There are millions of people suffering from diabetes in the United States, and if you are one of these people, it means you have the improper amount of sugar in your blood. High or low blood sugar levels in the bloodstream can cause serious damage to the body's cells and tissues and needs to be kept under strict control. All types of diabetes are treatable, but there is no known cure and they last a lifetime. A healthy diet, exercise, weight loss, insulin, medications and diabetic supplements can help diabetics, but it requires a commitment and a change in lifestyle.
Having diabetes essentially means having a group of diseases that affect how the body uses blood sugar (glucose) circulating in the bloodstream. When you are a diabetic there are improper levels of sugar in your blood that can lead to very serious health problems, requiring you to take control. Glucose is important to the body's health because it is a source of energy for the cells that make the muscles and tissues that make the body function properly. Blood sugar is also required to energize the brain, which controls most all of the body's activities. Keeping the brain functioning properly requires that it receive optimal levels of blood sugar. A big factor in controlling diabetes is in controlling your blood sugar levels.
Diabetes comes from a Greek term meaning a siphon. The term mellitus was added in 1675 due to the urine of a diabetic having extra glucose, making the urine sweet. Thus the current day use of the term Diabetes Mellitus. Diabetics are usually diagnosed as being type 1, type 2 or gestational, but there is also juvenile diabetes and currently there are people being diagnosed as having prediabetes. Type 1 diabetics have usually obtained the disease at an early age, during childhood or adolescence, Type 2 diabetics are the most common and can develop the disease at any age. If not obtained through genetics, type 2 diabetes is mostly preventable by following a healthy lifestyle. Gestational diabetic usually occurs during pregnancy.
Symptoms of diabetes can be any of the following:
- Frequent urination
- Extreme hunger
- Unexplained weight loss
- Blurred vision
- Frequent infections
Glucose comes from two major sources; externally in food and internally from the liver. During digestion, sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream and enters the body's cells with the help of insulin that comes from the pancreas, located behind the stomach. The liver not only manufactures insulin but stores it to be released when the body has not received food in a while. This keeps the blood sugar levels in a normal range.
In type 1 diabetics, the immune system attacks and destroys insulin producing cells in the pancreas leaving the body with little or no insulin allowing the buildup of blood sugar in the bloodstream. In type 2 diabetics, the body's cells become resistant to the action of insulin making the pancreas unable to produce enough to over ride the resistance, again causing blood sugar levels to rise. Some people are diabetic and are unaware of it until the disease in identified by their health care provider. It has been known to jump family generations and being told you are a diabetic can be confusing and unexpected. Diabetes is not curable, but it is controllable and avoiding high (hyperglycemia) and low (hypoglycemia) levels in blood sugar will reduce the risk of diabetes complications.
Blood Sugar Support Capsules are a scientifically formulated combination of vitamins, minerals and herbs designed to keep blood sugar levels in their normal range. This is a dietary supplement that contains ingredients that have been chosen for their unique properties and positive effects in helping to control the sugar levels in the bloodstream. The ingredients in these capsules have traditionally been used to regulate blood sugar levels.
From : Donald Willey / EzineArticles