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The Diabetes Doctor Series - Part 1 What Is Diabetes?

Updated on March 17, 2012

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

4. Insulin

5. Hypoglycaemia

6. Hyperglcaemia

7. Complications

8. Diabetes and Pregnancy

9 . Diabetes and Eye Sight

10. Diabetes and looking after your feet

11. Driving

12. Employment

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)

Next topic: Diabetes Symptoms


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    • editorsupremo profile image

      editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

      @manatita. Sorry to hear that you have high blood pressure. However, you seem to be doing a few of the right things by cuting down on salt and exercising. There ae some other basic changes you can make, which will lower your blood pressure.

      1. Eat more fruits and vegetables.

      2. Lose weight (if necessary).By keeping your weight within the normal range for your height you can lower your blood pressure.

      3. Reduce alcohol consumption.

      Combine these basics with cario vascular exercise and reduction in salt and you should be able to lower your blood pressure naturally.

      If you are feeling fatigued you probably need a boost to your iron levels. Try beetroot and carrot juice it will give you a boost of energy and help you through the day.

      I have written on the subject of beetroot juice if you want more info.

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      manatita44 5 years ago from london

      Well, about the blood pressure, perhaps you can suggest something. Mine is a little high. I have minimised my salt intake, sugar and junky stuff. I need to up my exercise, but I do get fatigued. I take Omega 3 fairly regularly. I have started cayenne but I am not sure it suits me. garlic I use regularly. Other ideas?

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      editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

      @mantita44. Sadly diabetes and high blood pressure has become an epidemic amongst black and Asian people. And what is more sad is that it is preventable if only we review our dietary intake.

      Thanks for commenting

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      manatita44 5 years ago from london

      Good of you to educate others. Yes, black people and Asians do have a big problem in this area, which includes other bi-products such as High Blood Pressure, and Coronary Heart Disease