Diabetes Mellitus: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

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Diabetes Mellitus: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Diabetes mellitus is commonly known as diabetes or sugar. It is a very common disease which doesn’t affect only one age group of people but any person of any age group can be affected by this.  A hormone known as “insulin” is very important for our body as it helps in storing sugar in our cells for future requirement. With diabetes, either there is not sufficient insulin or our body can’t make the effective use of insulin. If you are affected with diabetes then the sugar directly gets into the bloodstream. Today, we will make you aware and alert about the symptoms, causes, and treatment of diabetes. Mainly there are 2 types of diabetes:

Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes

  1. Type 1 diabetes

 

In this type of diabetes, your immune system attacks and destroys cells in the pancreas, where the insulin is actually made. About 10-12% of people are suffering from type 1 diabetes.

  1. Type 2 diabetes

 

In this type of diabetes, your body becomes resistant to insulin, and sugar keeps on building up in the blood.

Causes of Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes:

Type-1 diabetes can only be caused due to genetic predisposition and additional environmental factors which provokes the immune system to kill and degrade the cells which produce insulin.

Type-2 diabetes:

This type of diabetes is a result of inefficiency of the body to effectively use insulin. Whether in small or in the large amount your body just can’t deal with insulin. Over time, the sugar keeps on accumulating in the blood and it becomes difficult for pancreas to control the level of sugar in your blood stream.

 Symptoms of Diabetes

  • Excessive thirst and hunger
  • Frequent urination
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability and Blurred vision
  • Slow-healing wounds
  • Nausea
  • Skin infections
  • Darkening of skin in the area of body creases
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet

Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus

Treatment of Diabetes (type 1 and type 2) includes:

  1. Weight loss

Losing weight can be enormously helpful in lowering blood sugar levels. If you can just lose 5-10% of your total body weight then it can have a great effect on controlling blood sugar levels also. You can manage your weight by having a good healthy breakfast.

  1. Healthy eating

You must intake a balanced and healthy diet to manage your blood sugar levels. You just need to control some things to control your sugar level, it includes:

  • Sweets
  • Carbohydrates
  • Less saturated fats

You must consume a diet which is rich in healthy elements. Start consuming green leafy vegetables, fruits, and food with more fiber.

  1. Physical exercise

To control blood sugar you must start exercising from this very moment only. You can do exercises which you like the most like swimming, dancing, walking,  etc. you must do moderate exercises for around 60 minutes daily or 30 minutes daily for vigorous exercises. Physical activities like aerobic exercises help you in controlling your blood sugar levels. One thing you must keep in mind is to have a little snack before exercising just to mind low sugar levels.

  1. Monitoring blood sugar

You must keep a check on your sugar level if you are consistent in maintaining your healthy diet or a plan. Just ask your doctor that how often in a day or a week you must check your diabetes level. Keeping a regular check on diabetes will help you to keep your blood sugar levels in the prescribed range.

  1. Diabetes medication or Insulin therapy

Insulin therapy or diabetes medications are primarily recommended in Type 2 diabetes. Your doctors may recommend you some drugs to control your diabetes. Some of the medications include drugs like:

  • Metformin
  • Sulfonylureas
  • Meglitinides
  • Thiazolidinediones
  • DPP-4 Inhibitors
  • GLP-1 receptor agonists
  • Insulin

These are the causes, symptoms, and treatment of Diabetes and little description of Type-1 diabetes and Type-2 diabetes. We tried to make you aware of such a stubborn and a common problem so that you can keep yourself healthy and fit by managing a hand on your blood sugar levels. For more health and beauty-related tips, follow this section closely.