Four Basics of Diabetes
Created by K. Martin
Created on 8/18/2019
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition where the body either does not produce enough insulin or is not able to use the insulin properly. This causes blood sugar to spike or become too low.
How Common is Diabetes?
According to the Center for Disease (CDC) National Diabetes Statistics report in 2017, 30.3 million people have diabetes. Out of this 30 million, 23.1 million are diagnosed cases leaving 7.2 million people living with this condition that are undiagnosed. To read more statics from the CDC Click here https://dev.diabetes.org/sites/default/files/2019-06/cdc-statistics-report-2017.pdf
What are the Different Types of Diabetes?
Below are the three main types of diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes, also known as insulin-dependent diabetes, is a condition where the pancreas doesn’t produce any insulin causing glucose to stay in the bloodstream. Insulin allows glucose into the body’s cells to produce energy. Type 1 diabetes can’t be reversed with diet changes and needs to be treated with insulin therapy.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a condition when the body doesn't make enough insulin or is not able to use the insulin produced effectively. In some cases, type 2 diabetes can be reversed with proper diet, exercise, and medication routine. Also, with type 2 diabetes insulin therapy is not always necessary. Please consult your healthcare provider before making any changes to your current routine.
Gestational diabetes is when during a woman's pregnancy her blood sugar levels are higher than normal ranges. Doctors believe that the hormones from the placenta may affect how the body regulates insulin. According to the CDC, Gestational diabetes usually shows up in the middle of pregnancy due to doctors running tests between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy. In most cases, gestational diabetes can be controlled by exercise and diet change.
What are Common Early Onset Symptoms of Diabetes?
Some early onset symptoms are:
- Feeling Thirsty
- Frequent Urination
- Feeling Hungry
- Weight Loss
- Blurred Vision
- Cuts/ Bruises that heal slowly
- Yeast Infections