to notice.
What are the symptoms?
There is an organ called the pancreas. It secretes a hormone called Insulin, which controls the levels of glucose in the blood. Insulin is a key component in the creation of energy and vitality in the body. Many things can go wrong in this process, but there are two common issues that are often associated with diabetes. The pancreas can stop producing insulin for various reasons or the body can become insulin resistant.
Symptoms for diabetes include:
- Frequent urination
- Excessive hunger or thirst
- Dry mouth
- Blurred vision
- Itchy skin
- Skin infections
- Pain or numbness in the legs or feet
- Nausea and vomiting
There are more symptoms than those listed here. You can see why these symptoms may be hard to pinpoint at first. It is also important to remember that these symptoms will usually start off very mild. When you combine that with the fact that diabetes is a disease that can be treated much more effectively when it is caught early, the problem becomes clear. The best solution is to proactively have yourself checked for diabetes on a regular basis.
Who is in danger?
Diabetes is a major disease worldwide with millions of infected people. Almost everyone is susceptible to this disease. It is believed that diabetes is at least partly hereditary so it may run in the family. Getting checked for diabetes is a very simple procedure, so ask your clinician. There are many elements that may contribute to diabetes, such as family history, obesity, smoking, ect
If you believe you may be vulnerable to the disease, get checked immediately. Scientists have had a hard time determining an exact cause for diabetes. That is likely because there may causes. For example, gestational diabetes is only present in pregnant women. The cause for this type of diabetes may be completely different than the cause of type 2 diabetes in a 70 year old male, for example.
Once you have been diagnosed, you should develop a health plan with your clinician. This should also include a diabetic meal plan and a diabetic foot care plan. The goal is usually very simple in diabetes management. Patients often try to keep their blood sugar as close to normal for as much of the time as possible.
Is there a cure for diabetes?
There is no current cure for diabetes. However, there are some preventative measures that can help reduce the likelihood you will develop the disease. These measures may also help us diagnose the disease earlier, in turn reducing the damage the disease causes before it is discovered. These measures include weight control, exercise, and regular checkups, amongst others.
You should get checked for diabetes regularly. The main point you should take away from this blog is that you need to consult with a doctor if you are diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes is a major disease. Because of this, many doctors are quite experienced at treating this disease. Besides direct medical treatment, education is a key point and your doctor can help with this as well. Your doctor may even subscribe a visit from a diabetic educator to help you learn about your disease. With diabetes, knowledge truly is power.
*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 other 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.