Diabetes, known as diabetes is the most common chronic disease in the Netherlands. Approximately 300,000 people suffer, so it is important to know the causes, consequences and solutions are.
Most diabetics don’t experience any symptoms at all—and that’s why the number of people with diabetes is thought to be underestimated. But for those who do have symptoms, most complain of increased thirst and a frequent need to urinate.
The lack of symptoms doesn’t mean the disease isn’t serious—it’s actually quite the opposite. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, kidney disease, leg amputations, and nerve damage in the United States. And 65% of diabetics die from a heart attack or stroke, making what is called “cardiovascular disease” the leading cause of death in the United States in both women and men.
What is diabetes and what causes it?
When a person with diabetes is too high, the blood level (sugar level in the blood). In a normal person, the blood level of between 3 and 7 mmol per liter, is located while it can reach up to 20/30 mmol per liter. To a diabetic patient The biggest reason for this is obesity.
First of all do not panic as diabetes is controllable and one can lead a healthy life like a normal person following a few dietary changes and lifestyle modifications. While losing weight and increasing physical activity can help reduce the chance of getting diabetes and help to control it, some people try drastic diets, such as fasting (or not eating for a long period of time). But such kind of diets, research have shown, are effective only in a meager percentage of people in comparison to the majority of people in whom there is deterioration of the ability of their body to handle the glucose.
There are two types of diabetes
- Diabetes at a young age (under 35)
These patients are forced to spend the rest of their lives to inject insulin.
- Diabetes in old age
Is often undetected diabetes at older ages, because of vague symptoms. These patients are usually advised to take certain diets and tablets but can also be treated by injecting insulin.
Effects of diabetes
Patients who suffer from diabetes have an increased risk of the following diseases:
- Organ Damage
- Disorders of great arteries
- Damage to small blood vessels and capillaries
- Impairment of nervous system and nerves (neuropathy)
- Impairment of connective tissue
What can you do yourself?
- Know what you eat (especially the number of carbohydrates)
- Watch your weight (overweight is actually the biggest cause)
- Move daily 30 minute intensive (eg cycling or running)
- Stop smoking (smoking increases because the risk of cardiovascular vascular diseases, kidney problems and organ disorders. Patients who actually quit smoking will also find that their blood sugar enhanced)