Type 2 Diabetes News and Facts You Should Know

Not you?      Or you don’t know?

Type 2 Diabetes news and facts you should know fill recent publications, medical journals and television information shows.  Educating yourself about this disease epidemic that is spreading is a must.

Type 2 Diabetes News and Facts You Should Know
Type 2 Diabetes News and Facts You Should Know

Often the signs of type 2 diabetes are missed or not recognized.  This is when the real damage begins with diagnosis of it as  an underlying  cause for  an emergency room visit for a stroke or heart attack.

Since diabetes can affect anyone (age doesn’t count) it is now estimated that one out of every three people who have it, don’t know they have diabetes!

Diabetes Could be Classified as a Digestive Disorder Instead of a Disease

You might call diabetes a digestive disorder…no not like heartburn, but a neighbor!

It creates roadblocks in the normal digestion of carbohydrates to be used for energy, so that high levels of blood sugar (left over sugar not absorbed from the blood stream by all body cells) are created.

Hidden and untreated diabetes now becomes a Destruction Ninja.

  • Just a few of the gifts from this busy ninja are
  • nerve damage and
  • pain,
  • vision loss, and
  • heart disease created by
  • damage to arteries and blood vessels.

You might want to add another gift called chronic fatigue to this list.

Once diabetes is in place, it creates a never ending cycle of tiredness that can’t be removed until the cause is treated.

Recognize the Warning Signs of Type 2 Diabetes

Thirst...increased desire and need to drink more liquids. Often accompanied by other symptoms like:

Dry Mouth: A coating may develop on your lips, mouth becomes so dry that it creates a strong urge for liquids to quench the thirst.
Dry mouth can affect your gums and teeth increasing the chances of developing gum disease and cavities.

Frequent Urination: increased and sometimes urgent calls to hit the bathroom day and night.
Since daytime voiding trips can vary depending on liquid consumption it is the evening trips that get attention.

Called nocturia,  if you are having to get up at night and make bathroom trips whereas you previously slept the whole night through.

Unusual Hunger: You feel tired, so think you need to eat and have a bottomless pit that you try to fill up…often accompanied by a strong desire for more food.

Weigh Gain or Loss: Weight gain or loss can vary depending on the person. Most people gain weight, but there is the occasional one that will have a continuing weight loss accompanied by an insatiable appetite. Even eating more doesn’t stop the weight loss! (this is in reference to type 2 diabetes).

Headaches: High blood sugar levels can cause blurred vision and of course fatigue which in turn may cause headaches. Another Diabetic Ninja gift.

Infections: Certain types of infections often accompany type 2 diabetes. Urinary tract infections, frequent yeast infections and itchy skin are common. Sores that take a long time to heal is another symptom.

Sexual Dysfunction: Since untreated diabetes has a penchant for damaging blood vessels and nerves, dehydrating the body (see dry mouth above) and because possible nerve damage can also lead to loss of sensation…it can affect men and women, no sexual discrimination allowed by diabetes.

If you recognize and have any of the above symptoms it is time for a trip to see your caregiver.  We do not provide medical advice or services.  What we do is inform from our point of view about diabetes and what we have observed and learned from.

  • Most common symptoms that are easily recognized are:
  • severe increased thirst,
  • frequent urination with the added night time bathroom trips,
  • changes in weight (loss or most frequently belly weight gain),
  • increased hunger,
  • constant fatigue,
  • blurred vision and
  • headaches and
  • tingling of your hands or feet especially at bedtime.

Since this is about you and YOUR body, do an honest assessment, educate yourself about diabetes and how to recognize the symptoms of type 2 diabetes.

Even children are developing type 2 diabetes, so, if you are a parent it is your responsibility to take a closer look at your child, especially if he or she is overweight or has had a sudden unexplained weight gain or loss and exhibit any of the symptoms listed above.

Caregivers can administer a fasting plasma glucose test or even a finger stick A1c blood glucose test whose results will help diagnosis and determine if treatment is needed.

My goal in all this writing is to spread the word about diabetes which is becoming a world wide epidemic.  (not really becoming…it has arrived).
It is everyone’s  responsibility to help ourselves and help others when it comes to this mean sneaky disease.
Here is a graphic which makes all of the above information a little more digestible.

Type 2 Diabetes News and Facts You Should Know
Type 2 Diabetes News and Facts You Should Know

What can you do?  Read and do some self searching.  Share what you have read.

