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Diabetes and the Human Body

by IBD Medical on February 14, 2024

Sometimes, our definition of diabetes is limited to fluctuating sugar levels. In reality, it is much more than just that! Let's make science our friend this week and really understand what happens. 

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Diabetes is a chronic medical condition that affects the human body's ability to regulate blood sugar levels. There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. In type 1 diabetes, the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, leading to a deficiency of insulin. Type 2 diabetes, on the other hand, is characterized by insulin resistance, where the body's cells become less responsive to insulin's effects. Insulin is a hormone that helps regulate the amount of glucose in the blood and allows it to enter cells for energy. Without proper insulin function, glucose accumulates in the bloodstream, causing high blood sugar levels. Over time, uncontrolled diabetes can lead to various complications, including heart disease, kidney damage, nerve damage, and vision problems. Management of diabetes involves maintaining a healthy lifestyle, monitoring blood sugar levels, taking prescribed medications, and, in some cases, using insulin therapy. Regular medical check-ups and a proactive approach to diabetes care are crucial for minimizing the long-term impact on the body.

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6 comments
by Marion Mohring on March 13, 2024

Interesting article.I have been a diabetic since the age of 4, I am now 76. Seen many changes.

by Ana Toth on June 17, 2019

I found the film very interesting. Have had Type2 for 46yrs and did not really understand it till now. Am managing quite well except no matter what I try I can’t lose the weight.

by Tania Howard on June 18, 2019

This is an excellent video explaining the 2 different types of diabetes- thank you
It would be wonderful if you could do a second video on the emotional scars of living with type 1 diabetes 😊

by Helen. Brown on May 27, 2019

Very informative I have type 2 for 20yrs but am managing quite well.74yrs old.

by Doris Formosa on May 27, 2019

Being a diabetic is interesting

by Robert Steadman on May 08, 2019

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Thanks for the article Diabetes and the Human Body. As many of us develop T1D in adulthood, sometimes via LADA, and most juvenile diabetics now survive as adults, I question the claim that it is mostly a disease of the under-40s. I already read the mail from DAust., Diabetes UK, the American D Association and e other US groups, I look forward to any IBD articles having different content.
Robert Steadman,
Melbourne

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