Diabetes mellitus is a group of diseases that affect how your body utilizes blood glucose, and breaks down the different sugars you consume. Glucose is vital to your health because it’s an important source of energy for the cells that make up your muscles and tissues. It’s also your brain’s main source of fuel. However when not broke down properly blood glucose can be damaging even dangerous to your cells and may have negative effects on your long term health.
If you have diabetes, Type one or Type two, it means your body is not properly utilizing your blood glucose. Not every case of Diabetes is the same. There are many different causes of Diabetes however no matter the type if not treated too much glucose can lead to serious health problems and in more severe cases even death.
There are two types of Diabetes; type one diabetes which you are born with, or type two diabetes which is known as onset diabetes. Onset because it is caused by an event to your health after birth or later in life causing your body to not properly process sugars. Potentially reversible diabetes conditions include prediabetes: which is when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes, and gestational diabetes: which occurs during pregnancy but may resolve after the baby is delivered. However those who develop gestational diabetes are then more prone to develop type two diabetes later in life if not careful with their health.
Symptoms of Diabetes can very depending on the level of glucose in your blood. People in the early stages of Diabetes known as pre-diabetes, may not notice any symptoms and may not realize there is an issue at all. However, when dealing with type one Diabetes the symptoms come on much faster and are much more severe. Some of the signs and symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes include:
- Rapid weight loss
- An uncontrollable thirst
- Frequent urination
- Uncontrollable hunger
- Ketones present in urine
- Blurry vision
- Sores that won’t heal, usually present on the feet
- Elevated blood pressure
- Frequent infections, elevated glucose inhibits healing.
Type one Diabetes we usually see in children and young adolescence while type two diabetes is more common in young adults or older depending on the situation. For those who have questions or perhaps wish to make a scheduled appointment, please contact us at 928-733-6291.