The more people who know about diabetes and how it affects the body, the greater the chance they will make needed changes in their lifestyle and Prevent Type 2 Diabetes.

So make your contribution today.  Comment below and share this information.  After all it is freely given and free to share!

Cararta

What is Diabetes and Who Will “Get” It

 Who Gets Diabetes, the How and the Why

Diabetes mellitus is typically a life long (unceasing) health problem where there are elevated quantities of glucose in the hemoglobin (blood). Since being diagnosed with it can be an emotional, fearful and life changing event, the information provided here about what is diabetes and who will get it, might help educate and calm some of the fear.

Causes of diabetes are often incidence, and risk factors.

  • Incidence relates to life style, eating and exercise habits.
  • Risk factors include a possible genetic connection for people with close relatives with the disease and being categorized as obese.

Diabetes is a Digestive Process Disorder -Defined Below

 

The Pancreas and other organs are involved in What is Diabetes and Who Will “Get” It
The Pancreas and other organs are involved in What is Diabetes and Who Will “Get” It

Insulin, circulated in the blood stream,  is an endocrine hormone made by the pancreas to manage blood glucose (sugar) levels. This disease could be brought on by inadequate blood insulin levels, level of resistance to insulin, or either.

To appreciate this disease, it is necessary to initially know the typical procedure by which what you eat is digested and utilized by the digestive system for use as energy.

How normal digestion should work…

A number of things transpire when what you eat is made absorbable:

  • 1. A sugar called glucose enters the circulatory system from the digestive tract.
  • 2. Glucose is converted into a form used by tissue cells to create and provide energy for the nourishment of all body systems.

The pancreas, a glandular organ of the digestive system  produces the hormone insulin. The role of insulin is to move sugar circulating in the blood  into the cells of  muscular tissue, fatty tissue, and the liver, where it is usually put to use as cellular nourishment or in the case of the liver changed and stored for future use.

Individuals with diabetes have elevated blood glucose levels for the reason that their body can not move digested carbohydrates (sugar-glucose) into fatty tissue, the liver, and the muscular tissue cells. In order for sugar (glucose) to become stockpiled in the cells and converted by the cells for use as energy, insulin must transport it inside.

Diabetes appears as a result of the fact that either:

1. The person’s pancreas doesn’t produce sufficient amounts of the hormone insulin.

2. Their bodies cells do not work with insulin in a normal way.

3. Both of these reasons.  These reasons can possibly created by over consumption of food and when the pancreas can not produce enough insulin to handle the over abundance, then high sugar levels interfere and the cells become insulin resistant.

Imagine that each cell is a small energy factory with doors that are kept locked.  Insulin is the “key” that will unlock the door and let sugar enter to be converted into energy.

With an abundance of unused sugar floating around in the blood stream, some of it attaches to the door lock and prevents insulin from inserting its key so the doors become insulin insensitive  (blocked) and no longer work.

There are several types of Diabetes

At this time there are two significant forms of this disease  and the reasons and chances of developing the disease are varied in each type.

Juvenile or type 1 diabetes can develop at every stage of life, but it is frequently detected in youngsters, teenagers, or young adults. With this type of disease, the human body creates limited or zero insulin  and everyday injections of insulin are required. The specific origin of this type has not been completely documented at the present time, but is the subject of much research.

Adult onset diabetes (type 2) represents the major form diagnosed today and frequently develops in the adult years. Previously it was a disease of older adults and seniors.

Unfortunately, because of high obesity rates, teens and young adults and even children as young as 8 years old are now being diagnosed with it.
Another little know fact is that large numbers of people already have type 2 of this disease, but do not recognize it or know they have it.

Pregnancy or gestational is a less prevalent type of the disease caused by sky-high blood glucose levels. This sometimes occurs unexpectedly, at any time, throughout pregnancy in an expectant mother-to-be who has not been previously diagnosed with diabetes.

Diabetes touches the lives of in excess of 20 million Americans. Almost 40 million Americans have elevated blood sugar levels which place them in a pre-diabetic category (Many times this is present before it turns into a disease and, if treated in this stage could possibly prevent development of full blown diabetes).  Charts and more exact facts and figures are available  here:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Diabetes Report Card 2012. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Health and Human Services; 2012

With the information above, you should have a clearer idea of what type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes are and hopefully be able to discern if any of the risk factors listed might apply to you.

