Diabetes is a disease in which the body either does not produce or does not properly utilize insulin.
Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. Because diabetics have a problem with insulin, their body can't use glucose (blood sugar) for energy. This results in elevated blood glucose levels (hyperglycemia) and the eventual urination of sugar out of their bodies. Diabetes can lead to serious complications and premature death.
- “In 2010, 26.9% of Americans were diagnosed with diabetes.
- 17 million Americans have diabetes . . . with 5.9 million completely unaware that they even have the disease.
- Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
- Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease, heart attacks, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nervous system disease, erectile dysfunction, amputations, dental disease and pregnancy complications.
- People with diabetes are twice as likely to have depression, than people without diabetes.”
Millions of people have diabetes and don't even know it because the symptoms develop so gradually, people often don't recognize them. Some people, particularly pre-diabetics, have no symptoms at all. In fact the International Diabetes Federation estimates that globally as many as 183 million people, or half of those who have diabetes, are unaware of their condition.Diabetics may have SOME or NONE of the following symptoms:
- Frequent urination
- Excessive thirst
- Extreme hunger
- Unexplained weight loss
- Sudden vision changes
- Tingling or numbness in hands or feet
- Poor circulation
- Poor sleep
- Feeling very tired much of the time
- Very dry skin
- Sores that are slow to heal
- More infections than usual
Phytolistic Blurb: Diet, stress, exercise, supplements can all be used to reduce your risk of developing diabetes and may possibly even reverse it.
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