Every year, thousands of Americans are stricken with diabetes. Diabetes is a medical disorder in which the body does not make or use insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone that is secreted by the pancreas. The main function of insulin is to metabolize glucose. The human body makes glucose from fat, such as butter and bacon, from proteins, like chicken and beef, and primarily from carbohydrates, such as breads and sugars. Glucose runs throughout the body’s bloodstream and it is what our body uses for energy. Without insulin, the human body would not be able to use glucose.
Diabetes may present in different ways. A person may be diagnosed as pre-diabetic, Type I diabetic, Type II diabetic or may have gestational diabetes. Diabetes symptoms include but are not limited to increased thirst, extreme hunger, unusual weight loss and blurred vision. In cases of Type II diabetes, the patient may experience frequent infections specifically of the skin, gums or bladder. They may also have slow to heal cuts or bruises and even tingling or numbness of the extremities. If an individual were to experience these symptoms they should seek care from a medical professional. After running a series of tests, the patient may be diagnosed as diabetic. (more…)