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The information given on this web-site has been produced by Clive Pearson, a science graduate without medical qualifications. It must not be regarded as authoritative, but may help you in your management of diabetes. In all cases, consult your GP or specialist regularly and carefully follow professionally-qualified recommendations for your continuing health care.
Most of the harmful consequences of diabetes may be avoided or minimised if you manage the condition carefully.
Diabetes Mellitus, often referred to as Sugar Diabetes, is a potentially life-threatening disease. About 6% of Australians have been diagnosed as diabetic, and are under treatment. If the whole population were to be tested, then as many as 15% would be found to be suffering from the disease.
If you are over 45 years of age, and particularly if you are sedentary, overweight or obese, and are hypertensive, then ask your GP to arrange a diabetes glucose tolerance test for you at least once per year. At the same time, discuss regular screening tests for other serious diseases.
Untreated diabetes damages the vascular system, resulting in impaired blood circulation. Diabetes may also aggravate other medical conditions, resulting in blindness, heart disease, strokes, ulceration of the legs, kidney failure, liver damage, and peripheral neuropathy (causing loss of sensation in the hands and feet). In extreme cases of neglect, the feet may become gangrenous, necessitating amputation. Diabetics have a reduced resistance to infection, and must seek immediate treatment for even minor ailments.
The symptoms of diabetes result from a total or partial failure of the body's ability to metabolise glucose, which is the source of energy for the body's cells. The key enzyme in the metabolism of glucose is Insulin.
There are two types of diabetes, namely Type 1 (often referred to as juvenile or insulin-dependent diabetes) and Type 2 (often referred to as mature-onset or insulin-resistant diabetes).
Type 1 diabetes is generally understood to be caused by an auto-immune reaction to an infection, which results in damage to the insulin-producing cells (the Islets of Langherans) in the pancreas gland. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. There is no cure for Type 1 diabetes, although there have recently been promising research developments in automatic insulin-dispensing equipments, stem-cell therapy, and other treatments.
Type 2 diabetes is really a different disease. While the patient may be producing some insulin, it is ineffective in aiding absorption of glucose from the bloodstream by the body cells, including the fat cells. Again, there is no cure for Type 2 diabetes, but it may be manageable if you are willing to make essential changes to your lifestyle.
Please use the resources of this site to assist you to follow the recommendations of your GP or specialist for the management of your diabetes.
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