Are You At Risk For Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease where the
body cannot properly produce or use insulin. Insulin
is a hormone that turns the foods you eat into
energy. If your body cannot turn food into energy,
not only will your cells be starved for energy, you
will also build up glucose (sugar) in your blood.
This will lead you to have "high blood glucose
levels." Over years, the high blood glucose level
can damage major organs like your heart, eyes, and
Types of Diabetes:
Type 1 Diabetes is caused by a
total lack of insulin that in turn, produces high
blood glucose levels. Type 1 is most often is seen
in children, but can develop in adults. If you have
Type 1, your health care provider might recommend
scheduled, nutritious meals, exercise, medication,
and frequent blood sugar level tests.
Type 2 Diabetes occurs when the body does not
produce enough insulin or cannot properly use
insulin. This is the most common type. The treatment
may be similar to Type 1.
Pre Diabetes or Borderline Diabetes may occur before
a Type 2 diagnosis. Blood glucose levels will be
higher than normal. Good nutrition and exercise may
be recommended by your health care provider as
treatment for pre diabetes. Even a slightly high
blood sugar level is insidious and could affect
major organs over time.
Gestational Diabetes occurs in pregnant women that
have high blood glucose levels. This type of
Diabetes can harm both Mother and baby. If you have
Gestational Diabetes, your health care provider may
prescribe meal plans, exercise, daily testing and