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What You Need to Know about Diabetes


Diabetes is a metabolic disorder.  People with diabetes can’t produce the correct levels of insulin from their pancreases; since insulin is needed to break down glucose found in foods, people who are diabetic must take medication and/or follow special diets to deal with (or try to reverse) this health condition. There are two forms of diabetes, and these are commonly known as Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. The scientific name for Type 1 diabetes is diabetes mellitus. Type 2 diabetes is also referred to as gestational diabetes. The first form of diabetes is regarded to being the most serious, and the second form is the most commonly diagnosed form of diabetes.


Anyone who suspects that they suffer from one of the forms of diabetes must see a doctor to be examined and diagnosed. Since untreated diabetes of any subtype may produce serious side effects, including nerve damage, problems with eyesight, skin rashes, and even diabetic comas, proper medical care is incredibly important. Due to the frightening side effects of diabetes (which are the result of elevated glucose levels over an extended time period), many people are quite anxious when faced with the possibility that they may have diabetic conditions. In some cases, people may actually shrink away from seeking out proper medical care from a licensed doctor, simply because they are scared of being diagnosed with the disease. Of course, this is the worst thing to do when diabetes is suspected…


Anyone who is suffering from symptoms of diabetes, such as excessive urination, thirst that is almost impossible to quench, and feelings or tiredness or malaise, should visit a doctor to get help. While being diagnosed with diabetes is never pleasant for anyone, the right doctor will have the skills and training needed to help a diabetic person manage their disease. In time, it will be possible to feel good again, and to become adept at self-care that assists with better health and wellness. Living with diabetes is a journey – many celebrities, such as actress and model Halle Berry, and tennis player Billie Jean King, have lived with diabetes for decades. These women have learned to follow the proper diet and to keep themselves fit – their self-discipline is combined with proper medical care for the best possible results.


If you suspect you are diabetic, don’t despair – instead, become more proactive about your own health. While there will always be a “grief” reaction when you or a loved one is diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, this will pass as you become more knowledgeable about the disease and how to live with it. Education is the key to understanding diabetes and controlling its effects on your body, or on the body of someone you care about. Sometimes, people who suffer from this disease may become depressed – this is quite normal, and you should never feel bad about negative feelings and thoughts related to a diabetic condition; the best way to deal with dark emotions triggered by a diabetes diagnosis is by speaking to your medical doctor, who may refer you to a therapist.


Every day, more research and study is being done, with a mind to finding a cure for diabetes. At this time, there is no cure, but someday, there will be a solution to this metabolism disorder. Getting involved with diabetes charity drives and support groups is another excellent way to learn about the disease and find likeminded friends who also live with diabetes.