Diabetes is a disease in which the body has trouble producing or properly using insulin. Insulin is a hormone, excreted by the pancreas, to convert sugar, starches, and other food into energy.
Major Types of Diabetes
Pre-diabetes occurs when a person’s blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. 41 million Americans have pre-diabetes.
- Type 1 diabetes (also called juvenile diabetes)
Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) occurs when the pancreatic beta cells become dysfunctional and the body fails to produce insulin. It is estimated that 5-10% of Americans have type 1 diabetes.
- Type 2 diabetes
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is caused by insulin resistance in the body. The pancreas produces insulin, but the cell receptors do not respond. Most Americans, about 20.8 million, who are diagnosed with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. World wide, more than 150 million people suffer from this disease. Why is diabetes mellitus so common? Too much glucose in our diets leading to too much glucose in our blood.
- Gestational diabetes
Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy. This disorder affects about 135,000 pregnant women in the United States each year.
Causes of Diabetes
- Lack of exercise and physical activities burning glucose
- High simple carbohydrate (starch and sugar) diets
- Cells that are overwhelmed by glucose and stop accepting more. They become insulin resistant. Insulin shots force more glucose into the cells. Insulin does not cure DM
- Too much glucose in your diet/blood
Symptoms of Diabetes
- Frequent urination
- Excessive thirst
- Extreme hunger
- Increased fatigue
- Unusual weight loss
- Irritability, mood swings
- Rapid breathing
- Blurry vision
- Dry, itchy skin
- Numbness, pain, or tingling in feet
- Slow healing of cuts and bruises
- High blood pressure
- Frequent infections
Lab tests for Diabetes
- Fasting Plasma Glucose Test (FPG)1
- Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT)2
1. In the FPG, a person’s blood glucose level is measured after fasting twelve hours.
2. In the OGTT , a person’s blood glucose level is measured after fasting twelve hours and then measured again two hours after drinking a glucose-rich beverage or eating a glucose-rich meal. I
If 2 hr. blood glucose level is between 140 and 199 mg/dl, the person tested has pre-diabetes.
If 2 hr. blood glucose level is at 200 mg/dl or higher, the person tested has diabetes
- Neurotransmitter (urine) testing
- Lab testing
- Nutritional counseling
- Homeopathic drainage (Unda)
- Psychological and educational counseling
- General physical exam
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