The pancreas makes most of the insulin in your body. In type 1 diabetes, the body can’t make enough insulin to keep normal blood sugar levels. This type of diabetes can be controlled with insulin injections.
People with type 2 diabetes usually have insulin resistance. The pancreas can’t make enough insulin, or it doesn’t use insulin well. This type of diabetes requires changing some of your diabetes medication or insulin injections.
What are the signs of diabetes?
The key signs of diabetes include:
- Frequent urination
- Increased thirst
- Blurry vision
- Excessive tiredness
- Frequent hunger
- Frequent infections
- Slow wound healing
- Poor circulation
The symptoms of diabetes may look different for everyone. You may be able to control the signs of diabetes with diet and exercise. Make sure to see your doctor if you have any signs or symptoms of diabetes.
What are the complications of diabetes?
Diabetes is a risk factor for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and eye disease. Diabetes is a serious condition that may cause poor blood sugar control. This can lead to serious health problems.
Complications of diabetes may include:
- Heart disease. Diabetes and heart disease are closely related. Diabetes can lead to heart disease and heart attack. If you have high blood sugar levels, your heart can also be damaged.
- Eye disease. Diabetes can damage your eyes and cause vision loss and blindness.
- Kidney disease. Diabetes can cause kidney disease, which can lead to kidney damage and failure.
- Foot problems. Diabetes can cause circulation problems in your feet. This can lead to sores or wounds that won’t heal. This can cause infections and other foot problems.
- Wound healing problems. Diabetes can cause wounds that don’t heal and cause infections. This can lead to serious problems.
How is diabetes diagnosed?
If you have symptoms of diabetes, your doctor will run more tests to determine the cause. The best way to diagnose diabetes is with a blood test.
How is diabetes treated?
Diabetes is a chronic condition. You’ll need to monitor your blood sugar levels often. This can help keep your blood sugar levels in a healthy range.
The most common type of diabetes treatment is a combination of the following:
- Changing your diet. A healthy diet can help control blood sugar levels.
A healthy diet may include:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Whole grains
- Lean meats and other high-fiber foods
- Low-fat dairy products
- Healthy fats
- Low-salt and high-fiber snacks
- Lean poultry
- Fish and other low-fat protein
- Low-salt and high-fiber foods
- Whole grain breads and cereals
- Whole grain rice
- Whole grain pasta
- Low-fat and low-sodium soups
- Low-fat or non-fat yogurt
- Low-fat or non-fat cheese
- Fruit juices
- Tomatoes and other vegetables
The American Diabetes Association recommends that patients with type 1 diabetes eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, lean meats and other high-fiber foods.
- Dairy products
- Fatty, fried, and sugary foods
- Caffeinated drinks
- Red meat
- Processed meat
- Sugary foods
What is the outlook for people with diabetes?
The outlook for people with type 1 diabetes is positive, especially if you follow a healthy diet. However, if you have type 2 diabetes, the outlook is not as positive. This type of diabetes can lead to serious complications.
The most common complications of diabetes are heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. These complications can be treated with medication or surgery.
In the future, researchers hope that a cure for diabetes will be found. A healthy diet and lifestyle can keep you healthy.
Where can I get help?
If you have diabetes, you have the right to get medical care and treatment. You can meet with your doctor or other healthcare provider to discuss your diabetes treatment plan. You can also get help from your family and friends.
Can type 1 diabetes be prevented?
Type 1 diabetes can’t be prevented. However, if you have a family history of diabetes, you may be able to reduce your risk for type 1 diabetes by losing weight and exercising.
People with type 2 diabetes can usually control this type of diabetes with diet and exercise. However, some people may not be able to manage this type of diabetes. If you have type 2 diabetes, it’s important to discuss your medications with your doctor.
If you have diabetes, it’s important to work with your doctor to keep your blood sugar and A1c levels at optimal levels. That will help you control your diabetes and prevent complications.
How can I help prevent type 1 diabetes?
If you have diabetes, it’s important to get regular check-ups. It’s possible that you may not know you have diabetes. Getting regular check-ups will help you be diagnosed and get treatment.
If you’re diagnosed with diabetes, you should be tested for other conditions that can also cause high blood sugar levels. This includes high blood pressure, obesity, and high levels of triglycerides.
Your doctor will work with you to create a diabetes management plan. This plan will help you keep your blood sugar levels in a healthy range.
You should also eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. These two things can help lower your blood sugar levels.
The American Diabetes Association recommends that people with diabetes follow a healthy diet and exercise to control blood sugar levels.
If you’re living with type 1 diabetes, there are things you can do to help prevent complications. These include:
- Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol.
- If you smoke, stop.
- If you drink alcohol, only drink in moderation.
If you smoke or drink alcohol, talk to your doctor about ways to quit. They may be able to help you find a healthier alternative.
Type 1 diabetes is a rare type of diabetes. It’s a condition that causes your body to produce little to no insulin. This is a type of diabetes that can’t be prevented.
Type 1 diabetes is also known as insulin-dependent diabetes. It causes damage to your pancreas or insula. This is where your body makes insulin.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes. It’s a chronic condition that’s controllable. Type 2 diabetes can lead to many complications.
Type 2 diabetes is considered a disease, but it’s possible to manage this type of diabetes. With proper treatment, you can keep your blood sugar levels under control and prevent complications.
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