World Diabetes Day November 14

Diabetes is a disease where your pancreas makes too much or too little of the hormone insulin. Insulin helps your body regulate your blood sugar and convert it into energy. When you have diabetes, your blood glucose, or blood sugar, is too high, or too low which is called hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia, can cause a diabetic coma. Blood glucose is one of the main sources of energy, that comes from the food we consume.

There are two types of diabetes. Type one and type two. Type 1, is where your immune system attacks the cells in your pancreas that make insulin. People with type one diabetes need insulin everyday. Type one is more common in children and younger people.

Type 2 diabetes, is the most common form of diabetes, and usually occurs in older people, but can occur anytime through the lifespan. Type two diabetes is where your pancreas doesn’t make insulin as it should.

Why do people get diabetes, partially genetic, and poor diet, not enough exercise. Over 50% of diabetes is preventable. 1 in 2 people with type two diabetes don’t know they have it.

Signs of diabetes: Excessive thirst, fatigue, dizziness, blurred vision, and nausea.

Diabetes can cause other health problems such as: Heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and foot problems.

I have been a caregiver, and a Med. Tech, for years and have taken care of many diabetics. I used to take their blood sugar and hand them their insulin for them to administer themselves. I’ve had one lady that lost her leg because of diabetes. I never had anyone go into a diabetic coma.

Diabetics have to watch what they eat. Mostly veggies and lean protein.

As you age, I recommend eating healthy and exercising, to prevent health problems. I aim for working out five days a week, eating 5-8 veggies and fruits a day, and eating lean protein, and trying to avoid sugars and fried food, easier said than done.

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