Diabetes is one of the most widely misunderstood conditions
around, which is surprising considering how widespread it is.
Diabetes is a life-long disease that affects the way your body
handles glucose, a kind of sugar, in your blood.
Most people with the condition have type 2.
There are about 27 million people in the US with it. Another
86 million have prediabetes: Their blood glucose is not normal,
but not high enough to be diabetes yet
There were more than 1.56 million cases of diabetes in
Nigeria in 2015.
Statistic: International Diabetes Federation (IDF )Africa
this condition and the truth behind them. 1.
Type 1 diabetes is not caused by eating sugar…
are two main types of diabetes, helpfully called type 1
2. Type 1 is an autoimmune disease.
develops when the immune system attacks insulin-
beta cells in the pancreas. Without insulin, we can’t
our blood sugar levels, and this can be very dangerous. We don’t
know exactly why the immune system kicks off like this,
do know it’s not a “lifestyle choice” – which is one of the
common misconceptions around. As far as we know, there’s
you can do to prevent type 1 diabetes.
Type2 diabetes is not necessarily caused by diet either.
to popular believe that Type2 diabetes is caused by
diet and lifestyle alone, Type 2 diabetes can have many
including genetics and aging. It is also often associated
obesity. But they’re wrong to do so. This too is a myth.
diabetes can have a wide range of causes, including
and the natural rise of blood sugar that occurs as we
older. At least one in five people diagnosed with type 2
There could be as many as four types of diabetes Age-related
diabetes is completely different to other causes of type 2.
are many types of diabetes. Along with the big two, there’s
diabetes, and many more. Type 3 diabetes is a
term for Alzheimer’s disease, because there are a
links between Alzheimer and blood glucose levels in the brain. A recent
study suggested that there should be a fourth type of diabetes.
diabetes would describe cases of type 2 diabetes caused
rather than diet or genetics. The researchers came up
this after finding that the metabolic process was much different
of type 2 diabetes caused by aging. 4.
Diabetes can be very, very serious.
can have severe complications if not tightly- managed –
retinopathy, and sometimes amputation. Diabetes is not a
disease. It is not about having the odd insulin injection or
a sugary dessert. Without careful management, diabetes
to complications. These complications can affect nearly
part of the body. Heart disease is common, as is retinopathy
impairment), kidney problems, nerve damage – in extreme
diabetes can lead to amputation.
Diabetes takes its toll emotionally:
studies estimate that people with diabetes are three times more
to experience depression. Research estimates that people with
are either two or three times more likely to go through
It’s not surprising – dealing with a chronic disease day in,
can lead to feelings of desperation and futility.
a name for the feeling of hopelessness that comes with
– burnout. People with burnout often neglect to control
diabetes, making them more likely to develop complications.
vicious cycle. Another
emotional complication of diabetes is diabulimia –
condition that predominantly affects young women with diabetes.
defined as the deliberate skipping of insulin injections in order
weight. It’s as much an issue of body image as an issue of
but it shows how tied to mental and emotional well-being
Diabetes can affect your relationships.
Diabetes can affect your relationships with loved ones. Many’s the time
we’ve heard stories on the forum of people walking out on their date
after realizing they had diabetes. It’s unpleasant, and wrong, but it
goes to show the extra pressure it can sometimes put on a relationship –
people don’t feel ready for the extra responsibility it brings. 7.
A high-fat diet can actually help people with diabetes.
Cutting down on carbohydrates is key to good blood sugar control,
to recent studies. Traditionally, the NHS has advocated
based on starchy carbohydrates for people with diabetes.
research, however, suggests that might not be the best
Instead, a low-carb diet has been found to make blood
control easier. 8.
Many, many things affect blood sugar levels.
There are many, many factors that affect blood glucose levels, including
sleep, alcohol, sex and stress. There is a massive number of a factors
affect blood glucose levels. The weather. Stress. Sex.
Alcohol. Sleep. Exercise. Flying. Illness. Menstruation.
Food. Steroids. Anti-psychotic medications. Dehydration.
All of these things that can affect your blood glucose levels.
more complicated than simply eating the right food. Diabetes
walking a tightrope with lots of people throwing things at you
wobbling the rope.
Diabetes can affect your sex life too.
can affect sexual performance. For men, there’s
dysfunction, which can be caused by nerve damage,
with retarded ejaculation, reduced sperm quality, and
ejaculation. For the ladies, sexual complications
vaginitis and cystitis. And
Diabetes is Completely Reversible Naturally:
right treatment, you can have your diabetic condition
transformed with a short period of time. Get informed and do
the right and will be happy being in no time.
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