Diabetes Treatment Guidelines

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Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes First, some bad news… type 2 diabetes cannot be cured! No matter what you read online, don’t waste your money on any book or product that claims to sell you the secret cure for diabetes, becuase they are just taking advantage of you. OK, now that the truth has hit home, here is the good news: reducing your weight, even by a little, eating healthily and exercising more regularly can signifigantly slow or halt the progression of the disease. The important part is recognising that you are at risk of diabetes early and doing something about it before it becomes too late. Medical Treatments Available to Type 2 Diabetes However, once the disease has progressed…

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Type 2 Diabetes

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What is Type 2 Diabetes? Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, also called non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM), or adult-onset diabetes, is the most common form of the disease accounting for 90% of all cases. Therefore when people talk about “diabetes” they are often referring to Type 2 DM. It is an endocrine disorder that is caused by the body becoming desensitized or resistant to the effects of the hormone insulin. The beta cells of the pancreas still make plenty of insulin, unlike in type 1 diabetes, however the insulin that it is producing becomes less effective at what it is supposed to do. As already explained, insulin basically allows glucose to leave the bloodstream and enter into cells, where it is used…

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Type 1 Diabetes

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What is Type 1 Diabetes? Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus, also known as Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM) and Juvenile Diabetes, is a condition where the immune system inadvertently attacks and destroys the cells responsible for producing insulin in the pancreas – the pancreatic beta cells. It is what is known as an autoimmune disorder, which is the term used to describe diseases where the body attacks itself. Because the insulin-producing beta cells are destroyed, this results in an almost complete lack of insulin. Insulin is an important hormone as it is responsible for bringing glucose (blood sugar) into the cell, to be used as energy. When there is a lack of insulin, you are unable to use glucose as it…

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Diabetes Mellitus

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Introduction to Diabetes Mellitus Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is the term used to describe a group of similar disorders where affected individuals have too much glucose, or sugar, in their blood. The medical term for this is hyperglycemia. Diabetes Mellitus is often shortened to just diabetes, however this regularly causes a lot of confusion as there are many different types and causes of the disease. When doctors use the term “diabetes”, they are often referring to type-2 diabetes, as it is by far the most common. The subtypes of Diabetes Mellitus The subtypes of Diabetes Mellitus include: Type 1 DM an autoimmune disease which destroys the cells which make insulin. Type 2 DM associated with obesity, lack of exercise and eating…

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Gestational Diabetes

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Gestational diabetes mellitus is a type of diabetes which causes high blood glucose levels in occurs in previously non-diabetic women during pregnancy. Nowadays it is routine practice to screen for this condition during pregnancy so your doctor will be able tell you if you suffer from it before it becomes a problem. What Causes Gestational Diabetes Doctors are unsure what causes gestational diabetes, but it is widely accepted that you are at a higher risk if there is a family history, or if you are an older mother. There are theories that hormones produced during pregnancy can impair the effectiveness of insulin. The result is that you are unable to lower blood glucose levels to normal levels. Gestational Diabetes normally…

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