Diabetes is a condition where the body can’t maintain a healthy level of Glucose (a form of sugar which is the main source of energy for our bodies) in the blood. This condition can lead to long term and short-term health complications. Diabetes can strike anyone, from any walk of life. Worldwide, it afflicts more than 380 million people. And the World Health Organization estimates that by 2030, the number of people living with diabetes will be more than double that is over 760 million people.
Diabetes is a serious complex condition which can affect the entire body, it requires daily self-care. If complications develop, diabetes can have a significant impact on quality of life and can reduce life expectancy. While there is currently no cure for diabetes, you can live an enjoyable life by learning about the condition and effectively managing it.
Diabetes is a defect in the body’s ability to convert glucose (sugar) to energy. Glucose is the main source of fuel for our body. When food is digested it is changed into fats, protein, or carbohydrates. Foods that affect blood sugars are called carbohydrates. Carbohydrates, when digested, change to glucose.
When we consume carbohydrates, they are broken into the form of energy which the body recognizes and utilizes…. called Glucose. Glucose is then transferred to the blood where the cells use them for energy. For this transfer to take place, hormone is needed. The organ than produces this hormone is known as pancreas. They are produced by the better cells in the pancreas.
When a person develops diabetes, the process is somewhat truncated. When production of hormone is insufficient, diabetes develops. This is not a palatable condition to live in or live with.