What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition in which the human body does not efficiently use or unable to produce enough insulin.  Insulin is the hormone that helps metabolize nutrition to energy.  Untreated or not managed properly, people with diabetes suffer from high blood-glucose level which can cause damage to nerves, blood vessels, and organs.

There are 3 Major Types of Diabetes:

Type-1, an autoimmune disorder where the body’s immune system destroys the beta cells that produce insulin.

Type-2, is when the human body inefficiently use or resistant to its naturally produced insulin.

Gestational, develops during pregnancy.  Similar to the other types of diabetes, it affects the body’s use of its insulin resulting in high-blood glucose level affecting the pregnancy and baby’s health.

Common Symptoms of Diabetes:

  • Urinating often
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Feeling very hungry even after eating
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Lack of energy
  • Blurry vision
  • Wounds slow to heal
  • Weight loss
  • Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet

Diabetes can lead to many life-threatening complications.  Diabetes is the leading cause of Kidney Failure, Lower Limb Amputations, Loss of Vision, Heart Disease and Stroke.

Around the world, more than 422 million people have diabetes.  That is 1 in 11 persons suffering from diabetes.  Sadly, over 3.8 milion deaths are caused by diabetes and high blood glucose.

We are amidst a Global Diabetes Epidemic!

 

 

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