Understanding Diabetics

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Diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy. Obesity and an inactive lifestyle are two of the most common causes of Diabetes. 

Your body breaks down most of the food you eat into sugar (glucose) and releases it into your bloodstream. When your blood sugar goes up, it signals your pancreas to release insulin. Insulin acts like a key to let the blood sugar into your body’s cells for use as energy.

Early signs and symptoms of diabetes

  • Frequent urination. When your blood sugar is high, your kidneys expel the excess blood sugar, causing you to urinate more frequently. …
  • Increased thirst. …
  • Fatigue. …
  • Blurred vision. …
  • Increased hunger. …
  • Unexplained weight loss. …

Type 1 Diabetes:

The body does not produce insulin. The body breaks down the carbohydrates you eat into blood glucose (blood sugar) that it uses for energy—and insulin is a hormone that the body needs to get glucose from the bloodstream into the cells of the body. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, everyone can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy lives.

Type1 diabetes condition can be still managed by living a healthy lifestyle filled with exercise and proper diet.

Type 2 Diabetes

It means that your body doesn’t use insulin properly. And while some people can control their blood glucose levels with healthy eating and exercise, others may need medication or insulin to help manage it.

Food that causes Diabetes:

  • Sugar-sweetened beverages (juices, soda,sports drinks)
  • Sweeteners (table sugar, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup)
  • Processed foods (chips, microwave popcorn, processed meat, convenience meals)
  • Trans fats (vegetable shortening, fried foods, dairy-free coffee creamers, partially hydrogenated oil)

Low blood sugar

A low blood sugar level, also called hypoglycaemia or a “hypo”, is where the level of sugar (glucose) in your blood drops too low.

This can affect everyone differently, but being aware of the symptoms will help you treat yourself better. Identify these early signs :

  • sweating or feeling tired
  • dizziness or feeling shaky or trembling
  • feeling hungry

If you are having these symptoms, Do Monitor your sugar levels regularly.

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