Understanding Type 2 Diabetes.

Originally posted on December 14, 2020 @ 7:23 am

A hormone called insulin is responsible for taking sugar from the foods that we take, and transfers it to the body cells.  The hormone insulin is secreted by the pancreas, and its work is to lower sugar in the blood stream. If this insulin is not enough, or say, if it becomes resistant, the sugar remains in the blood stream which results to high blood sugar.  Type 2 diabetes is associated with adults who have over forty years, but this is not the case in the current society. It is also affecting children especially those who are obese, the main cause is not really known. However, the disease can be managed by checking our lifestyle, eating well, reducing weight and therapy.

In most cases, the chronic disease is asymptomatic; one may have the disease and live with it for years without knowing. Here are some of the symptoms that you need to check for, frequent urination, blurry vision, hunger, being very thirsty, darkened skin in the neck and armpits and sores healing slowly. Having the symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean that you have type 2 diabetes, visiting a doctor should be an every time action. Here are something’s that risk your chances of getting the type 2 diabetes; obesity, high triglycerides, depression, high blood pressure and also not forgetting smoking.

Having a family history where one of your relatives could be, a parent, sibling or grandparent had or has type 2 diabetes, increases the risk of getting it. Overweight people easily contact type 2 diabetes because being obese causes insulin resistance. This is the case especially to those who store their fat around the abdomen area. Exercising should be a key factor in our lives, yes, it may be tiring but is really helpful to us. With old age, we lose our desire of being active; people add weight because they don’t exercise. This is a big cause of type 2 diabetes; hence we need to engage ourselves in more active activities to escape the disease.

Eating healthy, losing weight, exercising, watching blood sugar levels and being active are some of the ways of managing type 2 diabetes. The doctor may also provide you with some drugs to help you manage your blood sugar. We also need to check on our children’s eating mode, avoid giving them a lot of junk foods, but give them healthy foods. Increasing our fruit intake, avoiding sugary drinks and drinking a lot of water and not forgetting to exercise. We can say that every 1 out of 10 people have diabetes, and most people who have the disease mostly die from stroke.

In conclusion, as we check out for type 2 diabetes, we also need to know that there is  type 1 diabetes, and we need to know the difference between the two. Reduce the amount of calorie intake and refined carbohydrates. Some common medications for type 2 diabetes are; Thiazolidinedione, insulin, Metformin and Sulfonylureas among others. It is important to keep on checking our blood sugars, because the type 2 diabetes also comes with other complications. It affects pregnancies in women, sleep disorders, damage the eyes and ears, and also can damage the brain.

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