We always hear of this condition called Diabetes but never really grasp what it does. We all probably have a family friend, an acquaintance, maybe even a relative who has this condition and the complications that it may bring. For some of us, not really going into the details of this is really important, as it is not something we have to deal with now or who knows maybe ever. But read on and you will find out that Diabetes is something we need to be aware of, especially its prevention.
What is Diabetes? Normally when we encounter a diabetic, we see that person becoming averse to sweets and dessert and we shake our heads feeling bad for that person knowing how much we love the sugary stuff. Perhaps Diabetes is something of an allergy to sugar which is why that person can’t have his or her sweets. But Diabetes is so much more than avoiding sugar, it is a metabolic disorder that affects our capacity to absorb the very building blocks of food, it dwells in our bloodstream and since every organ in our body depends on the distribution of food that our blood brings about, it can be very impactful to our bodies.
Diabetes has several manifestations, but we will focus on Type 2 Diabetes, which is prevalent in 95% of people who are diagnosed with it. Type 2 Diabetes is traditionally linked with people who are of an older age, however recent trends have shown it becoming prevalent in younger people too. In a nutshell, Type 2 Diabetes happens when our body does not use insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas and its primarily role is to help the sugars in our food, the very building blocks of energy, get absorbed by all our organs. If insulin is not properly utilized, the sugars cannot get into our organs and they stay in our blood. This explains the exhaustion that Diabetics experience and the increased sugar in our bloodstream.
Thus, while Diabetes eats away at depriving our organs of nourishment and clogs up our blood with excess sugar that shouldn’t be there, our organs die a slow death and begin to malfunction. Several complications and diseases can be attributed to Diabetes. Among these are heart conditions, stroke, kidney problems, blindness, and body tissue decaying away. Diabetes itself does not kill people but the complications that arise from this condition certainly do.
Diabetes can be controlled and prevented though. The human body essentially is designed to absorb only a set amount of sugars and it should either burn it up or it should just keep them as stored sugars ready to be used while we aren’t eating. Consistent daily exercise can prolong the onslaught of Diabetes in our bodies. If we are prone to Diabetes due to genetics or due to poor eating habits, the early detection of it can help control it. At the age of 30, it is recommended to get a Fasting Blood Sugar (FBS) test done to see if you are Diabetic. Once you know you are Diabetic, a controlled diet, some exercise and ultimately medication that helps your body cope with insulin production will help you deal with such a condition and live happier lives.