There are a number of different types of diabetes and they each have their own causes and effects. Type 1 diabetes is caused by an autoimmune process, which results in damage to the pancreatic islets which produce insulin. This allows blood sugar levels to become too high which can cause the cells to proliferate without insulin production. This means that there is an extreme and sudden increase in blood glucose levels, which is where the diabetes occurs.
Other types of diabetes include type 2 diabetes, which is caused by abnormal changes in the function of the nerves or the body’s production of insulin. Type 1 diabetes happens when the pancreas does not secrete enough insulin to properly respond to the glucose in the bloodstream. The result is damage to the pancreatic islets, which is why some people have type 1 diabetes even without the presence of diabetes. Other complications of diabetes include nerve damage, which may lead to diabetic neuropathy, damage to the arteries and heart, damage to the eyesight, liver failure, stroke, kidney failure, and other circulatory problems. All of these complications can take years to develop and are often serious enough to result in death.
If you have diabetes, you are likely to have to monitor your glucose (sugar) levels closely to make sure that they remain within a safe and acceptable range. Self testing for glucose is not very accurate and is usually only done when you have taken your blood sugar levels for a few minutes. There are a number of different home tests that can be done as well, though they aren’t as easy to use and don’t give an immediate or accurate result. You need to check your blood sugar levels slowly over a period of time, usually several days, to see how your glucose level is responding. Self testing for diabetes symptoms will not accurately indicate whether your blood sugar levels are at an appropriate level to prevent complications from diabetes.
The first thing that many people with diabetes need to realize is that they cannot keep living a healthy lifestyle by themselves. There are multiple risk factors for heart disease and circulation problems, such as diabetes. These risk factors must be addressed if you want to avoid developing diabetes and taking drugs to control your blood sugar levels cannot be ignored. Your doctor is the person who will tell you what those risk factors are, and he or she will also be able to help you determine the best course of action for controlling your diabetes.
One of the major risk factors for developing diabetes is the buildup of too much plaque in the arteries. When there is too much plaque in the arteries, too much protein builds up in the blood vessels and this results in the thickening and narrowing of blood vessels. When the blood vessels to narrow, and do not circulate waste products quickly through the body, toxic substances can build up in the tissues of the extremities, and these toxins can damage the surrounding tissue and the vital organs. If the blood vessels are damaged and the circulation in the extremities is affected, a person may develop a hernia, kidney failure, heart disease, or circulatory problems. Even if you do not develop any of these diseases, damage to the circulation can occur and you may have a stroke, heart attack, or kidney failure.
Obesity is a risk factor for heart disease, but it can also be a risk factor for type 2 diabetes later on in life. If you are heavier at a young age, you are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes in the future. This is because when you gain weight, your body does not have enough glucose to operate properly. You may also put on excess body fat, which increases the chance of developing cardiovascular complications later in life. Being overweight at an early age can lead to the development of the condition known as cardiomyopathy, in which there is a reduced ability to produce your own blood-clotting factors, and this may lead to the development of kidney failure.