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High blood sugar levels can cause several symptoms, including:
- Blurry vision
- Excess thirst
- Frequent urination
- Weight loss
Because type 2 diabetes develops slowly, some people with high blood sugar have no symptoms.
Symptoms of type 1 diabetes develop over a short period of time. People may be very sick by the time they are diagnosed.
Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas to control blood sugar. Diabetes can be caused by too little insulin, resistance to insulin, or both.
To understand diabetes, it is important to first understand the normal process by which food is broken down and used by the body for energy. Several things happen when food is digested:
A sugar called glucose enters the bloodstream. Glucose is a source of fuel for the body. An organ called the pancreas makes insulin. The role of insulin is to move glucose from the bloodstream into muscle, fat, and liver cells, where it can be used as fuel.
People with diabetes have high blood sugar because their body cannot move sugar into fat, liver, and muscle cells to be stored for energy. This is because either:
Their pancreas does not make enough insulin (Type 1 diabetes)
Their cells do not respond to insulin normally (insulin resistance)
Both of the above
There is no cure for Type 1 diabetes. Treatment involves medicines (taking insulin), diet, and exercise to control blood sugar and prevent symptoms and problems.
People with type 1 diabetes must use insulin.
Some people with type 2 diabetes can manage their diabetes with healthy eating and exercise. However, your doctor may need to also prescribe oral medications (pills) and/or insulin to help you meet your target blood glucose levels.
For more information, see diabetes resources.
Studies have shown that better control of blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure levels in persons with diabetes helps reduce the risk of kidney disease, eye disease, nervous system disease, heart attack, and stroke. By working closely with a Holistic Chiropractor who can help you develop a well-rounded, multifaceted approach to addressing your digestive concerns and cravings is warranted.
Emergency complications include:
- Diabetic hyperglycemic hyperosmolar coma
- Diabetic ketoacidosis
After many years, diabetes can lead to other serious problems: You could have eye problems, including trouble seeing (especially at night) and light sensitivity. You could become blind. Your feet and skin can develop sores and infections. After a long time, your foot or leg may need to be removed/amputated. Infection can also cause pain and itching in other parts of the body.
Diabetes may make it harder to control your blood pressure and cholesterol. This can lead to a heart attack, stroke, or other problems. It can become harder for blood to flow to your legs and feet.
Nerves in the body can become damaged, causing pain, tingling, and a loss of feeling. Because of nerve damage, you could have problems digesting the food you eat. You could feel weakness or have trouble going to the bathroom. Nerve damage can also make it harder for men to have an erection.
High blood sugar and other problems can lead to kidney damage. The kidneys might not work as well, and they may even stop working.
Working closely with a Holistic Chiropractor who can help you develop a well-rounded, multifaceted approach to addressing your digestive concerns and cravings is warranted. Addressing your digestive Yeast / Candidia imbalance and restoring balance to your digestive system is vital. Assisting the pancreas to function better with high quality Whole Food Supplements and modifying the diet would be important. This has demonstrated positive results when sticking to a specific treatment plan. If not, you will probably continue to need medication and develop other health imbalances as the course of Diabetes continues. Discussing what is involved and the time commitment necessary to having a full recovery is warranted.
Others have benefited by using Acupuncture, Homeopathy or Naturopathy when following the treatment guidelines set up by your practitioner and you. Discussing what is involved and the time commitment necessary to having a full recovery is warranted.
Signs and tests
A urine analysis may be used to look for high blood sugar. However, a urine test alone does not diagnose diabetes.
Your healthcare provider may suspect that you have diabetes if your blood sugar level is higher than 200 mg/dL. To confirm the diagnosis, one or more of the following tests must be done.
Fasting blood glucose level -- diabetes is diagnosed if it is higher than 126 mg/dL twice.
Levels between 100 and 126 mg/dL are called impaired fasting glucose or pre-diabetes.
These levels are risk factors for type 2 diabetes.
Hemoglobin A1c test --
- Normal: Less than 5.7%
- Pre-diabetes: 5.7% - 6.4%
- Diabetes: 6.5% or higher
- Oral glucose tolerance test -- diabetes is diagnosed if glucose level is higher than 200 mg/dL after 2 hours. (This test is used more often for type 2 diabetes.)
Screening for type 2 diabetes in people who have no symptoms is recommended for:
- Overweight children who have other risk factors for diabetes, starting at age 10 and repeated every 2 years
- Overweight adults (BMI greater than 25) who have other risk factors
- Adults over age 45, repeated every 3 years
Keeping an ideal body weight and an active lifestyle may prevent type 2 diabetes. There is no way to prevent type 1 diabetes.
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To prevent complications of diabetes, visit your health care provider or diabetes educator at least four times a year. Talk about any problems you are having. By working closely with a Holistic Chiropractor who can help you develop a well-rounded, multifaceted approach to addressing your digestive concerns and cravings is warranted. By getting a handle on your digestive yeast imbalance, restoring your microbiome to a more balanced level and taking a probiotic regularly will allow your digestive and endocrine systems to return to balance and you will no longer have to deal with type II diabetes. This is also great advice for anyone with type I diabetes to minimize the effects on the other aspects of your health.
Developing a healthy life-style with proper guidance from your Holistic Chiropractor is the best prevention when considering how to approach your health.
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