Anyone Can Get Diabetes, Whoever You Are, We Can Help
Diabetes, a short name for Diabetes mellitus is a serious, complex and a chronic condition that affects the body’s ability to produce or utilize insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas and is responsible for the control of blood glucose. It is usually characterized by high blood sugars.
What are the symptoms of Diabetes?
Excessive thirst, Weight loss, Frequent urination, Excessive fatigue or lack of energy, Blurred vision, Numbness in hands or feet, Slow healing of cuts and bruises, Erectile dysfunction/impotence, Recurring infections often signify the onset of Diabetes.
What are the types of Diabetes?
- Type 1 Diabetes
It's an autoimmune reaction. It develops when the immune system in the body attacks the beta cells in the pancreas (which produce insulin) and kills them. This means that no more production of insulin, the hormone responsible for the transportation of glucose from the blood to the cells, to give the cells more energy. Therefore, more and more blood glucose builds up.
- Type 2 Diabetes
Occurs when the body in unable to use available insulin or produces inadequate amounts of insulin. It can be detected on people of all ages but usually develops on adults. It may take many years before it is detected.
- Gestational Diabetes
This is a temporary condition develops during pregnancy which is characterized by high blood glucose. It usually disappears after pregnancy, but women who experience this type of diabetes, together with their newborn are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.
World Diabetes Day 2015
We are excited to announce that this year's World Diabetes Day is on Saturday 14th, November, 2015. Will shall be giving more information on how you can participate before it is late.
More information about the day can be found here: www.idf.org/wdd-index.