Symptoms And Treatment Of Diabetes

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To some people sweet treats can be a true indulgence, but for others this could mean the difference between life and death. Those people have to watch everything they eat and how much sugar they take in because they have a chronic illness called diabetes. “When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use its own insulin as well as it should.” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] 2015) Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that is located near the stomach and is used to help the glucose get to cells around the body. This disease is characterized by high blood glucose levels. It can be a problem because most food we eat turns into glucose so that our bodies can use it for energy. While diabetes can cause sugar to build up in a person’s blood, people also have other problems to worry about. Diabetes can lead to blindness, heart disease, lower-extremity amputations, and kidney failure. This chronic illness is seventh in the United States for leading cause of death. (CDC 2015)
Diabetes can affect all genders, races, and ages, although it has been know to be more common in certain groups. There are different types of diabetes that doctors treat regularly. Type 1 diabetes can account for five percent of all diagnosed cases. Type 2 diabetes can account for ninety to ninety-five percent of cases. “Gestational diabetes develops in 2% to 10% of all pregnancies but usually disappears when a pregnancy is over. “(CDC 2015)

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