there are milllions of people in the world today that have a disease that some may not even know they have. I am talking about Diabetes. there are 2 types of Diabetes. There is Type I and Type 2. Type 1 usually starts during the juvenile age and type 2 is usually adult onset. It is improtant for everyone to be tested for this disease.
Diabetes, if left untreated, can lead to blindness, organ failure, stroke, heart trouble and various other complications.
It is important to watch your carbohydrate intake and also the portion sizes of foods that you eat. For women, diabetic or not, we should consume 45-60 grams of carbohydrates per meal. Men should eat aroun 60 per meal.
Potatoes, rice, and breads need to be eaten in moderation and not very hefty portions either.
Type 1 Diabetics are more than likely going to have to use insulin because their bodies do not produce any insulin at all. Type 2 Diabetics, the body produces insulin, but it is not enough to do the job that is needed to help break down the glucose that comes from the foods you eat. Most Type 2 are treated with oral medications and some have to take both medication in the form of pills and insulin, it depends on their levels.
All Diabetics have to have the HbA1C test done every 3 months and this gives your doctor information letting them know how your sugars have been within the last 3-4 months. The ADA suggests that this level be 6% or lower.
Any level over 6, they say that action is needed. Especially if your level is a 7-8%, immediate action is required to get you out of the dangerous zone.
If you feel that you may be diabetic, or have some of the symptoms of diabetes, which are eXTREME THIRST, HUNGRY ALL THE TIME, FREQUENT URINATION, AND FATIGUE A LOT, THEN as a patient that already has this disease, I urge you to go and talk with your doctor and get tested. Get your children tested early too.
A lot of children are OVERWEIGHT, and this is a sign that Daibetes may be developing in our youngsters too.
So here's a tip----Get Checked so you can live a healthy and productive life.
I urge anyone that has any signs of diabetes in their current lifestyle to get tested about this disease.
Your doctor can test you one of two ways. One is by drawing a blood sample and another is to check the amount of ketones in your urine. Neither test is painful in any way.
Also there is an importnat test that is very important to stay on top of and this is the HbA1C test that I mentioned earlier. Please get checked if you have any family history of diabetes, you do not have to be FAT or overweight to have this disease. Best of Luck to all who may think that they have this. It is not curable but it is treatable and you can live a normal life with this disease. From a diabetic that has had this since 1995. I have been diabetic 12 years now.