For more detailed information on the Endocrine system and your digestive processes and how they work visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pancreas.

Your caregiver can perform a blood test or an A1c glucose test which is also available at many pharmacies.  So do a little homework and figure out if you might have this dreaded disease.

Evaluation, treatment and implementing the information you gain by becoming knowledgeable about how your body works may help you avoid the complications of untreated diabetes.
Read more about diabetes complication: Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

Are You Suffering From Diabetes? A Special Report

Don't Like Diabetes

 

People who are prone to diabetes—especially those who have the disease in their family’s history—should consider that there is a great possibility that they or their kids might inherit the illness.

So, the best way to go about it is get educated  about the condition. The following are some the things that people who are prone to diabetes must consider:

1. TYPE OF DIABETES.

Experts say that the severity of diabetes can be determined through its types including “type 1 diabetes” also known as “juvenile diabetes” or “insulin-dependent diabetes” which is an auto-immune type targeting the body’s immune system.  Normally diagnosed in childhood, however adults do develop type 1 diabetes, but not as frequently as in children.

Formerly the least common type:  “type 2 diabetes” also known as “non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus” or “adult-onset diabetes” which is affected  eventually by the amount of insulin produced in the person’s body.
This is because of damage done to the pancreas by fat accumulation and the body itself (its cells) become resistant to insulin.

This eventually causes high sugar in the blood…. and then there is a third kind of diabetes:

“gestational diabetes” which  sometimes happens to   women who are   pregnant.  If a woman does develop this type of diabetes, she frequently later has type 2 diabetes.

2. SYMPTOMS. To know if you are suffering from diabetes , knowing the symptoms for each type would help you.

Those who suffering from type 1 diabetes would experience exceptional thirst, dryness of mouth despite taking in lots of fluid, the urgent need to urinate more often because of drinking more water.

Drastic loss of weight even if they are eating fairly well, exhaustion or feeling of being weak and  tired all the time.  Often blurring of vision in most cases.

For type 2 diabetes, sufferers experience often blurring of vision, wounds, sores, or cuts that takes a long time to heal, itchiness of skin in many parts of the body, frequent development of yeast infections, increased  thirst, drying of mouth, frequent urination, and mild to extreme leg pains.

Gestational diabetes symptoms are similar to the  other types it’s just that they are short termed because the disease ends once the woman gives birth. However, people who have this type of diabetes should be more careful because it can lead to type 2 if not monitored and treated immediately.

3. DIAGNOSIS. For a person to finally know whether he or she suffers from diabetes, tests for diagnosis are a must.

Although the symptoms can give you a hint whether you are suffering from the illness or not, relying on these are not enough. Experts say that only way to confirm if one has diabetes  is to get a test. Now, there are several types of tests that one can get including:

fasting plasma glucose test which, is considered as the most preferred test for people with diabetes.    It  requires a person to  fast at least eight hours or ideally the night before the test to ensure that the blood sample that will be drawn and examined for glucose levels is accurate.

– random blood glucose test which, unlike the Fasting Plasma Glucose test, doesn’t require fasting but the blood samples should be drawn out immediately after the person has eaten or has drunk something.

oral glucose tolerance test which requires the person to fast not less than 8 hours and prohibits him or her from smoking and drinking coffee before drawing the blood sample for the testing.

– glucose challenge test is for women who are prone to gestational diabetes when they are pregnant;

– impaired fasting glucose test which is considered as a new diagnostic category for people with diabetes. Here, blood sugar levels often can determine the probability of the person to develop diabetes.

It is amazing the different ways that people describe and  file away their own ideas of what diabetes is.

Basically diabetes could be placed in the category of a digestive disorder because how the body handles its food and the calories from the food changes.

By calories I mean sugar or glucose as that is the form that most food eaten is digested into so that it can be absorbed from the blood stream by the cells and converted into energy.

The exception of course is fat which is handled differently, but if fat from stored fat is used by the body, it must be converted back into glucose…. a merry go round of fat and sugar.

It is becoming more and more important for people to educate themselves about this disease.  It is now an epidemic and the side effects that affect the rest of your body are such things as strokes, heart attacks, blindness, amputation of limbs…the list seems endless.

Share your knowledge with your friends and family, especially if anyone is overweight.  Being above the ideal body weight for your height and activity level is almost a precursor for developing diabetes.