Do I Have Diabetes?

Hello All, today we are going to look at Diabetes, do you have it? What is it? How does it affect you? There are an awful lot off people who have it but don’t know it.

What we will cover :

What is pre diabetes 

How is it treated 

What is type 2 diabetes 

How can it be treated 

What is Type 1 diabetes 

What is the treatment 

What is gestational diabetes 

How is it treated 

Why do insulin problems happen 

If, you have diabetes you are more likely to suffer from 

Diet and exercise advice 

My Final Thoughts 

 

What Is Pre Diabetes

Pre diabetes is a condition where your  blood sugar levels are higher than normal.  It is not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes as yet, but if you don’t make changes then it can become type 2. (1)

How Is It Treated

  • Eating a diet that is full of fiber
  • Taking regular exercise
  • losing weight
  • You may be prescribed some medications


What Is Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a very common condition that causes the levels of sugar in the blood to become very  high. It can also cause symptoms like extreme thirst, needing to urinate a lot more and feeling very tired. It can also cause very serious problems with your eyes, heart and nerves If left untreated. (4)

How can it be treated 

certain people who have type 2 diabetes can reach their target blood sugar levels with just diet and exercise alone, but others may also require diabetes medications or insulin therapy. The decision about which medications are best depends on many factors, including your glucose level and any other related  health problems you have.6)

What Is Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes, is also known as juvenile diabetes or can be called insulin-dependent diabetes, it is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Insulin is a hormone needed by the body to allow sugar to enter the cells to produce energy. (5)

What is the treatment 

  1. Using insulin, normally injections.
  2. Carbohydrate, fat and protein control
  3. Frequent blood sugar monitoring tests Carried out.
  4. Making sure to Eat healthy foods.
  5. Exercising frequently and maintaining a healthy body weight. (7)

 

 

New Baby

What Is Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes, occurs when you are pregnant, it means your blood sugar levels rise. It generally goes away once you have had your baby. (2)

If you suffer from it when you are  pregnant you have more chance of contracting Type 2 in later life. (3)

How is it Treated

The treatment for gestational diabetes depends on your blood glucose levels. In a lot of people, gestational diabetes can be treated with lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise. In some cases, it may be necessary to take oral medication such as metformin (Glucophage, Glumetza) or insulin that you inject to lower your blood sugar levels.

 

 

 

Blood Test

Why  Do Insulin problems Happen

Doctors are not sure what causes type 1 diabetes, what they do know is this :

Insulin allows the glucose from the  food we eat to access the cells in their body to supply energy. Insulin resistance is usually a result of,

  1. People have genes or an environment that make it more likely that they are unable to make enough insulin to cover how much glucose they eat.
  2. The body makes To much insulin to process the excessive  blood glucose.
  3. The pancreas is unable to keep up with the increased demands, and the excess blood sugar starts to circulate in the blood, causing damage.
  4. Over time, insulin becomes less effective at introducing glucose to cells, and blood sugar levels continue to rise.

In the case of type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance Is a gradual process . This is why doctors often recommend making lifestyle changes in an attempt to slow or reverse thie condition. (8)

If, you have diabetes you are more likely to suffer from :

  • strokes
  • kidney disease
  • nerve damage
  • foot issues
  • heart disease
  • dental disease
  • eye issues

Diet and exercise advice 

Eating a healthy diet high in nutritious foods,such as nuts, vegetables, whole grains, fruit, lean proteins and healthy fat sources.

  • Avoiding high-sugar foods that provide empty calories, such as fizzy drinks, avoiding fried foods, and sugary desserts.
  • Not drinking alcohol to excess or keeping the  intake to less than one a day for women or two a day for men.
  • Doing at least 30 minutes exercise a day at least 5 days of the week, such as of walking, skipping, riding a bicycle or swimming.
  • Learning how to Recognize the signs of low blood sugar when exercising, including dizziness, weakness, and intense sweating.

Slow and steady weight loss are more likely to help a person retain long-term benefits, which can help some people with type 2 diabetes manage the condition without the need for medication.(9)

My Final Thoughts 

Having any form of diabetes can be very dangerous for the sufferor, if you think you may have some of the symptoms it’s imperative that you speak to a medical professional. Having a simple blood test can give you the answer.

With the exception of Type 1 diabetes which is irreversible, the other types can be controlled by diet, exercise and supplements development for this purpose.

I wish to thank you for reading this article, if you want to leave a comment or a question you can do so below, I love hearing from you and I will always reply back. If you know anyone else who would benefit from reading this then please feel free to share it.

Take great care of yourself because you are worth it.

Lisa.

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Sources of information

Source (1) https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/prediabetes/symptoms-causes/syc-20355278

Source (2) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/gestational-diabetes/

Source (3) https://www.marchofdimes.org/complications/gestational-diabetes.aspx

Source (4) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/type-2-diabetes/

Source (5) https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/type-1-diabetes/symptoms-causes/syc-20353011

Source (6) https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/type-2-diabetes/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20351199

Source (7) https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/type-1-diabetes/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353017

Sources (8 and 9) https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323627

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7 thoughts on “Do I Have Diabetes?”

  1. As an online consumer and one who reads a lot, I found your article on Diabetes extremely helpful. I have type two, so I understand clearly your post.

    It is very concise, as so many of your articles are. You make things so clear in lay terms.
    The layout of your site, as a whole is very easy to navigate. I will happily recommend people to check out your site. Carson

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    • Hi Carson,
      I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a great comment, my mum has type 2 and my sister has pre diabetes, I had gestational. We will probably end up with type 2.
      Thank you very much for the compliments on the article and the site.

      Lisa.

      Reply
  2. Very good blog, Lisa. A lot of people will take away great info from this.
    Good Luck with your Health campaign. It’s a great way to get started today.

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  3. Thank you for this article on diabetes. It may not be a vast article going into the nitty-gritty of it all only what it does provide is an overview and concise information on what Diabetes is and how it can be counteracted in bite-size chunks of information.

    As you say rightly it requires you to be ruthlessly strict with your diet and exercise which requires healthy forming habits that are absolutely necessary to commit to in daily routines and the best way to think about it is exactly as you say you have to concentrate on your healthy well being. If you don’t then you are never going to commit to the necessary steps to routines to adhere to and keep it under control. Unfortunately, those that don’t pay high prices in the areas you list as being affected.

    Rami.

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    • Hello Rami,

      Thank you very much for reading and commenting.
      I prefer to keep the posts shorter but covering the important points.
      A lot of people don’t like super long articles and I’m one of them.

      It’s great to hear that you enjoyed the post.

      Lisa

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  4. This is a question I often ask myself… Do I have diabetes? Pre-diabetes is what I wonder about as I have a less than healthy relationship with sugar. I tend to over-indulge and start to feel pretty unwell. Sometimes I manage to go months without sugar and I feel so much better but I have always gone back to over-indulging. Thank you for your focus on health and wellbeing on your beautiful feel-good site.

    Reply

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