Let's Talk Sugar!

11/13/2012

Sugar is sweet, and in most cases, it's a treat to get. But when we talk about sugar in the blood stream - too much is not a good thing.

Usually a chronic (lifelong) disease, diabetes usually comes about when the pancreas' production of insulin is deficient. Insulin is what removes sugar from your bloodstream and moves it to muscles, fat, and liver cells - giving you energy. When enough insulin isn't being produced, that sugar never makes it to become fuel for your body.


And that is no good.


Most Common Types of Diabetes:

 

Risk Factors of Diabetes:


Type 1 is a bit of a mystery, as direct links to lineage are inconclusive, and there is much debate on certain vaccinations - but no relationships have been confirmed.


Type 2 is almost all about lifestyle. Let's put it this way: over the past 3 decades, type 2 diagnosese have doubled.

Gestational diabetes

 

Symptoms of Diabetes:


High sugar levels can cause several symptoms to show in different areas/aspects of your body and its behavior.

Where there is some danger is in that because type 2 develops at such a slow pace over time, many people don't realize they have it because symptoms either don't show or are extremely slow to show. This is why we constantly suggest healthy lifestyles to reduce your risk.


If you experience the above symptoms, it would be extremely wise for you to contact your doctor and schedule a diabetes test. Find out what's going on - could be nothing, diabetes, or something else. But when these things are happening - your body is talking to you, so listen to it!


Diabetes and the Body:


Diabetes is related to coronary heart disease. By contributing to high blood pressure and its link with high cholesterol, diabetes greatly increases the risk of heart attacks and cardiovascular disease. This also rolls over to raising the likelihood of strokes.


As mentioned above, diabetes can have extremely damaging effects on the eyes. If not properly managed, diabetes will cause blood vessels in the retina to swell and leak. Blindness likely follows.


Diabetes also has debilitating effects on the kidneys, nerves (as mentioned above), digestion, and the skin.


Managing Diabetes:


Looking back over this post, I've been spewing a fair amount of doom and gloom. Let me say that there are many, MANY people with diabetes who live happy and healthy active lifestyles.


In some cases, if caught early enough, type 2 can be reversed with lifestyle changes. Generally, for both type 1 and type 2, treatment involves medicines, diet, and exercise regiments that will help control blood sugar levels.

 

Diabetes is waaaay too common in our world today. Let's do what we can to turn this trend around with more attention paid to what we eat and how we live our lifestyle. While you can definitely live with it, diabetes is a burden with too many potentially serious risks. Keep an active lifestyle and a body weight that doesn't put you at risk.


Take Care,


Dr. Mohanned Azzam