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Diabetes

An over abundance of any chemical in the body can be harmful, in this case glucose which can result in either Type 1 Diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes dependant on self infliction or genetics.

Diabetes Mellitus has become much more common since rations on sugar were lifted from the United Kingdom in 1954 and the United States in 1947. With the rapid change of the manufacturing industry we have seen a heavy rise in the production of sugar based products, in fact you would be hard pressed to go a week without consuming something with processed sugar. In this great rise of available produce we have witnessed a significant increase in the disease, Diabetes.

Put quite simply Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes, it is an excessive amount of sugar in the blood, through either natural consumption from a high sugar diet or a failure in the pancreas to produce insulin, a hormone used to absorb glucose.
Types of Diabetes

There are three described types of Diabetes:
  • Type 1 Diabetes
    This is classified by the body not being able to produce enough of a specific peptide hormone, namely Insulin. Insulin is used to absorb and remove glucose from the blood, without it, the increasing sugar becomes toxic. While this can condition can not be removed entirely there are modern treatments.
  • Type 2 Diabetes
    Through natural excessive natural consumption of sugar, either from high carbohydrate diets or a gross content of processed sugars, the body eventually builds a resistance to the insulin needed to remove the glucose from the blood, which can lead once again to toxic levels.
  • Type 3 Diabetes
    More commonly known as Gestational Diabetes, is brought about during pregnancy. This is when the mother's body is unable to produce enough insulin to account for both her and the babies bloodsugar levels, it is more commonly found in women who are predisposed to condition.
The most common is Type 2 Diabetes, covering almost 85-90% of all diagnosed cases, this can be easily linked to diet and well being, and conversely can be reduced or even removed (the body no longer fits the criteria) though proper diet and exercise. Type 1 Diabetes is found in roughly 10% of the population, this type is due to a failure in the bodies own chemistry and while a healthy bloodsugar level can be maintained through a portion controlled diet, it often must be treated with hormone therapy i.e. injections of insulin into the body.

Symptoms of Diabetes

There are clear symptoms that you may have Diabetes and it is important to keep an eye out for them, being able to spot these problems will lead to preventative action. Listed are some of the most common and easiest to spot:

  • Increase in urination - It is perhaps the most commonly heard symptom and if you find your days are spent going back and forth to the restroom, this may be a clear indication.
  • Irritability - This can be down to the lack of energy in the body, which is due in part to bodies need to compensate, for the toxic levels in its system.
  • Blurred Vision - Your eye's ability to focus is diminished as your body pulls tissue away from the lenses in the eye. In some extreme cases this has led to prolonged blindness.
  • Numbness or tingling - The increase in sugar can affect the nerves in the hand's and feet, the sensation can be indicative Diabetes damaging the body.
Each Type of Diabetes has treatment available to counter the toxic effects of glucose and if you believe you are at risk, simple blood tests can be purchased from most pharmaceuticals which will give you an indication as to how high your blood sugar levels are, however always consult your GP for a professional diagnosis.