Contrary to what many people think, diabetes is not caused by excessive sugar consumption per se. Diabetes is when the body is unable to control blood sugar levels.
There are two types of diabetes, type 1, which is more common in children and young adults, and arises when the pancreas stops producing insulin, which is the hormone responsible for controlling blood sugar levels. As for type 2 diabetes, there is insulin production by the pancreas but it is not effective.
Diabetes is a silent disease, which means that we have to pay attention to the signs, or even control the amount of sugar in the blood on a routine basis, especially when we are at greater risk in one or more of the situations below.
At an early-stage diabetes may not show any marked signs, but we need to be on the lookout for signs such as a dry mouth or excessive cravings for water, frequent urination, excessive hunger, frequent infections, or wounds that are slow to heal. If you suspect that you have diabetes, the most recommended thing is to seek medical assistance to do the screening.
Diabetes is a silent and chronic disease, and when it is not treated and controlled, other very serious complications can arise, such as cardiovascular disease, damage to the nerves, liver, or eyesight, or even the gums in the mouth.
How to control
The good news is that to manage diabetes beyond the recommended medication, there are some simple lifestyle changes that can radically reverse the consequences of diabetes on our bodies.
It is essential to have a healthy lifestyle, controlling the quantity and quality of sugars and other nutrients, avoiding sedentary lifestyle, excess alcohol and tobacco. Patients with this chronic disease should periodically check blood glucose values and be reassessed by a physician for medication adjustment.
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