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Diabetes mellitus

The symbol for diabetes

Diabetes mellitus is an excess of glucose in the blood. It is a very common disease that affects over 150 million people. There are 2 types of diabetes, type 1 which often occurs in younger people and treatment is dependent on insulin, and type 2 (non insulin) which is more common and often occurs in people over 40. It is a disorder of the endocrine system that makes metabolic changes to the body that can result in damage to the kidneys, eyes, nerves, heart and blood vessels. It is possible to control this disease with careful management, but there is no known cure. Diabetes is also known as hyperglycemia.

Symptoms

Symptoms of diabetes mellitus may include excessive thirst, frequent urination, extreme hunger & sugar cravings, increased fatigue, blurry vision, irritability and unusual weight loss.

Causes

Insulin dependent diabetes (Type 1) occurs when the insulin producing cells in the pancreas are destroyed. The actual causes are not known although some viruses can affect the pancreas and the production of insulin. Type 2 diabetes is associated with risk factors that seem to cause some people to develop this disease more than others, including heredity, diet choices, obesity. Excessive body weight seems to be a predisposing factor. Age, emotional stress, and smoking may also factor into whether a person will develop the disease.

Cautions

Improper management of diabetes mellitus can result in serious consequences like coma and even death. Seek medical guidance to learn how to properly manage the disease. Diabetes also can lead to heart disease and other serious conditions.

Herbal Treatments

Herbalism is not suitable for treatment of Type 1 Diabetes and should only be used to treat Type 2 diabetes under the guidance of your physician.

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