Diabetes

Diabetes

With diabetes, the body either doesn’t make enough insulin or doesn’t use it effectively, causing blood sugar levels to rise. Along with medications, people are advised to eat plenty of vegetables, whole grains, non-fat dairy, lean poultry, and fish.

There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system mistakenly destroys cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps move blood sugar (or glucose) to cells where it can provide energy. When insulin is unavailable for this purpose, blood sugar levels rise and diabetes ensues. People with this type of diabetes will need to take insulin to keep their blood sugar level under control.

In type 2 diabetes, the body becomes resistant to the effects of insulin and isn’t able to use this hormone effectively, also causing a rise in blood sugar. The pancreas has to work harder to increase its production of insulin, which eventually  damages the organ.

What causes diabetes? Both genes and environmental factors play a role. Being overweight can also increase the risk of getting type 2 diabetes, because excess fat increases the body’s resistance to insulin.

How do you know you have diabetes? Increased thirst, frequent urination, and hunger are all signs of diabetes. Other diabetes symptoms include unexplained weight loss, fatigue, frequent infections, and blurred vision.

Consistently high blood sugar can damage the body’s organs over time. Untreated diabetes increases the risk for nerve damage, called diabetic neuropathy, as well as damage to the kidneys, eyes, feet, and skin. Proper treatment can control blood sugar and help prevent complications.  Some people will need to count carbohydrates, or choose foods that are low on the glycemic index, meaning they won’t cause blood sugar to spike.

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Diabetic Food List: Managing Your Diet

Diabetic Food List: Managing Your Diet

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As researchers have learned more about diabetes and how different types of foods affect normal glucose levels, they have placed more emphasis on diet as a component of diabetes management. Scientists and dietitians have developed various meal planning methods, sometimes called medical nutritional therapy or MNT, designed to help you  … Read More

How to Lower Blood Sugar

How to Lower Blood Sugar

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Medications are a must for some people with diabetes, but there are other measures you can take to manage your condition. One of the key parts of managing all types of diabetes and ensuring that treatments are effective is monitoring your blood glucose level.

Many things influence your blood glucose  … Read More

Prediabetes: Are You At Risk?

Prediabetes: Are You At Risk?

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The process by which blood glucose levels become elevated is the same for prediabetes as it is for type 2 diabetes. Normally, the hormone insulin acts on the cells of your body, moving the glucose in your blood into the cells so that it can be used as energy. In  … Read More

Diabetic Snacks: How to Make Healthy Choices

Diabetic Snacks: How to Make Healthy Choices

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In the not-too-distant past, snacking was a critical part of the daily routine for most people with diabetes. This was largely due to the more limited options for insulin therapy. This meant that many people had to plan for diabetic snacks in order to avoid dangerous episodes of low blood  … Read More

Diabetes Symptoms in Women

Diabetes Symptoms in Women

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 13 million women—or roughly 11 percent of all women in the U.S.—suffer from diabetes. What characterizes diabetes symptoms in women? A number of factors can come into play. First, let’s answer the question “What is diabetes?”

Diabetes is a  … Read More

On the Lookout: Diabetes Symptoms in Men

On the Lookout: Diabetes Symptoms in Men

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Diabetes symptoms in men can mirror those in women, but there are some differences, as we discuss here. It helps to first understand what diabetes is: a condition characterized by elevated blood glucose levels, which can lead to a number of serious complications.

In people without diabetes, the pancreas produces the  … Read More

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Download this expert FREE guide, Diabetes Symptoms and Treatments: How to lower blood sugar with a diabetic diet, medications, and lifestyle changes.

This new report tells you how you can take command of your diabetes, simplify blood sugar management, and make the most of today’s breakthroughs in treatment.



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