Asistel in English
Talking about diabetes requires terms like insulin, glucose, pancreas, cholesterol, triglycerides, hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, and tolerance or intolerance to certain substances that the body needs.
These terms can confuse and even scare some people. However, the best defense against the disease is being well informed.
Diabetes occurs when the pancreas doesn’t produce an adequate amount of insulin or the body doesn’t properly use the insulin it produces. The insulin is necessary to convert glucose, a type of sugar, into energy. For this reason, people with advanced stages of diabetes usually require insulin and other medications to control the level of sugar in their blood.
In diabetic people, it is very important to monitor the triglycerides, a type of fat in the blood, and LDL cholesterol. Too much of these types of fat in the blood stream increase the risk of heart attacks.
When diabetes is not kept under control, it can cause blindness, heart and kidney problems and amputations of limbs or digits.
Even though there is no cure for this disease, in the majority of cases controlling diabetes is not complicated. Sometimes, all the body needs to function better is a healthy diet and exercise. Medication and insulin may not be necessary.
To prevent diabetes and its complications, include fruit, vegetables and whole grains in your daily diet. Eat small portions of meat and eat small amounts of dairy products that have high amounts of fat, like cheese, butter and ice cream. Dedicate at least 30 minutes every day to exercise. Activities as simple as walking are a big help in protecting your health.
This information is meant only to educate and inform. Do not take or discontinue any action based on this information. It is important to consult your doctor.