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November of every year is diabetes awareness month. It is a time for people who believe they could be diabetic to get tested and those wanting to learn more about the disease to become educated with new information. For those that already have the disease it is time to share knowledge and do all that can be done to stay well and even help fight the condition. After all, life is precious and living one as healthily as possible even with a delicate condition such as diabetes is important for happiness and longevity.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition that causes the body to process food improperly. For a healthy body, it can take food, break it down into sugar that is converted into energy. We need this energy to thrive and do the daily tasks in everyday life. Therefore, getting tested for diabetes and getting it treated properly if the diagnoses comes back positive is essential for controlling it so you can be as healthy as you possible can.
With that said, there are two forms of diabetes. There is type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is known as insulin-dependent diabetes and it commonly effects children and young adults. With this form of diabetes, the body is unable to produce insulin, which is a hormone the body needs for energy. The only real treatment for this type of diabetes is insulin therapies, proper diet and plenty of exercise.
Type 2 diabetes is when the body causes the sugar in blood levels to rise higher than it needs to be. This is because the body isn’t using insulin properly. Treatment for this form of diabetics is insulin therapies, proper diet, moderate exercise, oral medications, and glucose testing daily.
How is diabetes diagnosed?
Diabetes is diagnosed by visiting your doctor for testing. The doctor can discover if you have diabetes through urine and blood testing. Sometimes a diagnosis can be discovered by patient’s symptoms which are constant thirst, increased appetite, fatigue, fruity smelling breath, weight loss and frequent urination.
Is diabetes preventable?
Type 1 diabetes is not preventable. The causes are unknown, but one might be genetics. Type 2 diabetes on the other hand is preventable with daily exercise, a healthy diet, plenty of rest and keeping the body well hydrated and purified with water. Type 2 diabetes is typically caused by obesity and eating excessive amounts of sodium and sugar.
What are some end thoughts to keep in mind?
If you or a love one believe you could have diabetes November is the month to go get tested and get the help needed to be well. It is also a time for those effected by diabetes to share what they know about living with the disease to help educate others that want to learn more about it.