Dealing with diabetes- the disease explained

We all worry about our health, and so we should with over 4.2 million Canadians predicted to have diabetes in 2020, with over 7.2 million Americans currently suffering with diabetes, and over 4 million people in Britain, our health should be our number one concern.

We all probably know someone with diabetes - but what does it actually mean? Well, there are two types; type one and type two.

Type one means that the person doesn’t produce insulin. It has no cure.
Type two means that the person doesn’t react as well to insulin and might have trouble producing it later on in the disease. It can be controlled through a diet and lifestyle change.

Insulin is a hormone our bodies naturally create to break up sugar we consume and either turn it into energy or store it for later. It also balances our blood sugar levels. High blood sugar happens when you have too much insulin, you have eaten too much, not exercising enough or you are taking medication that affects your blood sugar content. The effects happen slowly - you will feel dizzy, sick, faint and dehydrated.

Low blood sugar comes on very fast; this happens when you don’t have enough insulin in your system, you can feel confused, hungry, shaky and can ultimately faint or have a seizure.

Regulating your blood sugar is very important. Even more so when you have diabetes. All diabetics carry an EpiPen which is an emergency dose of insulin; they can get if from their doctor and through their pharmacy. It is only available to people with a prescription, but it can be brought online, and you can even find coupons like this epharmacies novolog flexpen coupon. Insulin is not something to be messed about with, as anyone with diabetes can tell you, it can be a matter of life or death.

Type one diabetes is the rarer of the two, with only 5% of diabetic diagnosis’ being type one. This is usually diagnosed at a young age and managed through regular blood checks and insulin injections.

Type 2 is something that can occur at any point in your life and can be genetic, but it can also be down to lifestyle choices. Obesity is one of the biggest contributors to diabetes as the sugar levels in the blood is all over the place, and the person isn’t getting anywhere near enough exercise.  

Here is a list of symptoms for type two diabetes, if you or a loved one is experiencing any of them, it’s important for you to see your doctor as soon as possible.

  • Increased thirst
  • Increased hunger - especially after eating
  • Dry mouth
  • Frequent urination or urine infections
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Loss of consciousness (diabetic coma)

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