Understanding Diabetes

Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

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Purpose

Although Diabetes is a common and wide-spread disease, there are a lot of people all around the world who do not know very much about it, or who may not know that they are developing it.

My purpose is to rise awareness about it, its symptoms and its unpleasant consequences.

For a better understanding, the following video explains the disease and its process in a simple and pleasant way:
Diabetes - made simple

Symptoms

The main symptoms of diabetes are:

  • weight loss
  • polyuria (increased urination),
  • polydipsia (increased thirst),
  • polyphagia (increased hunger)

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Interesting Facts

  1. About one third of all people with diabetes do not know they have the disease.



  2. Type 2 diabetes often does not have any symptoms.


  3. Only about five percent of all people with diabetes have type 1 diabetes.


  4. If you are at risk, type 2 diabetes can be prevented with moderate weight loss (10–15 pounds) and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity (such as brisk walking) each day.


  5. A meal plan for a person with diabetes isn’t very different than that which is recommended for people without diabetes.


  6. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working-age adults.


  7. People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop heart disease than someone without diabetes.


  8. Good control of diabetes significantly reduces the risk of developing complications and prevents complications from getting worse.


  9. Bariatric surgery can reduce the symptoms of diabetes in obese people.


  10. Diabetes costs $174 billion annually, including $116 billion in direct medical expenses.
The following links contain more information about Diabetes like:

  • statitics,facts and myths
  • diagnosis
  • type 1 and 2 diabetes
  • complications
  • treatment
  • food planning
  • insulin

In conclusion, Diabetes is a very dangerous disease which should be recognised as fast as possible, because with the right treatment, food planing and exercise it can be stopped from deteriorating.
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