Diabetes - Introduction
Diabetes is a very serious disease. Left unchecked, it can bring serious consequences including death. Fortunately, it is a disease that can be managed. Unfortunately most of the people who have diabetes do not know that they have it and hence do not treat it till it become very late. If you suspect you have diabetes, it is very important that you get prompt professional attention and to determine whether you suffer from this.
Over 100 million people suffer from diabetes in the world. In the United States, it is believed that over 14 million people suffer from diabetes. That includes people of all ages, from children to the elderly. The American Diabetes Association estimates that 6 percent of the general U.S. population over age 40 has been found to have diabetes-and an equal amount has not been diagnosed yet.
People with Type II diabetes are at higher risk of vision and kidney problems, heart disease and nerve damage. More than 90 percent of the time, lifestyle changes such as losing weight, cutting back on fat and getting daily exercise can help keep your blood sugar levels in line. (see: Lifestyle Changes Can Prevent Diabetes ) If you have diabetes, follow your doctor's advice. The natural and Complementary remedies discussed in this website-used in conjunction with medical care and with your doctor's approval-may help stabilize your blood sugar levels and, in many cases, reduce the need for taking medications or insulin injections. (Do not stop taking medications or alter insulin injections without first consulting and getting approval from your medical professional.)
Symptoms of Diabetes
Diabetes Can Be Life Threatening
Diabetes is believed to be the nation's third or fourth leading cause of death. It makes the sufferer susceptible to serious complications that can lead to death.
The circulatory system. According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes leads to coronary heart disease, stroke and circulation problems in the hands and feet. These conditions are two to four times more common in people with diabetes, and they account for most of their hospitalizations. Heart attacks, hardening of the arteries, strokes, poor circulation in the feet, amputations-these are concrete and common examples of diabetes damage.
The kidneys. Diabetes is the leading cause of end- stage kidney disease.
The eyes. Diabetic eye disease, or diabetic retinopathy, is the major cause of new vision loss in Americans 20 to 74 years old, according to the National Eye Institute.
The nervous system. Nerve cells may be disturbed or damaged, causing severe pain or loss of feeling-a condition known as neuropathy.
Many people have the false belief that Type II diabetes is not very serious. But it is not so. In 1986, 144,000 people died as a result of type-II diabetes in the US, and 951,000 were totally disabled. In 1986, the economic cost of type- II diabetes in the United States was estimated at $19.8 billion. Of that, $4.8 billion was spent on treating related conditions and complications-primarily cardiovascular conditions that manifested themselves in heart attacks, hardening of the arteries and strokes. Circulatory problems, such as poor circulation in the feet, leading to amputation, are also common in type- II diabetes.
Diabetes is a very serious disease and should be treated as such. In nearly all situations, people with diabetes require, at a minimum, routine medical treatment- including daily self-care. Through scrupulous attention to a healthy lifestyle and a strong commitment to maintaining target blood-sugar levels, diabetic people can significantly slow down the degenerative process.
Left unchecked, diabetes shortens life. It is not a condition that goes away.
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