Written by Amy Pusey (last updated April 17, 2009)
A metabolic disorder, Diabetes develops when the pancreas is not working properly, and either is producing too little insulin or none all together. This a problem because in order for the body to receive the fuel it needs to function, the food we digest must be broken down into the glucose (sugar) that enters our bloodstream, and from there the insulin generated by the pancreas distributes it into the cells throughout the body. When there is not enough insulin to move the sugar from our blood, the sugar builds up, and the excess is excreted through the urine. Therefore, the body loses its energy source because it does not have the insulin required to help feed the body.
In order to understand the causes of Diabetes, it is important to learn that there are three types of the disorder. Each type originates from varying reasons, with the end result of insulin no longer being effectively produced. The categories of Diabetes are:
If you are concerned that you might be a candidate for developing Type 2 Diabetes, there are several symptoms that you can look to identify. When facing a possible health-altering disorder, no symptom should ever be viewed as irrelevant or too minor to be a concern to your doctor. A diabetic sufferer may demonstrate any, or all, of the following:
A word to the wise, it is critical that when any type of Diabetes is diagnosed, all treatment plans should be properly followed. When Diabetes is left untreated, the results can be life-changing or worse, life-threatening. Without proper medical treatment, diabetics place themselves at risk for:
Warning Signs—Seek Immediate Medical Assistance! You or someone you know is exhibiting symptoms of nausea, excessive thirst, frequent urination, unusual deep or rapid breathing, are physically weak, and have developed a sweet and acidic odor to your breath. These are associated with Ketoacidosis, which is a life-threatening complication of Type 1 Diabetes.
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