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What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a very common disorder, often lasting for the whole life. It affects the manner in which the body handles carbohydrates, fats and proteins. So it is very important to know the diabetes symptoms. Know details on type 1 and type 2 diabetes symptoms.

Diabetes Symptoms

Today 347 million people worldwide are living with diabetes, according to the study (2011) carried out by Professor Majid Ezzati from Imperial College London and Goodarz Danaei from the Harvard School of Public Health.

India in 2009 had 50.8 million people, the highest number, followed by China with 43.2 million and the US with 26.8 million. The annual report of International Diabetic Federation on 2 Nov 2009 projected 435 million people worldwide by 2030.



Today 347 million people worldwide are living with diabetes, according to the study (2011) carried out by Professor Majid Ezzati from Imperial College London and Goodarz Danaei from the Harvard School of Public Health.

India in 2009 had 50.8 million people, the highest number, followed by China with 43.2 million and the US with 26.8 million. The annual report of International Diabetic Federation on 2 Nov 2009 projected 435 million people worldwide by 2030.

A study sponsored by the Indian Council of Medical Research found 62 million people in India were diabetic, and 77 million were pre-diabetic

Insulin hormone is responsible for the conversion of glucose from food into energy. In people with diabetes, body stops producing insulin hormone or not in sufficient amounts. So the glucose stays in the blood raising they blood glucose levels in people with diabetes.

Diabetes can have serious complications. Fortunately, with a healthy lifestyle and with diet management you can lead a healthy life.

The diabetic people have a high level of blood sugar. The blood sugar level is regulated by insulin (a hormone produced by the pancreas). The blood sugar level is regulated by your eating habits.

In many people, type 2 diabetes show no symptoms. By the time type 2 diabetes is diagnosed, the complications of diabetes may already be present.

Diabetes Symptoms in Women and Men

The symptoms of type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes in adults (men and women) are similar and given below. These symptoms may occur suddenly. It is important to know that many people with type 2 diabetes feel no symptoms.

Some symptoms are unique to diabetes in women.

  • Being excessively thirsty
  • Passing urine frequently
  • Feeling tired
  • Feeling hungry always
  • Putting on weight or loss without obvious cause
  • Slow healing of cuts
  • Dry and itchi skin (Dry skin remedy, skin infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Cramps in legs
  • Reduced feeling in your hands or feet
  • Mood swings
  • Headaches, dizziness

Additional Diabetes Symptoms in women

  1. urinary infections
  2. Yeast Infection - vaginal and/or oral and vaginal thrush
  3. polycystic ovary syndrome
  4. female sexual dysfunction

If you are pregnant and have diabetes, consult your doctor who may monitor your blood glucose levels and general health before and during your pregnancy. Your baby is at risk for birth defects if your glucose levels are too high.

Risk factors for Diabetes in Women

Women have some unique symptoms of diabetes (diabetes symptoms in women).

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, you are at risk for type 2 diabetes if you:

[Source: Diabetes, www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/diabetes.html]

  • are older than 45
  • are overweight or obese
  • have a family history of diabetes
  • have a history of heart disease or stroke
  • are African-American, Native American, Native Alaskan, Hispanic, American Indian, Asian-Americans, etc.
  • have had gestational diabetes
  • have had a baby with a birth weight more than 9 pounds
  • have high blood pressure, high cholesterol
  • physically in active

Blood Sugar Level Measurement For Diabetes Patients

The diabetes patients may soon be able to wear contact lenses that will continuously alert them to changes in their blood sugar level by changing their colours, thanks to a new revolutionary technology developed by biochemical engineering Professor Jin Zhang at the University of Western Ontario, reported in Dec 2009.
The non-invasive technology uses extremely small nano-particles embedded into the hydrogel lenses that react with glucose molecules found in tears, causing a chemical reaction that changes their colour.

References
Diabetes Symptoms: American Diabetes Association
Type 1 diabetes - Diabetes Australia
Diabetes symptoms | healthdirect
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You should go to a Doctor if you have any of the diabetes symptoms.