Diabetes : The Common Form Of Diabetes

1844 Words Mar 31st, 2015 8 Pages
1. Once known as non-insulin-dependent diabetes or adult-onset, type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes that unfortunately many can be diagnose with at any age, even during childhood. In fact this disability has been known to affect 90% to 95% of the 26 million people who have diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic or lifelong condition that affects the way the body produces, maintains, and consumes glucose (sugar) which is the body’s most important fuel. While having type 2 diabetes the body will either not produce enough insulin to maintain a normal glucose level or just resist the effects of insulin all together. Once this occurs glucose can’t get into the body’s cells which leads to a buildup in the blood that will make the body’s cells not function properly. This issue associated with the buildup can cause many complications that can be harmful to the body or even life threatening. (Type 2 diabetes WebMd) The first complication that can happen is heart and vessel disease. Type 2 diabetes can increase the risk of various cardiovascular problems. For example heart attacks, strokes, chest pains, and high blood pressure. The second complication that can occur is nerve damage or neuropathy. Excess sugar can injure the wall of the tiny blood vessels which could cause tingling, numbness, and burning first in the tips of the toes and fingers then gradually spread upwards throughout the body. Damage to the nerves that control digestion can also cause nausea,…
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