What is Sugar Diabetes ?
affects an estimated 20.8 million Americans, or 7% of the U.S. population, although over 6 million
sufferersare not aware that they have it. It is a general term for a number of disorders
that prevent the body from regulating its blood sugar level, which can lead to serious complications.
Blood sugar level
is determined by the amount of glucose in the blood. Glucose is produced when we digest starchy foods
such as bread, rice and potatoes, and sweet foods including sugar and chocolate. Glucose is also made
in the liver.
Insulin is a hormone that
carries glucose through the cells of our bodies, where it is used to produce energy. Sugar diabetes sufferers
either have a lack of insulin, or cannot use what they have efficiently.
This means that glucose remains in the blood producing symptoms of
There are two
common varieties of sugar diabetes, now known as:
Diabetes type 1, which
accounts for 10% of cases, and the more common
Diabetes type 2. The main
differences between the two types are:
With Diabetes type 1, the body is unable to produce insulin at all,
whereas with Diabetes type 2 sugar diabetes, the body produces too little insulin, or cannot use what it
How serious is sugar diabetes ?
Many people do not
see sugar diabetes as a serious illness, and believe it can be cured with insulin. However, there is no actual cure
for diabetes and it is responsible for thousands of deaths every year.
The list of complications
that can arise from sugar diabetes is long and frightening. It includes heart disease, kidney disease, blindness or
other eye problems, nerve damage, skin conditions and depression.
However, with early
diagnosis of sugar diabetes symptoms, the advanced treatments now available, and careful monitoring of diet and
exercise, it is possible to delay the progression of diabetes, allowing sufferers to live long and healthy
Am I at risk from sugar diabetes
It is unclear what causes
Diabetes type 1 sugar diabetes, but there are a number of factors that can mean you have a higher risk of
developing Diabetes type 2. These are: [ADSENSE_0000000137]
A close family member has Diabetes type 2
You have high blood
You have had a heart attack or
You are a woman with polycystic ovary
syndrome and you are overweight
You have impaired glucose
You have impaired fasting
You are a woman who has had gestational
You have severe mental health
If any of the above
risk factors apply to you, and you are white and over 40, or black, Asian or from a minority ethnic group and over
25, taking a sugar diabetes test is a simple procedure, and if nothing else it will put your mind at
diabetes (Greek: διαβήτης) was coined by Aretaeus of Cappadocia. It is derived from
the Greek word διαβαίνειν, diabaínein that literally means "passing through," or "siphon", a
reference to one of diabetes' major symptoms-excessive urine production. It is frequently misspelt with examples
such as: diabetis and diabeties.
Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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