Sunday, December 17

Diabetes Mellitus The Silent Killer

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There are two types of diabetes, diabetes mellitus and diabetes insidious, and although in part they are similarly named, they are almost totally unrelated, with the only common denominators being an unquenchable thirst and frequent urination, brought about by totally different chemical factors.

Diabetes Mellitus has been aptly named ‘The silent killer’ and the type most people think of when they hear the word ‘diabetes’.  It is without question one of the worst medical condition anyone could possibly have.  It lurks in the shadows of the suffers health waiting to attack at its moment of choice and in its wake brings with it a range of other diseases such as high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, heart attacks, malfunctioning kidneys, nerve damage and impaired vision.

The disease is chronic and can either be classified as type 1 or type 2, with type 2  on the increase and fast becoming on of the most  most deadly disease globally.  Type 1 destroys the ability of the pancreas to produce insulin, whilst in the case of type 2, the body become resistant to the removal of insulin from the blood.

The symptoms usually starts with an unquenchable thirst, a general feeling of fuzziness frequently ignored at first, particularly by men. Yet those same symptoms send many women, particularly those who have past the menopausal age hurtling along to the physician to question their general feeling of un-wellness, when they believe that they should in fact be feeling better, now that the menopause has long disappeared.

A diagnosis of diabetes brings in its wake a whole host of other associated health problems which has the potential to ruin life as it was before the on-set of diabetes.  Dramatic I hear you say, yet dramatic it is. The long-term effect of the disease can be devastating and life-threatening.  Diabetes if it goes untreated has the power to lead to leg amputations, permanently dim the eyesight and cause the adrenal glands (kidneys) to malfunction, virtually sentencing the sufferer to a life of physical misery.

Diabetes as a stand alone disease seldom kills it host immediately, instead it nibbles away at the body’s organs leaving in its wake a range of symptoms which systematically damaging the bodily systems, as it eats away at its functioning ability and life-giving organs and ultimately the body’s health.

However, all is not lost.  Although diabetes is one of the top ten killers along with high blood pressure and high cholesterol, the symptoms can be effectively controlled and the damage curtailed with the correct diet, oral medication and insulin injections.  The blood pressure and cholesterol levels needs to be closely monitored and controlled in an effort to prolong life.

In western societies diabetes is usually a well controlled disease on a strict diet regime and medication, however in third world countries, where medical facilities are poor and adequate treatment, scarce, diabetes is still one of the main contributors to an early death as it ever was.


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