Diabetes is a complex disease which results in halting the process of production of insulin in bodies. Insulin is important as it allows our bodies to consume and store the energy that our body gets from carbs present in food. It is a commonly known disease but there are facts that are unknown to many.
Listed are the 10 facts about diabetes that you probably don’t know.
- “Diabetes Mellitus” is the original term used to denote diabetes. The term ‘diabetes’ has its origin from the Greek language which refers to frequent urination. And ‘Mellitus,’ means sweet. So, the words diabetes Mellitus actually mean “sweet urine”. Both are the key indications of the disease.
- In older days, diabetes testing was a weird job. Doctors would taste the urine to check if it was sweet. People were hired to taste urine to see if diabetes were there. They were known as “water tasters.” The other measures used were checking if the urine appealed flies and ants.
- Diabetes has an effect on each and every part of the body and can lead to severe health problems. Starting from eyes to toes, it can lead to complications like blindness and blurred vision, kidney failure, damage to the blood vessels that carry blood to the nerves, skin dryness and sensitivity, ulcers and in severe cases amputation.
- Heart diseases and blindness increases almost 50% in case of diabetics. Increased sugar levels in the blood damage the cells resulting in impairment of blood flow. When these blood cells and vessels are affected, it may lead to heart attack.
- Another surprising fact is that not only can humans suffer from diabetes but also our canines and felines can develop it as well. It’s mainly because of the same reasons it does in humans—diet, genetics and improper exercise. They also need to maintain their insulin levels just like humans. There are injectable as well as oral medications available for our furry friends.
- There are three identified types of diabetes, and probably much more which are not yet discovered. They are (1)Type I diabetes which is totally separated from lifestyle and typically in young children suffer from it. (2)Type II is linked to lifestyle and unhealthy habits like prolonged stress, binging and eating too much and majorly, of course, the lack of exercise. (3) Gestational diabetes which the pregnant women may develop which is obviously dangerous to the mother and the child both. Most likely it improves after birth.
- Diabetics are most likely known to develop depression wherein they lose their confidence and endure a number of mood swings. This can further thwart diabetes control and management program, which needs devotion for self. Also, depression increases the risk of type 2 diabetes.
- It is also known that developing Diabetes is avoidable if there is a planned program of almost 30-45 minutes of physical activity in moderation along with a healthy diet. So the saying “prevention is better than cure” stands correct.
- If the sugar levels are not controlled over a passage of time, a great damage can be expected to the arteries and nerves which can lead to many physical and psychological problems.
- The rise in the blood sugar levels may be put under control if there is a plan which combines of healthy lifestyle changes, medications, and insulin injections. This way diabetics can enjoy their carbohydrates once in a while.
Diabetes is known as one of the expensive diseases. A diabetic patient spends about 25% of his income on diabetes medications and other needs. Diabetes is a sneaky disease and it’s very difficult to get rid of it. Only can be put to control with healthy habits.
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