Diabetes is a condition where there is abnormal blood glucose count in a person’s blood. We can get glucose from the foods we eat. Glucose is important because it serves as the energy for the body. The pancreas produces the hormone called insulin to aid in converting glucose into energy.
There are two types of diabetes: type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is when the body is not able to produce insulin at all while the type 2, which happens to be the most common type, the body is not able to utilize the insulin. When insulin is not used or produced, the glucose will stay in the blood. Before it becomes full-blown diabetes, prediabetes is a phase where there is a high count of glucose in the blood but not high enough to be called diabetes. If you have diabetes, this will give you a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
When there is too much glucose in the blood and is left alone, several serious medical conditions occur. Damages are common and will usually attack the eyes, kidneys, and nerves. Diabetes can lead to several complications, including stroke and amputations of extremities. Diabetes that is developed during pregnancy, is called gestational diabetes.
Several diagnostic procedures are performed to know if you have diabetes or not. One of the tests is called the A1C, can also check on how you are managing your diabetes. Preventive measures can also help in controlling diabetes such as exercise; dieting and weight control can help in controlling diabetes. Monitoring blood glucose levels and taking medicine as prescribed can help in managing diabetes.
- There is markedly increased in thirst and urination
- Hunger is increased
- Vision will be impaired
- Numbness and tingling in the extremities
- Slow-healing sores
- Excessive weight loss
Type 1 diabetes can happen if the body is not able to produce insulin or when the body’s own immune system attacks the beta cells in the pancreas. When beta cells are destroyed, the pancreas will not be able to produce insulin.
Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, is caused by several factors. These are being overweight, obese and there is physical inactivity.
If you think you are suffering from Diabetes you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Diabetes as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).