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December 4th, 2011

Causes,signs and care of Diabetes

Causes of diabetes:
No one is sure what causes diabetes.But research has shown that some people may be at higher risk than others.Some of the risk factors include:
A history of diabetes in the family, being overweight,having high cholesterol or high blood pressure,being over the age of 45,being of African, Asian,Hispanic,Native American or Pacific Islander heritage, exposure to certain viruses that damage the pancreas,a history of gestational diabetes or having delivered a baby weighing over 9lbs.
Signs and Symptoms
Type 1 Diabetes:
Frequent urination
Unusual thirst
Extreme hunger
Unusual weight loss
Extreme fatigue and Irritability
Type 2 Diabetes*
Any of the type 1 symptoms
Frequent infections
Blurred vision
Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections
*Often people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms of Diabetes:

Taking good care of yourself is very important. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious health problems including heart disease and blood vessel disease,stroke,eye problems and blindness, kidney disease, nerve damage and increase risk of infection.
Self care may include:
Blood sugar monitoring: Keeping your blood sugar within a certain range.
Meal planning: Eating raises your blood sugar. By learning how different foods affect your blood sugar level, you can plan healthy and enjoyable meals.
Keeping fit: Balancing exercise with meal planning and medication.
Making a plan to quit smoking: Smoking greatly increases your risk for complications of diabetes.
Taking Insulin and managing other medications for diabetes to help control your blood sugar.
You can live well with diabetes by following your health-care providers advice. National organizations provide information about diabetes. They can also help you find organization in your community.You can contact:
American Association of Diabetes Educators @ 1-800-338-3633
American Diabetes Association @ 1-800-Diabetes (1-800-342-2283)
We wish you good health!

1 Comment »   Posted By: Admin


  • Winford: Superb post, I am checking back again on a regular to look for fresh news.

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