We cannot deny the fact that most people are craving for sweets and are avid fan of chocolates. These trigger the occurrence of Diabetes. Diabetes is defined as a serious life-long health condition that occurs when the amount of glucose or sugar in the blood is too high because the body can’t use it properly.
There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Two different conditions, but they are both serious and need to be treated and managed properly.
- Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition where the body attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells, meaning no insulin is produced. This causes glucose to quickly rise in the blood. Nobody knows exactly why this happens, but science tells us it’s got nothing to do with diet or lifestyle.
- In Type 2 diabetes, the body doesn’t make enough insulin, or the insulin it makes doesn’t work properly, meaning glucose builds up in the blood.It is caused by a complex interplay of genetic and environmental factors. Up to 58 per cent of Type 2 diabetes cases can be delayed or prevented through a healthy lifestyle.
How can you tell if you have diabetes? Most early symptoms are from “higher-than-normal” levels of sugar in your blood.
Here are the five common symptoms of diabetes:
- Peeing more often and being thirstier. An average person usually pee four to seven times in a day. When you have diabetes, you may pee more than the usual.
- Dry mouth and itchy skin. Body is using fluids to make pee, which gives less moisture for other things. You could get dehydrated, and your mouth may feel dry. Dry skin can cause itchiness.
- Hunger and fatigue.When you eat, you’re body changes what you take in into glucose that your cells use for energy. But your cells need insulin to bring the glucose in.
- Blurred vision. Changing fluid levels in your body could make the lenses in your eyes swell up. They change shape and lose their ability to focus.
- Losing weight even without trying. Insufficient insulin prevents the body from getting glucose from the blood into the body’s cells to use as energy.
When you have felt these symptoms, immediately consult your doctor. Be informed, be aware and be healthy.
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