- Diseases, Disorders & Conditions
The Diabetes Doctor Series - Part 1 What Is Diabetes?
What Is The Diabetes Doctor?
The Diabetes Doctor is a series of guidelines and advice on everything there is to know about diabetes.
The series will cover an array of information from what is diabetes, the different types of medication prescribed, how it affects the body and probably the most important of all how to control diabetes effectively in order to avoid the terrible complications that can occur if it is left to its own devices.
The Diabetes Doctor's Topics
The Diabetes Doctor will cover topics such as:
1. What is diabetes?
2. Diabetes Symptoms
3. Blood Testing
8. Diabetes and Pregnancy
9 . Diabetes and Eye Sight
10. Diabetes and looking after your feet
13. Top Tips for Young Diabetics
14. The Diabetes Diet
15. Dealing With Diabetes During the Holidays
What Is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a common, debilitating disease that affects 25.8 million people in the US with an estimated 7 million who have the illness but don't realise it.
Why does diabetes happen? It happens because the amount of glucose in your blood is too high and cannot be utilised properly by your body. High glucose levels in your blood occur because your pancreas is not making any insulin, or if it does, it does not make enough to transport glucose to your body's cells or maybe your body is insulin resistant, which means that the insulin you produce does not work properly.
The pancreas is an essential organ that produces the hormone insulin that enables glucose to enter your body's cells, where it is utilised as fuel to energise you so that you can be active and full of life.
Not only is glucose is produced by the liver it is also manufactured from consuming carbohydrates. A variety of foods and drink are classed as carbohydrates, foods such as rice, pasta, potatoes, bread, cookies, chips and fruits and drinks like coca cola, milk shakes, fruit juices and alcohol.
If your body cannot transport glucose to your body's cells properly it will build up in your blood and not be used as fuel, which is why one of the symptoms of diabetes, tiredness is a major side effet. (We will discuss tiredness and fatigue in another Diabetes Doctor guideline)