Understanding Diabetes


Diabetes is one of the most common lifestyle and/or genetic diseases affecting people in the modern society. As of 2014, 387 million people were living with Diabetes in the world and are expected to increase to 592 million by 2035 (Data by International Diabetes Federation). So what is Diabetes?
In layman’s terms, Diabetes is a group of metabolic disease where a person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), leading to various side effects.

Before diving into it deeper, let us understand the function of insulin in our body. When we intake food, Pancreas in our body release insulin as the body turns food into sugars. Insulin opens up the cells of the body to absorb the glucose and hence gain energy (these cells, known as “islets” sense glucose in the blood). Without insulin, the sugar stays and builds up in the blood. Also, the body’s cells starve from the absence of glucose – thus increasing the incidence of fatigue and weakness among diabetics.

When a person gets afflicted with Diabetes, either insulin production becomes inadequate or the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin or both thus impairing the body’s natural course.

Diabetes can be of two types:

Type 1:
In this case, the body does not produce insulin. It is often caused by an auto-immune reaction where the body’s defence system attacks the cells that produce insulin. This is often treated with outside insulin intake in the form of injections.

Type 2:
Type 2 Diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or insulin is not properly processed by the body. Type 2 accounts for 90% of all cases of diabetes. It is often associated with overweight or obesity. People with belly fat are often at a higher risk or protracting Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetics can maintain their health through diet and balanced food intake. Over time, they may require oral drugs or insulin.

There exists another type of Diabetes that affects females during pregnancy – known as Gestational Diabetes. This can be controlled largely with exercise and balanced diet.


Now that we know the basics of Diabetes, it is important to know the symptoms for timely detection.
The most common symptoms of Diabetes include:

    * Frequent Urination
    * Disproportionate Thirst
    * Intense Hunger
    * Weight gain/ Unusual Weight Loss
    * Increased Fatigue
    * Irritability
    * Blurred Vision
    * Cuts and bruises don’t heal properly or quickly
    * More skin and/or yeast infections
    * Itchy skin
    * Gums are red and/or swollen
    * Frequent gum disease/infection
    * Sexual dysfunction (men)
    * Numbness or tingling, especially in feet and hands

Being diagnosed with Diabetes should not be scary. It is a game of balancing food, exercise and emotional health. Most diabetics can lead an absolute normal, in fact healthy life if they lead an active lifestyle with proper exercise frequent but light and balanced meals and maintain stress levels to a minimum. Those on medication need to take medicines on time without fail and get regular medical check-ups as prescribed.

Finally, remember being diagnosed with Diabetes is not the end of the world. You are not alone-innumerable celebrities have made it to the top of the world after being diagnosed with Diabetes. Some famous names include Halle Berry, Larry King, and Tom Hanks who are leading full lives with Diabetes.

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