Diabetes is a silent, progressive killer if it goes unnoticed. The disease has been around for a very long time, it is serious and fatal. There is no permanent remedy for the disease however, if it is detected in its early stages it can be controlled and prevented from causing life threatening complications. Diabetics must get over the initial shock of the diagnosis quickly and don a positive attitude. It is not the end of the world as many diabetics are known to lead a long and healthy life.
The early symptoms are inconspicuous and very often the person will not even be aware of the presence of the disease. When this happens, the damage has already begun. One normally tends to ignore a mild change that occurs in the body but it should not be taken lightly if it happens repeatedly. Neglect can cause severe, irrevocable damage. As the disease progresses it causes nerve damage (leading to gangrene and amputations), heart disease and strokes, kidney damage and even blindness.
Diabetes has been divided into three categories namely Type1 or Juvenile diabetes, Type 2 diabetes and Gestational diabetes. The inability of the pancreas to produce the right amount of insulin required by the body for the conversion of glucose into energy causes a major upheaval in the body. Sometimes the pancreas produces no insulin at all or an insufficient quantity of it. This hormone is of prime importance as it initiates the conversion process. Type 1 diabetes targets children and young adults. They are insulin dependant. Type 2 diabetes is most common; here the diabetic is not dependant on insulin but a change in food habits and regular exercise help immensely. Gestational diabetes zeroes in on women during the term of their pregnancy. This passes once the child is born.
In the case of Gestational diabetes however the child faces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the later stage of his or her life. Some symptoms that attention should be paid to are blurry vision, extreme thirst, increased appetite, unusual weight loss or gain, recurring vaginal and bladder infections, fatigue, tiredness, slow healing wounds or bruises, nausea, vomiting, gum infections (redness, swelling this is because the gums pull away from the teeth, making the teeth loose, also pockets of pus form in the gums), foot damage may also occur, numbness, tingling or burning sensations in the hands and feet, sexual dysfunction, frequent urination (especially at night) and genital itching or recurrent thrush.
Whatever symptoms make their presence felt it needs to be dealt with immediately. One should not discriminate against a diabetic as that further damages their psyche; instead support and encouragement should be given. Never put someone down when they are already down, you wouldn’t want to be in their position. It is essential for the diabetic to have a good relationship with the physician and cooperate with the recommendations. Life is beautiful and challenging for everyone whether he or she is diabetic or not, the choice to exploit it is upon the individual. Live life to the fullest and it will give you a good deal.
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