Powerful Steps You Can Take
THERE IS GENUINE HOPE for those suffering from diabetes. In a great many cases, unnecessary suffering and premature death can be prevented. This is especially important information because diabetes mellitus is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
Diabetes is a disorder of carbohydrate metabolism. In simple terms, the body cannot deal with sugar in the normal way due to a lack of insulin. Insulin is a hormone, produced by the pancreas, which allow cells to absorb sugar. If there is not enough insulin, or if the body fails to respond to its insulin, sugar builds up in the blood. This is called hyperglycemia, and it can do great damage to many areas of the body, especially to blood vessels and nerves. It leads to blindness, kidney failure, sexual dysfunction, and increased risk of heart attack and stroke, nerve damage (neuropathy), and many other problems.
Type I is commonly called “juvenile onset diabetes” or “insulin dependent diabetes” because it often begins when an individual is a child or young adult and insulin injections are required to control blood sugar levels. In Type I diabetics, the pancreas cells that produce insulin are destroyed, and the body produces little or no insulin. These people must receive insulin injections in order to live. About eight percent of all diabetics are Type I.