Diabetes is a chronic disease, which occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. This leads to an increased concentration of glucose in the blood (hyperglycaemia).
Type 1 diabetes (previously known as insulin-dependent or childhood-onset diabetes) is characterized by a lack of insulin production.
Type 2 diabetes (formerly called non-insulin-dependent or adult-onset diabetes) is caused by the body’s ineffective use of insulin. It often results from excess body weight and physical inactivity.
Gestational diabetes is hyperglycaemia that is first recognized during pregnancy.
Pick it up early and take action.
Between 4-7 mmols/l
Debate about the range is huge.Is this a correct value? Most of the older diabetics like their reading between 7-10 ,especially at night before bed to avoid their levels going too low when they are asleep. If they have a low reading before bedtime some increase their levels with a cracker with jam on,to achieve 10mmols/l. There are global differences about the range as well.
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Increased sugar levels in the blood cause it to become more viscous or thicker and it does not flow as quickly as a balanced system would like. This can affect the blood vessels at the back of the eye (retinopathy) which can lead to visual impairment or blindness.
Diabetics are more prone to heart disease, stroke and blood clots.
Diabetics are prone to kidney failure(nephropathy) Improve kidney function with natural enzymes found in sesame seeds and apricots.
High sugar levels in cellular tissues are a good breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. So take good care of feet, fingers and extremities. Observe any changes and take swift action to the doctors if any changes occur.
Diabetes often causes nerve damage, causing problems with nerve transmission. This can lead to pain or loss of sensation in the feet and ulceration of the legs.
Basically it is not good so early intervention essential with diet, drugs and exercise.