Friday, September 17th, 2021
Several decades ago, the World Health Organization claimed diabetes was not a very common disease in developing and developed countries.
How times have changed, as this disease is becoming prevalent.
Today, there is an estimated 143+ million people who have it, and the number is expected to rise to more than 220 million people by 2022, if the trend continues as it has been.
In just the U.S. alone, 6.3% percent of people (or 18.2 million individuals) are living with the condition. Another 13 million will be diagnosed.
What’s scarier, is that 5.2 million people have no idea they have it.
In developed countries, the majority of people with diabetes are over the age of 60, while in underdeveloped countries, most are in their prime, who are afflicted with the disease.
It’s important that you understand what diabetes is, so that you can live a healthier lifestyle and avoid being diagnosed.
A Better Understanding Of What Diabetes Is
The scientific definition for diabetes is Diabetes Mellitus, which comes from the Greek word “Diabeinein,” which means to pass through.
Think constant urination.
The world Mellitus is derived from the Latin language, which means “sweetened with honey.”
Once both words are combined together, describes “sugar in the urine.”
Those With Diabetes
When a person has diabetes, it means their body is unable to produce or properly make use of insulin.
Insulin is a hormone that the body needs to control sugar, starch and other foods that transforms into glucose the body needs for energy.
The pancreas is the organ that produces and releases insulin into the bloodstream, to ensure the sugar levels stay inside a normal range.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the normal range of blood sugar is 60-100mg (known as Fasting Blood Glucose).
Although there are many demands for glucose in various situations, it rarely ever surpasses this level.
After eating food, the liver will store the food’s glucose as glycogen, releasing it into the blood supply between meals.
The role of insulin, is to control the storage and the release of glucose.
It makes sure the amount of glucose in the body, will not exceed or fall below the accepted range.
The WHO agency has listed five classifications of diabetes:
• Bronze Diabetes
• Diabetes Insipidus
• Gestational Diabetes
• Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM) – Type 1 Diabetes
• Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus – Type 2 Diabetes