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We provide information to those seeking to expand their knowledge of how diabetes affects the body.
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic and complex disease, which can affect the entire body. Diabetes is caused by having too much glucose (sugar) in the blood.
This site provides information on diabetes; its symptoms, causes, risk factors, tests, types, home
Carbohydrate is broken down in stomach and glucose is separated and realized in to the blood stream and it is consumed by the body cell once insulin is secreted by pancreas.
Common diabetes symptoms are frequent urination and thirsty, sudden weight loss or gain, blurred vision and heavy hunger.
Common diabetes causes are obesity and over weight, hereditary or family history, stress, hypertension and age.
Diabetes are broadly classified into 2 groups, they are type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. It is sub-classified into pre-diabetes and gestational diabetes.
If the bodies insulin production is stopped or insufficient production is called as type 1 diabetes caused by autoimmune disorder and it is treated with insulin shots.
Type 2 diabetes is a disease when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or the muscle cells does not able to properly use the insulin.
Pre-diabetes is a condition in which blood glucose levels are marginally higher than normal but not high enough for the diagnosis of diabetes.
Blood glucose monitors help diabetics to keep track of their blood glucose levels wherever and whenever they want.
Pre diabetes, diabetes type 1, diabetes type 2 and gestational diabetes are all diagnosed only through blood tests. Even if the result is positive, it should be reconfirmed on another day.
Fasting plasma glucose test measures blood glucose level in blood after 12 to 14 hours of fasting and it is used in diabetes diagnosis.
The oral glucose tolerance test measures the body’s ability in glucose metabolism and clearing excess glucose in bloodstream.
The random plasma glucose test measures plasma glucose levels without fasting or no worry about what you have ate, so called as casual plasma glucose test.
The battle against diabetes continues amidst persistent research. To date there is no known cure for diabetes, but conveniently fight with the help of diabetes products.
A new generation of blood glucose monitoring system, known as continuous glucose monitors, promises to change the way patients and their care providers manage diabetes.
Insulin pen is like having an old-fashioned cartridge pen in your pocket, instead of a writing point, a needle, and for ink cartridge, an insulin cartridge. You just turn a dial to measure out your dose.
The insulin pump mimics pancreas and can help people achieve better control. Insulin pumps are computerized devices, about the size of a pager or call-beeper.
Jet injectors are used to deliver dose of insulin, but they do it without using a needle to make a tiny hole. Jet of insulin is forced through the skin with pressure.
Auto injector has been specially designed for those who have difficulty injecting themselves, it automatically insert the needle and inject the contents.
Presence of ketones in the urine is an indication of the body start metabolizes fat. Both diabetics and persons on low-carbohydrate diets may test their urine for ketones on a daily basis.
Hypoglycemia, also called low blood glucose or low blood sugar, occurs when blood glucose level drops below required levels. Treatment is simple by consuming glucose rich food, it is dangerous if untreated.
Diabetic Ketoacidosis is a condition in which the body cells are unable to get glucose for energy due to low or no insulin. Thus body start breakdown fat for energy, produces toxic acid called ketones.
Insulin a hormone needed for effective conversion of glucose into energy and keep as energetic and maintain blood glucose level.
Each Insulin type works at a different pace and most people have to use more than one kind to mimic their actual bodies system.
Insulin analog commonly available is provided in the table below. Mostly you need to use more than one kind to suit your individual requirement.
Depend upon individual body condition, life style, food habits and physical activity their insulin regimen is designed for efficient blood glucose control.
A Good insulin care starts with how properly the insulin is stored. Insulin does not work to its level when it's stored for too long or is exposed to extreme temperatures both high and very low.
Start your Insulin treatment by following procedure designed as per users experience and manufacturers suggestions for better diabetic care.
Hormone Insulin is needed for effective conversion of glucose into energy, if right amount of insulin is not secreted on their own then needs insulin therapy.
Body makes insulin, but the insulin doesn’t control blood glucose called insulin resistance. Diabetes pills are needed to maintain blood glucose level.
The A1C test is a simple test that reflects the average blood glucose level over the last 2 - 3 months. Blood sample to check A1C can be taken at any time of the day.
Care your diabetes with proper food, physically active, monitor glucose level, have medicines, control pressure-cholesterol, quit smoking and regular doctor visit.
What you eat directly impacts your blood glucose levels. Follow food pyramid for effective diabetes control and blood glucose management.
Diabetes exercise - increase physical exercise in your daily activity lower your blood glucose level and you feel pleasant physical and mental well being.
Take care of yourself when you are sick, being sick can make your blood glucose go too high.
Inform to all staff in school that your child has diabetes and educate them how to handle your child in normal and in emergency situations.
Planning ahead is important if you want a baby and having type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Diabetes pregnancy needs strict blood glucose control even before pregnancy.
Pregnant women who have never had diabetes before but who have high blood glucose levels during pregnancy called gestational diabetes.
People with diabetes are at a high risk of heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, loss of a toe or foot, and erectile dysfunction. But can be avoided by strict diabetes care.
People with diabetes may, over time, develop nerve damage throughout the body called diabetic neuropathies, a set of nerve disorders caused by diabetes.
People with neuropathy need a special foot care, Loss of sensation in the feet means that sores or injuries may not be noticed and thus may end up with amputation.
Statistic's says 2 out of 3 people with diabetes die from heart disease and stroke. But can be prevented by managing blood glucose level near normal, at most of the time.
In diabetic retinopathy, blood vessels may swell and leak fluid or abnormal new fragile blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina, if untreated causing blindness.
Diabetic Gastroparesis is a disorder of stomach that takes too long to empty its contents. It is caused by vagus nerve damage; this damage may be due to diabetes
Diabetes is the most common cause of kidney failure called nephropathy, accounting nearly 44 percent of all cases.
Diabetes can affect a man’s sex life by causing Erectile dysfunction (ED), means man can't have or keep an erection. ED used to be called impotence.
Long term of diabetes may cause sexual dysfunction in females. Most common among them are vaginal dryness, sexual discomfort, lack of desire or absent sexual response.
Prolong diabetes in men and women may damage nerves, thus causing urologic problems that may include bladder problems and urinary tract infections.
Urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that usually develops when micro-organism enters the opening of the urethra and multiplies in the urinary tract.
Diabetes depression is associated with poorer diabetes care and blood glucose level. Depression is more in people with diabetes compared to people without diabetes.
Learn what your doctor is not telling you about the causes, and how to prevent and reverse diabetes. Pertinent to type one and type two diabetics.
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