What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a terrible disease and is a challenge for millions of people. However, it is much easier to deal with diabetes if you have accurate information. This will help you deal with diabetes’ worst symptoms.

What Is Type 2 Diabetes

Where type 1 diabetics do not produce enough insulin for their body, type 2 diabetics produce the insulin but their bodies are not make proper use of it. Type 2 diabetes has been linked to lifestyle choices as a large number of people who are diagnosed are considered overweight or obese.

The extra weight a person carries around can make it hard for the body to process insulin properly.

Some additional risk factors for being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes include a family connections, a first or second generation family member, and race. Even with these risk factors present a person can prevent out put-off a diagnosis off type 2 diabetes by losing weight, eating a healthy diet, and plenty of physical activity.

Type 2 diabetes has in the past been diagnosed in patients over the age of 40 but in recent years people of all ages have been diagnosed with this disease. There is an alarming number of young children who are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes who are obese.

Being diagnosed with Type II Diabetes does not mean you are lazy, fat, or nonathletic. There are many causes of Diabetes which don’t necessarily come from being overweight or not exercising enough, but all diagnoses mean that you’ll need to start watching what you’re eating and increase your exercise level.

People who have not yet been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes may exhibit some of these symptoms: Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) and skin infections. Moodiness and irritability may also be a symptom of diabetes but is usually not one that precipitates a trip to the doctor and is later explained by high or low blood sugar levels.

Other warning signs for type 2 diabetes are the same as type 1 diabetes such as an increased need to urinate, a desire to drink more and a feel of lethargy or constant tiredness.

Type 2 diabetics have a range of options for treatment depending on personal preference and their individual needs in contrast to type 1 diabetics whose only option is to go on insulin injections or an insulin pump.

Make sure to know how ketoacidosis occurs. It is when the acid levels in the blood increase, which happens if blood sugars get too high. This creates ketones, which are acidic byproducts that raise the levels of blood acid. It is extremely dangerous, and for some it can result in a coma.

Confusion, excessive thirst, and breath that smells fruity are all symptoms. Symptoms are typically addressed with increased hydration and insulin.

To prevent ketoacidosis you need to take insulin, keep track of your blood sugar and have a keen eye for any symptoms and an understanding of all treatment options.

What Is Type 1 Diabetes

In type 1 diabetes a person’s pancreas is not able to make enough insulin for the body to function properly. Type 1 diabetes is considered an autoimmune disease – the body’s cells attack the cells in the pancreas that produces insulin either destroying them entirely or enough of them that there isn’t enough insulin.

People who are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes are often surprised because it is not linked to lifestyle or a healthy body weight. As of now, there still is no exact reason that researchers have found that causes a person to develop type 2 diabetes.

Although there are risk factors that can increase the chances of someone being diagnosed.

Another name for type 1 diabetes is juvenile diabetes. The reason for this is because the majority of people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes are under the age of 25.

There have been reported cases of patients being diagnosed with the disease much older but those are exceptions. There may be a genetic link that causes people to become insulin dependent but the exact link has yet to be discovered.

Diabetics with type 1 will have to take insulin for the rest of their lives. The amount of insulin they take may vary with their diet and weight through the years. Type 1 diabetics need to carefully monitor their urine for ketones every morning as they are more likely to be diagnosed with diabetic ketoacidosis – a serious condition.

This is your body’s way of telling you it is not getting enough fuel and is using fat cells as energy instead of the food that is being consumed.

The number of people with type 1 diabetes is relatively small compared to the number of people who are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The numbers for type 2 diabetes continue to grow with the obesity rates.

Exercise is a key lifestyle habit for a diabetic person. You need to get moving as much as possible to help keep your weight at a reasonable level and your organs in tip-top shape. Try to go for a long walk after dinner or take the stairs at work instead of the elevator.

When starting an exercise plan to lose weight and get your Diabetes in check, find a partner to work out with. If you are going to work out together then you can make sure that both of you always show up, and then watching each other exercise helps ensure that you each are doing the exercises correctly.

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