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What Does Borderline Diabetes Mean
As a basic definition, borderline diabetes is the term used for those who do not yet have dangerously high blood glucose levels, but are at risk of developing the problem. It is sometimes termed pre-diabetes because the blood glucose levels are usually between 100 and 125 during medical testing.
While the term has the word “diabetes” in the phrase, it does not mean the individual is currently suffering from the problem. By taking measures to control eating habits and starting on a diet that helps bring down the blood sugar levels, it is often possible to prevent the development of diabetes when diagnosed as borderline diabetic. By taking measures to eliminate the risk of further development into diabetes, it is possible to improve the situation.
Can Diabetes Be Reversed
This question usually arises shortly after diagnoses. The answer is that it depends on the situation and the type of diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes, which is also called insulin dependent diabetes, is not possible to reverse once diagnosed. This type of diabetes is genetic rather than related to lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise. As a result, the individual will not produce insulin in response to sugars in food, making it a permanent condition.
Type 2 diabetes however, can sometimes be reversed with careful diet and exercise. The ability to reverse diabetes type two depends on the particular situation and the cause of the problem, but in many cases losing weight for example, will reverse the resistance of cells to insulin. Some people who have type two diabetes will not see any changes because each persons ability to loos weight or become a healthier eater is dependent o quite a few different factors.
Determining whether it is possible to reverse diabetes is entirely dependent on the situation and the individual. It’s always best to ask your doctor to see ask what your options may be.
What Is The Treatment Of Type 2 Diabetes
When it comes to the treatment of type 2 diabetes, it is important to note that specifics can vary based on the situation and the person. The goal of treatment is bringing down the blood glucose levels to a healthy range.
In most cases, the treatment will involve a combination of medications, diet, exercise and constant blood sugar testing. The particular medication and the appropriate dosage will vary and should always be determined by a medical doctor.
Diet and exercise are key elements of maintaining a healthy blood glucose level and thus are generally a major part of treatment. Doctors will suggest foods to avoid, foods that are healthy and foods or drinks that will help balance blood sugar levels when it is too low or too high. Exercise helps reduce blood sugar and maintains the numbers in a healthy range when combined with diet. Monitoring the blood sugar is the last part of working on bringing the numbers into a healthy range.
What Is Diabetes Type 2
Diabetes type 2 is a term used to describe the development of resistance to insulin. While the body will produce insulin without a problem, the cells of the body stop reacting to it appropriately. As a result of the reaction to insulin produced in the body, the term insulin-resistant diabetes is sometimes applied to this particular form of diabetes.
While diabetes type 2 is more common in adults, it is partially associated with lifestyle habits and has developed in some children as well. Those who are at risk of developing this type of diabetes will often see a reduction in risk by eating a healthy diet, getting more exercise and losing weight.
What Is The Treatment For Type 1 Diabetes
Anyone who is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes will need to understand the appropriate treatment. The treatment for type 1 diabetes is very specific because of the fact that the individual will not produce insulin naturally.
The most common treatment is a combination of insulin shots, monitoring blood sugar levels and a careful diet and exercise plan. Those who have insulin-dependent diabetes need to discuss the appropriate amount of insulin needed throughout the day and will often have a strict diet plan set up by a doctor or nutritionist.
The insulin shots, or the use of an insulin pump depending on the preferred method of obtaining insulin, is the key part of treatment. Without obtaining insulin injections, the individual will have dramatic spikes in blood sugar levels that often become dangerously high. Fortunately, with proper monitoring and the use of insulin as directed by a doctor this form of diabetes is possible to control and manage.
What Is Diabetes Type 1
Diabetes type1 is a disorder where the body cannot properly regulate its blood sugar levels. Type 1 is one of two types of diabetes that is often called juvenile diabetes because it most commonly occurs in children. Over 10,000 children are diagnosed with diabetes type 1 each year in the United States.
While the cause is unknown, diabetes type 1 occurs when the pancreas can’t make insulin, a hormone needed to let glucose into the cells for energy. The immune system kills the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. Untreated, diabetes type 1 can cause nerve damage, kidney damage, and heart disease.
Treatment for diabetes type 1 includes medication and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Blood sugar levels must be checked regularly. Daily insulin, along with a healthy diet and exercise, are necessary to keep glucose levels normal.
What Causes Diabetes
Learning about what causes diabetes can help determine if it is possible to take further measures to eliminate your risk.
A major component to the development of diabetes is genetics. Anyone who is diagnosed with insulin-dependent diabetes, or type 1 diabetes, is primarily looking at a genetic condition. Type 2 diabetes can occur partially by way of genetics, but it more commonly has other factors involved in it’s onset such as diet and exercise.
A high sugar and high fat diet is another factor in the development of type 2 diabetes. Anyone who is obese has a much higher risk of developing diabetes than those who are a healthy weight. A high sugar diet is another factor involved because of the spike and drop of blood sugar in the body, even if the person has a healthy weight.
What Are The Symptoms Of Diabetes
Anyone who suspects that he or she has developed diabetes or that a loved one might have the disease needs to ask what are the symptoms of diabetes. Understanding the potential symptoms is the first step to getting an appropriate diagnosis before the situation becomes dire and results in an emergency visit to the hospital.
Common symptoms of diabetes include frequent urination, excessive thirst, changes in appetite, sudden and unexplained weight loss, fatigue and irritability. In the case of type 2 diabetes, further symptoms like numbness in the limbs, slow healing bruises and recurring infections are also signs of the problem.
While the symptoms give an idea of the problem, type 2 diabetes is sometimes asymptomatic. This means that not all cases of diabetes will have obvious symptoms. Anyone who is concerned about the possibility of developing the problem should discuss their concerns with a medical doctor and have a test performed.
What Is A Diabetic
A diabetic is a person who suffers from diabetes, a disorder that keeps the body from properly regulating its blood sugar, or glucose, levels. Insulin, which is produced by the pancreas, is needed to lower blood glucose. Diabetics either can’t produce insulin at all, or they produce an inadequate amount.
There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetics can’t produce insulin at all, and must take insulin medication every day. Type 2 diabetics produce insulin, but in insufficient quantities. They must watch their blood sugar levels carefully, eat healthy and exercise.
Diabetics experience a wide range of seemingly innocuous symptoms, and therefore diabetes is often undetected. Urinating often, extreme hunger and thirst, unusual weight loss, fatigue, and blurred vision are all warning signs of diabetes. Anyone experiencing a combination of any of these symptoms should have their blood glucose checked by a doctor.
What Is Diabetes
What Is Diabetes? Diabetes is a medical condition that is caused by the body’s inability to process glucose in the body from food. There are three types of diabetes, two of which are lifelong conditions.
Type 1 occurs when no insulin is produced in the body. Type 1 diabetes requires frequent injections to help regulate the amount of sugar in the blood. Most people with Type 1 do not have a medical cause for the disease.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the condition. Type 2 is usually caused by lifestyle conditions such as being overweight, age or no exercise. Type 2 diabetes is able to be managed with proper eating, increased exercise and weight loss.
Gestational diabetes occurs in some women during pregnancy.
The condition resolves itself once the baby has been delivered. Some women will require medication during pregnancy depending on the severity of the diabetes. Women who have gestational diabetes are at a higher risk for having diabetes in subsequent pregnancies and later in life.
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