Diabetes is a lifestyle disease affecting 9.3 percent of the global population. In 2019, 463 million people are estimated to be affected by either Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes. While 9.3 percent is still relatively a small number, diabetes should not be taken for granted since once you are diagnosed with diabetes, you will have it for the rest of your life. It is only through proper Diabetes Management that a person with diabetes can live a long and close-to-normal life.
In order to have an effective Diabetes Management program, it is important to fully understand what people will be facing when they have diabetes.
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Diabetes is a chronic health disorder where your body's ability to turn food into energy is affected. There are two main reasons why your body is not utilizing food into energy effectively. One reason is that your pancreas is no longer able to produce insulin. The second reason is that your body is not able to properly utilize the insulin produced by the pancreas.
There are two main types of diabetes. A person whose pancreas is not producing the right amounts of insulin will be diagnosed as having Type 1 Diabetes. Persons with Type 1 diabetes will need to implement an Insulin Management program such as daily insulin injections to keep their blood sugar levels under control.
On the other hand, Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed for persons with a malfunctioning internal Insulin Management system. This means that the internal organs of the person's body are no longer able to utilize insulin. Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes and accounts for about 90 percent of all cases in the world.
Out of the two types, Type 1 Diabetes is deadlier since your body is relying on external insulin management, which means that you are forever reliant on injected insulin. However, with proper insulin management, Type 1 diabetics can live a normal and healthy life.
A person with Type 2 Diabetes may develop a Diabetes Management plan without the need for insulin therapy. Type 2 diabetics may reach desired blood sugar levels by re-establishing their bodies' homeostasis through diet and exercise alone. One of the more common reasons why organs fail to utilize insulin properly is because they are covered with fat. Reducing body fat can help the body utilize insulin more effectively.
Diabetes is a chronic disease and will stay with a person for life. However, with proper insulin management, a Type 1 Diabetic may live a long healthy life. Likewise, a Type 2 Diabetic may also enjoy a long normal life with the right Diabetes Management program that involves regular exercise and proper diet.
At Forum Medical Centre, our doctors will be happy to discuss your condition with you and come up with a personalised treatment plan to help you manage your Diabetes. To book an appointment, call us on 02 9572 7777