- Family history of diabetes
- Over 45yrs old
- History of gestational diabetes
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Ole fibre, high GI diets
Monday, 17 November 2014
Posted by Homeocare Blog 02:41 1 comment
Diabetes is a chronic lifelong condition that affects your body's ability to use the energy found in food.
When you eat food containing carbohydrates it is broken down in the stomach and digestive system into glucose which is a type of sugar. We need glucose from food because it gives us energy. Carbohydrate containing food like starchy foods, sugary foods, milk and some dairy products and fruits, this glucose then moves into the blood stream and the body detects that the blood glucose level is rising. In response to that pancreas which is a little gland just underneath the stomach starts releasing a hormone called insulin and this insulin helps our body get energy from the food we eat. The blood stream then takes the glucose and the insulin to every cell in our body that needs it.
There are two main types of diabetes, type1 and type2
Type1 diabetes is also called insulin dependent diabetes. In type1 diabetes the body isn't making any insulin at all this is because of an autoimmune response where by the body has destroyed the insulin producing cells in the pancreas.
Type1 diabetes affects about 15% of all cases and is most often found in under 40s. It is the most common type found in childhood. In type1 diabetes the carbohydrate containing food is broken down into glucose as normal. That glucose then moves into the blood stream. Normally the body would produce insulin to let that glucose into the cells. But in type1 diabetes there is no insulin being produced so the glucose compress into the body cells at all. So the level of glucose in the blood rises and rises. The body tries to lower the level of glucose tries to get rid of the glucose through the kidneys. That's why people have undiagnosed type1 diabetes tends to get to pass a lots of urine. As the kidneys fill to the glucose out of the blood they also take lots of water with it so the person with diabetes will get very thirsty. The urine contains lots of glucose and that creates an environment where it is quite easy for bacteria to thrive so it is also common to get thrush or genital itching. In the same way the blood contains high level of glucose as well so that more bacteria then tend to breed in fresh wounds and then might be slow to heal. Glucose can also build up in the lens or front of the eye causing the liquid in the lens to become cloudy. Some people with undiagnosed type1 diabetes may have blurred vision because the glucose can't get into the cells to be used for energy. Somebody with undiagnosed type1 diabetes can fell very tired, lethargic and unable to get normal values. But the body still needs energy stores in order to work properly so what it does it starts to break down its fat stores and that can lead to weight loss.
Main symptoms of type1 diabetes are
Thirst, frequent urination, thrush or genital itching, slow healing, blurred vision, tiredness and weight loss.
Symptoms of type2 diabetes are
Thirst, frequent urination, thrush and genital itching, slow healing of wounds, blurred vision, tiredness and weight loss in some people. The symptoms of type2 diabetes come along very slowly and people don't have any symptoms at all. So for that reason people can live with type2 diabetes for upto 10yrs. Type2 diabetes can be treated by a number of different ways initially it may be sufficient to make changes to the food you are eating, undertake extra physical activity or lose any weight that might be appropriate. Type2 diabetes is a progressive condition and most people need some form of medication to treat it.
Risk factors for type2 diabetes:
It is a temporary type of diabetes and is one of the most common problem for pregnant women. Glucose intolerance is an early stage of the condition.
During pregnancy an organ called the placenta develops in the uterus. The placenta connects the mother and baby and make sure that the baby had enough food and water. The placenta also makes several hormones, some of these hormones make it harder for insulin to do its job controlling blood sugar. Insulin opens your cells so that glucose can get in. During pregnancy your body has to make three times its normal amount of insulin. Gestational diabetes develops when the organ that makes insulin, pancreas can't make enough insulin for pregnancy. Without enough insulin your blood sugar can slip the blood and be changed to energy. This causes extra sugar to build up in the blood. But if left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for you and your baby.
Complications of diabetes:-
People with diabetes have a risk of developing serious health problems. Consistently high blood glucose levels can lead to serious diseases affecting the heart and blood vessels. Diabetes is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease, blindness, kidney failure. Maintaining blood glucose levels, blood pressure and cholesterol can delay or prevent complications of diabetes.
Chronic complications of diabetes: blindness, kidney disease, nerve damage, amputation, cardiovascular diseases like stroke, heart attack, loss of circulation in arms and legs.
Homeopathic constitutional treatment helps in the prevention of diabetes. This corrects the genetic tendency to develop diabetes. Even various complications of diabetes such as diabetic foot, diabetic cataract etc are successfully prevented by homeopathic treatment. For cure homeopathy adopts constitutional treatment. Also the patient need not take medicine lifelong. Gradually medicine doses are reduced and finally stopped. So some of the diet changes, exercise and homeopathic treatment will cure you from this killing disease.