What is Diabetes?
Types of Diabetes
"If you have diabetes, you are at least twice as likely as someone who does not have diabetes to have heart disease or a stroke." - National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
Body systems affected by Diabetes
Also, some signs and symptoms of diabetes are usually more of a need to drink liquids and to urinate, feeling tired more frequently, a tingling feeling in hands, feet, or legs, and not being able to see clearly.
Most diabetics take insulin tablets or have an insulin pump that is attached to their bodies and pumps insulin through the body. They must also be on certain diets without too much sugar and they have tests they must take multiple times each day before eating to determine how many carbohydrates are in their food and how much they can eat. To take the test, they prick their finger with a sterilized needle and through their blood, the test determines what their blood sugar level is. Because they must prick their fingers often each day, they start to develop small scars or scabs on their fingers.
The Office for National Statistics established that the life expectancy for diabetics is around 77 years old for males and 81 years old for females.The life expectancy for people with Type 1 diabetes is shortened by 20 years.
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