Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is
needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes
continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise
appear to play roles.
There are 20.8 million people in the United States, or 7% of the population, who have diabetes. While an
estimated 14.6 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately, 6.2 million people (or nearly onethird)
are unaware that they have the disease. In order to determine whether or not a patient has pre-diabetes or
diabetes, health care providers conduct a Fasting Plasma Glucose Test (FPG) or an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test
(OGTT). Either test can be used to diagnose pre-diabetes or diabetes. The American Diabetes Association
recommends the FPG because it is easier, faster, and less expensive to perform.
With the FPG test, a fasting blood glucose level between 100 and 125 mg/dl signals pre-diabetes. A person with
a fasting blood glucose level of 126 mg/dl or higher has diabetes.
In the OGTT test, a person's blood glucose level is measured after a fast and two hours after drinking a glucoserich
beverage. If the two-hour blood glucose level is between 140 and 199 mg/dl, the person tested has prediabetes.
If the two-hour blood glucose level is at 200 mg/dl or higher, the person tested has diabetes.Diabetes
often goes undiagnosed because many of its symptoms seem so harmless. Recent studies indicate that the early
detection of diabetes symptoms and treatment can decrease the chance of developing the complications of
diabetes. Some diabetes symptoms include:
- Frequent urination
- Excessive thirst
- Extreme hunger
- Unusual weight loss
- Increased fatigue
- Blurry vision
Diagnosis Diabetes Type 1
FIRST: You can't catch diabetes. It's not from what you eat,
and type 1 diabetes may not run in your family. In type
1diabetes, the pancreas stops making insulin. Experts are
still trying to find out why this happens. Without insulin, our
body cells can't use food properly, and sugar builds up in her
What You Need to Know About Type 2 Diabetes
Everyone's blood has some sugar in it because your body needs sugar for energy. But too much sugar in your blood can
mean that you have diabetes. Normally, your body breaks food down into sugar and sends it into your bloodstream. Then, your
pancreas makes a hormone called insulin. Its job is to help get the sugar from the blood into the cells to be used for energy.
Insulin helps keep blood sugar in a normal range. People with type 2 diabetes don't make enough insulin or it doesn't work
It's smart to take diabetes seriously. Type 2 diabetes can affect your long-term health. Diabetes doesn't go away. But you can find a way to care for it that works for you.
Encourage Blood circulation by massaging Mineral treatment onto Feet & Calf’s
Pain relief: Apply Intensive Foot Treatment on Feet & Calf’s
Regulate Insulin: by soaking in Magnesium bath
Refrain from drinking sodas (drink Green tea instead), processed food (especially Fast Food)