Diabetes is a very common disease which affects millions of people that causes the body to store glucose (type of sugar). For people with diabetes, glucose stays in the bloodstream and causes your blood sugar level to rise to abnormal levels. High levels of sugar can have a negative impact on your organs and body parts.
There are two types of diabetes:
Type 1 (formally known as juvenile-onset or insulin-dependent) diabetes. This type of diabetes is when the body stops producing insulin; insulin is a hormone that helps the body to use glucose for energy. People with type 1 diabetes must take insulin injections daily to tackle the disease. If type 1 diabetics do not take daily insulin injections, they could die because the body no longer produces insulin. This type of diabetes generally affects children and young adult, but it can affect people at any age.
Type 2 (formerly known as adult-onset or non-insulin-dependent) diabetes. This type of diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin. The body is also not able to use insulin properly – this is known as “insulin resistance.” Type 2 diabetes usually affects adults over 40, overweight individuals and people with a family history of diabetes. Type 2 occurs more frequently among adolescence.
What are the symptoms of diabetes?
Diabetic symptoms can range from being thirsty, weight loss, and blurry vision irritability to extreme unexplained fatigue. See entire list of symptoms below:
Being very thirsty, Frequent urination, Weight loss, Increased hunger, Blurry vision, Irritability, Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet, Frequent skin, bladder or gum infections, Wounds that don't heal, Extreme unexplained fatigue