Before we start into what type of diabetes you have let us talk a little bit about the statistics of diabetes.
Many people do not realize that diabetes, known as America’s silent killer, affects over 25 million Americans. Data from the 2011 fact sheet released January 26, 2011 tell us that there are 18.8 million people diagnosed with diabetes and an additional 7 million undiagnosed with diabetes. Also 79 million people are pre-diabetic. Just these facts alone should concern all Americans about diabetes.
Diabetes does not seem to be gender biased. There are 13 million men and 12.6 million women ages 20 or over who have diabetes. Some of the complications that are associated with diabetes are: heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease, Neuropathy and amputation. The cost for diabetes to the American economy is $58 million in indirect costs (disability, work loss, premature mortality) and 116 billion for direct medical costs. That is a total of $174 billion that adversely affects our economy.
Type I Diabetes
The three main types of diabetes are type I, type II and Gestation Diabetes. Let’s start with type I diabetes. This is often referred to as juvenile diabetes it is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. Only 5% of the people that have diabetes have type I diabetes. There are symptoms: having blurry eyesight, being thirsty, feeling fatigued or tired, frequent urination, dry mouth and skin, deep rapid breathing, stomach pain car just some of them. The onset can just happen. I believe that this is the most dangerous type of diabetes. The reason is the body does not produce insulin. The pancreas is where the hormone insulin is produced and it is needed to convert sugar, starches, and other food into energy.
It is believed that the body’s immune system attacks the pancreas and prevents from producing insulin; this is what makes this of diabetes different from all the others. What makes this so dangerous is without insulin to convert what we eat to energy the brain is starved for food and can stop functioning properly. Which eventually will lead to loss of consciousness and then coma, resulting in death.
Type II Diabetes
Moving on to type II diabetes the most common type of diabetes is usually preceded by symptoms as an example thirst and frequent urination, extreme hunger, blurred vision, frequent infections and cuts and bruises that are slow to heal. Type II may also have all the symptoms of Type I. Some timed this type maybe treated with my life style changes like diet and exercise. As it progresses medicine will be added to help the body produce more insulin and use what insulin is available. If the medicine stops functioning the way your doctor wants you well be moved to insulin.
Gestational diabetes may be developed during pregnancy around the 24th week. This does not mean that you had diabetes before you conceived, or that after giving birth you will have diabetes. When pregnant the hormones produced by pregnancy can block insulin. Some of the things that can put you at greater risk are: family history of diabetes, and high blood pressure, were overweight before pregnancy or are older than 25 when you are pregnant. Some of the symptoms are: increased urination, fatigue, increased thirst, blurred vision and nausea or vomiting.
With all forms of diabetes followed your doctor’s directions and you should be able to live a rich life style with only minor modifications. It is important to remember that no matter what type of diabetes you have always followed your doctor’s direct action.