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Diabetes mellitus has reached near epidemic status in the United States. Twenty one million adults and children, 7% of the population, have diabetes although approximately one-third are unaware their blood sugar levels are abnormal. Nearly 1.3 million adults over the age of 20 are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes or Type 2 diabetes each year. The American Diabetes Association estimates an additional 54 million people have pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes is indicated when an individual's blood sugar level is higher than normal but not high enough to be categorized as diabetes.
What is diabetes? When we eat, most food is broken down into glucose, the body's main fuel. Glucose enters the blood stream where it is transported to the cell. The cell requires insulin to be present to use the glucose. Insulin is produced by the pancreas but in diabetics the pancreas produces little or no insulin or for some reason the cell does not respond. Blood glucose increases resulting in a high blood sugar level. Excess glucose is passed out of the body through urine.
What are the different types of diabetes? Doctors typically identify three different types of diabetes: Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes.
Type 1 Diabetes: Type 1 diabetes is actually an autoimmune disease resulting from the immune system attacking the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. Individuals diagnosed with type 1 diabetes must use insulin to control high blood sugar levels. Type 1 diabetes symptoms include increased thirst, increased hunger, dry mouth, nausea, frequent urination, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, and blurred vision. Five to ten percent of individuals diagnosed with diabetes have type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetics must carefully monitor their blood sugar level and know the symptoms of high blood sugar levels and equally dangerous low blood sugar levels.
Type 2 Diabetes: Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is associated with older age, physical inactivity, family history, and obesity. Type 2 diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Left untreated type 2 diabetes may lead to heart disease, stroke, blindness, or kidney disease. In type 2 diabetes the pancreas is typically producing insulin but for some reason the body can't use it. Type 2 diabetes symptoms are similar to type 1 diabetes: fatigue, nausea, frequent urination, unusual thirst, weight loss, blurred vision, frequent infections, and slow healing wounds.
Individuals with type 2 diabetes should consult with their doctor regarding treatment. Not all type 2 diabetics require insulin. Some may be treated with diet and exercise. Others find help regulating high blood sugar levels with natural substances like cinnamon or the combination of supplements in Blood Sugar Formula.
Gestational Diabetes: Gestational diabetes develops during pregnancy and usually disappears after birth. Women diagnosed with gestational diabetes have a 20-50% chance of developing type 2 diabetes within 5 to 10 years.
If you have symptoms of diabetes or a family history, your doctor can perform one of several tests to diagnose diabetes. If your doctor confirms diabetes, work closely with him or her to devise an effective diabetes treatment. Proper care can mean being able to live a healthy life and avoiding the possibly deadly consequences of untreated diabetes.
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