Diabetes is a condition that requires constant monitoring. There are two types of diabetes.
- In Type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce any insulin.
- Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which your body is unable to make enough insulin, or cannot use it properly.
According to the International Diabetes Federation, an estimated 387 million people worldwide have diabetes and 1 in 2 people do not even know that they have it.
This is why diabetes is considered a silent killer. Some common symptoms include excessive thirst, hunger, sudden weight loss, frequent urination, tiredness, slow-healing sores or cuts, and blurry vision.
The exact cause of diabetes is not known. However, genetics, obesity, a poor diet and lack of exercise appear to play important roles in developing this disease.
Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to a variety of serious complications. These include heart disease, kidney disease, limb amputation, strokes, and vision loss.
If you have a high risk of developing diabetes and notice any of the common symptoms, get your blood glucose levels checked. When diagnosed with diabetes, treatment may include taking insulin or other medications.
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