Do you know what Diabetes is and what causes it?
Diabetes is a metabolism disorder. And what is metabolism? It is the way the body uses digested food for growth and energy. Most of the food people eat is broken down into glucose, which is the main source of fuel for the body. Glucose is what is known as sugar in the blood.
So this is actually what happens when a person eats: as the food is digested by the stomach, glucose passes into the bloodstream. Now for glucose to be able to get into the cells, it needs insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, a large gland behind the stomach.
People with diabetes, however, face a problem because their pancreases are not functioning as they should. In this condition, the pancreas either produces little or no insulin at all, or the cells do not respond properly to the insulin that is produced. When this happens, glucose builds up in the blood, overflows, and passes into the urine, out of the body. Because of this, the body loses its most important source of fuel even though the blood contains large amounts of sugar.
Know the Symptoms of Diabetes
Here are just some of the diabetic symptoms that people should all watch out for.
The Need to Urinate Frequently. One of the signs of diabetes is the constant urge to urinate.
The Need to Take In More Liquid or to Drink More Water. This symptom is a direct result of the frequent urination. Because the body expels liquid through urine above the normal frequency, the body sends a signal to the brain that it needs to replenish itself with fluids, hence the feeling of excessive thirst and the need to drink more water.
Constant Need to Feed. People with diabetes always have the need or feel the need to eat. What makes this feeling unique and different from a normal need or desire to eat is the feeling of urgency it brings. This condition is brought about by the loss of glucose in the blood. There simply is not enough fuel in the bloodstream to feed the need of the body, that’s why the body gives an urgent signal to the brain that it has to eat more, and urgently, because the body is longing for more energy, something that food can provide.
Infections. People with diabetes will notice that when they get bruises or cuts, these cuts and bruises takes a much longer time to heal. This is because the body’s immune system is compromised and is beginning to weaken.
Depression. Although this is quite a psychological concern, it is also considered to be a sign of diabetes. The inability of the body to process sugars in the blood affects the function of the brain, which leads to mood swings and depression.
Blurry Vision and Poor Eyesight. The cells in the body begin to malfunction because of the low level of glucose or blood sugar. The cells are unable to absorb essential vitamins and minerals which the body needs for it to function efficiently.
So, if you’re experiencing any of these signs, better have yourself checked by a doctor. Diabetes is a medical condition that needs to be taken seriously and attended to properly.