Understanding Diabetes (Part 1/7)

Understanding Diabetes (Part 1/7)

Colin McWatters |

"The Basics" 

Diabetes refers to a range of metabolic conditions marked by the body's handling of blood glucose, an essential fuel for the muscles, tissues, and brain. The disease leads to high sugar levels in the blood, which can cause significant health issues without proper management.

This group includes various forms of the condition, each with distinct causes and approaches to management. Chronic varieties encompass type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body's immune system mistakenly attacks cells that produce insulin. On the other hand, type 2 diabetes is associated with the body's resistance to insulin or its inadequate production, influenced by factors like lifestyle and genetics.

 

Other potentially reversible conditions include prediabetes and gestational diabetes. Prediabetes, a condition of slightly elevated blood sugar levels not yet high enough to be deemed diabetes, can progress to type 2 diabetes without preventive measures. Gestational diabetes, experienced during pregnancy, usually resolves post-delivery but heightens the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the future.

The presence of these diabetes forms underscores the necessity of vigilant blood glucose monitoring and management to avert grave health outcomes.



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