Friday, November 26th, 2021
Diabetes is a condition that’s caused by an excessive amount of sugar in the bloodstream, which causes the body to be unable to properly manage carbohydrates.
What diabetes does is causes a host of known health issues, such as kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, heart disease and stroke.
With so many health problems that it causes, there are still a variety of misconceptions when it comes to this disease.
• One misconception is that diabetes is a kids-only disease, which means there’s no reason to be worried about it as an adult
• Another misconception is that diabetes hits older populations, and middle-aged individuals are not at risk of developing it
• The final misconception is that older people with diabetes often have a mild form of it, meaning they don’t have to worry so much about its effects
Each one of these misconceptions are NOT true!
What You Need To Understand About Diabetes
There are multiple types. The most common are Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
Both conditions are the result of high blood sugar levels, and abnormal protein and fat metabolism.
Type 1 diabetes, only occurs in around 10% percent of the population, usually in young adults, once referred to as juvenile-onset diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes, is known as insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or adult-onset diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes affects close to 95% percent of all adults who suffers from this disease.
It’s also now commonly seen in adults older than 45, but younger than those who are 60 years old.
The Basics Of Diabetes
When you consume carbohydrates, the body converts it into sugar, which causes the blood sugar level to rise.
Once this happens, the pancreas releases the hormone insulin, which helps to send the sugar into the cells.
These cells will either burn the sugar or store it for another time.
Insulin helps to move the sugar to various locations such as the liver, muscles, and other bodily cells.
Type 1 Diabetes
With Type 1 diabetes, the body’s autoimmune reaction damages the pancreatic beta cells.
These are the only cells that can generate insulin to regulate sugar levels.
People with this type of diabetes, needs to take insulin injections to survive. Failure to do so could result in fatality.
Type 2 Diabetes
With Type 2 diabetes, the cells are unable to use insulin properly. This causes the pancreas, to not generate the amount of insulin the body needs.
There are a variety of reasons, someone might develop Type 2 diabetes.
The most common includes: age, obesity, genes, gestational diabetes history, lack of exercise, race, weakened glucose metabolism, etc.