What Is Diabetes?
Diabetes affects millions of people across the globe. You are said to be suffering from diabetes when your body is prevented from making enough insulin and using it properly. Insulin is made by the pancreas to move glucose out of your blood and into your cells. Watch this video to learn more.
What is prediabetes?
Prediabetes occur when your blood glucose level is higher than normal but not high enough to mean that you have diabetes. It is often called impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose. You are more at risk of prediabetes if you are over forty, overweight, have a history of diabetes in your family or of Aborigine, Hispanic, African or Asian descent. This video will show you more.
Understanding what causes Diabetes
Although finding out that you have diabetes may be scary there is no reason to panic. People with diabetes are more than capable of leading long and healthy lives. There are two basic ways by which a person may diabetes. The first way is where the pancreas does not produce sufficient amount of insulin to match the sugar entering the blood stream. The other will be better explained by the video above.
Causes of Diabetes
Whenever carbohydrates are consumed, the body breaks them down into glucose. In a normal body, the pancreas produces insulin that serves as a key opening the doors of the cells to receive this glucose. In a person with diabetes, the story is slightly altered. Watch this video to find out more.
Signs and symptoms of Diabetes
Usually when people have diabetes they suddenly discover that they are losing weight without trying or urinating more than usual. They also experience frequent thirst or tiredness, blurry vision, dry or itchy skin, tingling sensations in the hands and sores that do not heal well. Weight loss in diabetes usually occurs in people with type 1 diabetes as the body tries to derive its energy for fat since it cannot lay its hands on sugar. This video contains more information.
Know If You’re at Risk of Diabetes
Diabetes occurs where the body is produce enough insulin or have it function properly. Most people have no idea that they have diabetes. The common symptoms of diabetes are increased thirst, increased urination, weight loss despite good diet, burred vision, nerve pain in hands and feet. This video has extra tidbits of information.
Diabetes: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment
This video uses artistic imagery to explain what causes diabetes. It also lists the symptoms normally associated with diabetes, how diabetes may be diagnosed and ways of treating diabetes. This is a must watch video for all wanting to learn the basics of diabetes and how it may be treated.
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is one of the two main types of diabetes. This condition occurs where the body produces little or no insulin preventing glucose from entering the cells and being converted into energy. It remains in the bloodstream as a result. A person with type 1 diabetes should take steps to monitor his blood glucose level. Click on this video for more instructions.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes occurs when your pancreas does not produce enough insulin and your cells are more resistant to the insulin being produced. This means it is more difficult for glucose to enter your cells. This leads to high blood glucose level. Watch this video to learn more.
Difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
Most of those diagnosed with type 1 are diagnosed as adolescents and teenagers whilst those with type 2 are diagnosed as adults. However, both types of diabetes can be controlled with regular exercise as well as maintaining a healthy diet.
Understanding Gestational Diabetes
Did you know that there are approximately 200,000 cases of gestational diabetes in the United States annually? As gestational diabetes affects both the woman and her baby, that is 400,000 people annually. Gestational diabetes occurs in women in the late stages of their pregnancy. It occurs when the blood contains a high glucose level. More information can be found in this video.
Diabetes During Pregnancy
Gestational diabetes occurs when the pancreas cannot make enough insulin for pregnancy. Although gestational diabetes is temporary, it has a tendency to develop into type 1 and type 2 diabetes. One of the safest ways of combating gestational diabetes is following a healthy meal plan. Watch this video to find out more.
Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia
Hypoglycemia occurs when your glucose level is too low. On the other hand, hyperglycemia occurs when blood glucose gets too high. This can cause damage to parts of your body. Keeping your blood glucose level in balance, neither too low nor high, can prevent hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia. Watch this video to find out more.