Sugar, Diabetes And Its Symptoms
Concerns about sugar and diabetes are regularly voiced as part of the general attempt to understand how diabetic symptoms can be managed. Even management of the most severe form of diabetes, type 1, does not prohibit the consumption of sugar as part of a balanced diet as long as blood sugar levels are carefully and consistently monitored.
Diabetic symptoms can be relatively common, and can be caused by a variety of circumstances. It is important to have diagnostic tests performed if you are in any way worried that you may have diabetes. The tests are definitive and the only way to be certain of a correct diagnosis. Diabetes is potentially very serious if left untreated, but relatively easy to manage if identified at an early stage.
There are two distinct forms of diabetes. The first is type 1, and involves a complete breakdown of the pancreatic cells that produce insulin. Insulin is required by the body to process glucose in a way that it can be utilised and provide energy for our everyday needs. If not managed properly this form of diabetes can quickly cause serious illness. Treatment revolves around lifelong daily doses of insulin being injected into the body to keep glucose levels in the blood under control.
The other form of diabetes, type 2, can occur as a result of varying factors including excessive weight gain. It is typically less severe than type 1, with pancreatic cells remaining active but simply not producing enough insulin. However, the condition can also manifest where the body simply does not absorb the glucose despite the insulin levels being normal. This aspect of the condition can often be resolved by losing a certain amount of body weight , enabling the body’s internal chemistry to be more easily managed.
The most common symptoms of diabetes, regardless of the form it takes, are excessive thirst, fatigue and increased urination. These are obviously not symptoms which can be used to definitively state that someone has diabetes, as they can be caused by any number of reasons that should not be a cause for concern. . For instance if someone is working in a hot climate, they will inevitably drink more fluid to stay hydrated, they will then need to urinate more often. But if the drink has a high sugar content it can actually make the person feel thirstier than they did before. Fatigue of course, can be caused by any number of rational and logical factors; higher activity, overwork and so on. It is when these symptoms have no clearly tangible explanation, that one should start paying careful attention, and seek medical advice.
Sugar and its control, the stress it puts on the pancreas in generating insulin, is central to diabetes. The most commonly understood variety of sugar is sucrose, however, this form should also be the most carefully monitored. Fructose, a sugar present in fruits is more easily processed and among other sugars contains a lower glycaemic index than sucrose. A low ‘GI index’ correlates to the lower relative stress a sugar places upon the pancreas in controlling blood sugar levels.
There is now a lot of material available for people seeking information and reassurance about diabetes. Diabetes support institutions are all over the world and have websites that provide frequently updated and accurate information. As long you closely monitor your blood sugar, also known as glucose level, to make sure it stays under control, there is no reason why you cannot continue to eat most foods in moderation.
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