Why care about diabetes?
Beyond mortality, there are many more reasons why YOU SHOULD CARE about preventing and managing diabetes.
What is it?:
Diabetes is a VERY SERIOUS disease that does not allow sugar to be stored in the body's cells. Insulin is the hormone that unlocks the door for sugar to be stored away for later use. When insulin is not produced or refuses to do its job, then you have graduated to diabetes.
There are 2 types: Type I and Type II. Type I is when the body simply does not produce insulin anymore. Type II is when the body produces insulin, but cannot put it to use.
Type II is the more common type.
What happens when you have diabetes?
This is a VERY SERIOUS disease because the sugar that remains in the blood stream can create disturbances in the integrity of YOUR ARTERIES. It can also lead to increased blood pressure. These can cause damage, which starts the inflammatory process (much like a cut on your arm), which ultimately leads to calcium and plaque buildup. Plaque buildup blocks blood flow. And, without blood flow, the body cannot receive oxygen and other nutrients to stay HEALTHY and ALIVE. Therefore it DIES!
This is why you see many diabetics with black toes or missing toes. Some even have missing limbs. Leave this disease go long enough and it can lead to HEART DISEASE and/or STROKE.
Other effects of UNMANAGED diabetes is the following:
If this article scares you, then it has served it's greater purpose. We NEED YOU to understand the severity of this disease so you do not become a statistic!!
DIABETES is VERY MANAGEABLE!! People live 50 years of fulfilling lives with diabetes, but they take care of it!
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