What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is one of those diseases that most people have heard about. But few people really understand it. Sure we have all probably mentioned it in a joke about how sweet someone’s tea or Kool-Aid. You might even have said that your momma’s fried chicken will give it to you. But that’s about as far as we go into this scary arena. I want to break diabetes down for you in a way that ignores all of fancy medical terms. Instead, I want to bring it down to a level that regular people will understand.

Diabetes is a disease that stops your body from storing the sugar that you eat. This causes:

  1. Your body’s cells to starve because of lack of energy. And
  2. Over time, high blood sugar may damage the eyes, kidneys, nerves, or heart.

Type 1 diabetes occurs when your body is not able to make insulin or makes too little insulin. This type is usually diagnosed in children, but may appear later in life as well.

Type 2 diabetes is caused by the body becoming resistant to insulin or unable to make enough. Or your body loses its ability to create insulin. It used to be found mainly in adults and the elderly but it is now seen more in teens and young adults.

Unfortunately, there is no way to cure diabetes. It is manageable though. Many studies have shown that healthy lifestyle changes like losing weight, eating right, and being active can prevent or delay diabetes. If you’re diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, these same lifestyle changes can stop it from getting worse. These changes are most effective with medications that control blood sugar.

I hope that this has helped you understand diabetes more. This site is perfect for learning about lifestyle changes that you can make to live better. Check out the meal planning section to learn how to plan healthier meals. Go to “Recipes” to find recipes that are healthy and tasty. If you have any other health conditions you want to know about go back to the Heart Disease section to learn more.

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