Types of Diabetes
WHAT IS DIABETES?
Diabetes is a disease in which the body is unable to properly use and store glucose (a form of sugar).
Glucose backs up in the bloodstream - causing one’s blood glucose (blood sugar) to rise too high. There are two major types of diabetes:
Type 1 Diabetes (formerly called juvenile-onset or insulin-dependent): the body completely stops producing any insulin, a hormone that enables the body
to use glucose found in foods for energy.
People with type 1 diabetes must take daily insulin injections to survive. This form of diabetes usually develops in children or young adults, but can occur at any age.
Type 2 Diabetes (formerly called adult-onset or non insulin-dependent): results, when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin and/or, is unable to use insulin properly (insulin resistance). This form of diabetes usually occurs in people who are over 40, overweight,
and have a family history of diabetes.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
- Being very thirsty
- Frequent urination
- Weight loss
- Increased hunger
- Blurry vision
- Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
- Frequent skin, bladder or gum infections
- Wounds that don't heal
- Extreme unexplained fatigue
WHO IS AT RISK OF GETTING DIABETES?
- People with a Family History of Diabetes (siblings or parents)
- Overweight people
- Persons with high cholesterol
- Persons with high blood pressure
- Physical inactive people
- Persons who had a stroke or heart attack
- Women with a history of gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) are more likely to develop full-blown diabetes later in life
- Women who had a new-born weighing more than 4kg at birth
- Women with a history of Polycystic Ovarian Disease
The risk of developing diabetes also increases as people grow older. People who are over 40 and overweight are more prone to develop type 2 diabetes
- Heart attacks
- Kidney failure
- Blood vessel disease that may require an amputation (circulation problems) / gangrene
- Nerve damage – neurogenic bladder, etc.
- Impotence in men
- Eating healthy and having a balanced diet is important in managing your diabetes.
- Ask your doctor for a referral to a dietician to help you with a dietary plan.
They will help you with managing a well-balanced meal, portion sizes, to coordinate meals with medications and to avoid sugar-sweetened beverages.
- Educate yourself on diabetes, the type of diabetes you have, warning signs, etc.
- Regular exercise: for about 30 minutes and for at least five times a week. The exercise should make you sweat and breathe harder and always hydrate. 
- Avoid alcohol: alcohol lowers your blood sugar levels because as it is getting metabolized by the liver, the liver is unable to regulate the blood sugar levels properly. 
- Ask the doctor about methods to manage stress as stress can lead to high blood sugar levels. 
- Stop smoking as it can increase the risk of nerve and blood vessel damage which can put you at risk of cardiovascular disease. 
- Go for regular check-ups and take your medications as directed by your doctor. 
- If you take insulin, make sure you store it as directed by the doctor. 
- Wear closed shoes when outside, keep your feet clean and dry and always look out for sores or cuts and attend to them immediately
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