“All types of Diabetes are treatable.”
There is a great misconception about Diabetes, but why? How is it possible that Diabetes is one of the deadliest disease which effects 8.8% of our population (422 million people!) and still people do not know about its seven different types. And it is a very accurate question since almost everyone knows about HIV/AIDS which effects “only” 35 million people globally, which is a much lower number compared to the 422 million Diabetics.
No, Diabetes is not about obesity. It is much more than that. Not to mention that many people having Diabetes are not even fat. It is important that people with Diabetes, pre-Diabetes, their loved ones, employers and schools have an accurate picture of this life threatening disease.
Diabetes effects women during pregnancy, it effects children from early ages, it is the reason for men to underperform in sexual activities, it is the 5th leading cause related to death of women and the 8th leading cause of death in overall in people’s life.
So what is Diabetes really?
A silent (but treatable) killer, a form of “cancer”. Something which definitely messes up your life and all of those who care about you. Why? Because it effects everyone starting from the pregnancy, through the young years until the elderly age. And it is definitely not just a lifestyle choice.
Just think about how could an infant choose a life-long disease when their parents are perfectly healthy?
However on the sunny side Diabetes is treatable and in 90% of the cases you have a great chance to get rid of it which sounds promising.
Medically speaking Diabetes, often referred to by doctors as Diabetes Mellitus, describes a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), either because insulin production is inadequate, or because the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both.
Patients with high blood sugar will typically experience polyuria (frequent urination), they will become increasingly thirsty (polydipsia) and hungry (polyphagia).
Diabetes has seven different types and only one of them is related to your lifestyle, which is called Type 2 Diabetes.
This is the one which effects the elderly people and is mostly diagnosed with overweighted people. Also this is where we can observe that the vast majority of patients with Type 2 Diabetes initially had Pre-Diabetes. Their blood glucose levels where higher than normal, but not high enough to merit a Diabetes diagnosis. Later on the cells in the body become more and more resistant to insulin.
Studies have indicated that even at the Pre-Diabetes stage some damage to the circulatory system and the heart may already have occurred. This is also the reason why it is important to notice early the signs.
So let’s see the seven different types of Diabetes:
- Type 1, is the juvenile Diabetes which usually effects children in a very early age, a condition where the body does not produce enough insulin.
- Type 1.5, is a form of Type 1 Diabetes that occurs in adults.
- Pre-Diabetes, when the blood glucose levels are high but not high enough for a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes.
- Type 2, usually effects elderly and obese people, a condition where the body produces insulin but can not use it well.
- Type 3, is a proposed term for Alzheimer’s disease resulting in an insulin resistance in the brain.
- Gestational Diabetes, which affects females during the pregnancy, it is a temporary condition.
- Diabetes Insipidus, caused by either hormonal or kidney problems.
Interestingly from the 422 million people all around the world suffering from Diabetes almost 90% has the Type 2 Diabetes. Still, the true misconception lies in the fact that only one of the seven Diabetes types is related to your lifestyle, the Type 2 Diabetes.
All types of Diabetes are treatable. Which is a good news, however the dark side is that there is no officially announced cure yet. However while the Type 1 lasts lifetime long, the Type 2 might be treatable even without serious medications. For example there are many people who managed to get rid of their symptoms through a combination of exercise, diet and body weight control.
There are other, medical ways as well such as gastric bypass surgery can reverse Type 2 Diabetes in a high proportion of patients, but this is just one of the many.
Facts & Myths
Myth: Diabetes is a nuisance, but not serious.
Fact: Two thirds of Diabetes patients die prematurely from stroke or heart disease. The life expectancy of a person with Diabetes is from five to ten years shorter than that of other people. Diabetes is a serious disease.
Treatment with Diabetes is highly important because the lack of care can have serious consequences.
Diabetes can lead to complications in many parts of the body such as stroke, blindness, heart attack, kidney failure, amputations and increase the risk of dying prematurely. However people can live a long and healthy life when their Diabetes is detected and well-managed.
Present website is a collection of the basic information and vocabulary of Diabetes in order to ensure you a better understanding of this disease. It will also help you to fully understand it and by this to create for yourself a better quality of life.
We are not doctors, however we believe that being a victim also qualifies us to understand what is happening with our own body and with our fellow sufferers. So we created this website as a form of common knowledge and collection of Diabetes vocabulary.
Tt is good to know that a related educational book is also available free of charge since the main objective was to create an educational book reaching out to as many people as possible. So please feel free to download it and share it with as many people as possible because the ability to care for over 422 Million Diabetic people is a game changer.
Researched, collected and written by Zsolt Szemerszky
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