Diabetes, or diabetes mellitus, is a very common ailment, even though such ailment is not cannot be passed on from one person to another but merely developed. Moreover, diabetes is a difficult ailment to have because it often results in complications among the other organs of the body. The most common complications involve problems in the optical system, cardiovascular system and the kidneys. In view of these dangers, it is important for one to understand what exactly this ailment is and whether he is at risk of having such ailment so that he may take necessary precautions to avoid such an occurrence.
Common Cause of Diabetes
Diabetes is caused by the deficiency of the hormone called insulin, which affects the body’s metabolism. Insulin is produced by the pancreas. If the pancreas does not function properly and therefore does not produce enough or any insulin, then sugar is not utilized by the body, making the level of sugar in the blood very high.
Understanding the Different Types of Diabetes
There are basically three types of diabetes. These are Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, and the least common type, Gestational Diabetes.
The first type of diabetes usually occurs among children and young adults. People who have this type of diabetes need injections of insulin administered daily since their pancreas either produces very little amounts of insulin or nothing at all. This happens because the beta cells in the body which produce the hormone insulin are destroyed by the immune system, causing the organ to break down. One who constantly experiences increased thirst and urination, hunger, extreme weight loss, blurred vision, and constant and extreme tiredness should immediately consult a doctor so that he may be examined for Type 1 diabetes.
On the other hand, Type 2 diabetes, which is the most common type of diabetes, occurs mostly among adults over the age of forty. As distinguished from the first type, people who have Type 2 diabetes are not dependent on insulin. The symptoms of Type 2 diabetes are almost the same as those of Type 1, although they manifest themselves rather slowly and unnoticeably. These symptoms include regularly feeling tired or ill, frequent urination and unusual thirst, extreme or unusual weight loss and blurred vision. In addition, people who have Type 2 will usually have infections and they will notice that their sores or wounds are unusually slow to heal.
The last type of diabetes is called gestational diabetes which, as its term suggests, only occurs among women. This type of diabetes usually occurs only during pregnancy and disappears afterwards. However, a woman who has had this type of diabetes stands in great risk of getting or developing Type 2 diabetes when they grow older so attention must be given to this condition.
Knowing these types of diabetes and their symptoms could be helpful, especially for those who already notice manifestations of these symptoms in them or in their friends and family. As in all other diseases, early detection is key to better treatment and cure.
The Role of Chiropractic Care in Preventing Diabetes
Chiropractic care, in general, aims to restore the overall function and health of the body by removing sublaxations or damages in the nervous system. Thus, even though there isn’t any case study that proves chiropractic treatment can directly cure diabetes patients, it can be concluded that such practice can improve the body’s function and prevent the onset of diabetes, especially when coupled with regular exercise and right nutrition.
According to medical doctors, chiropractic care, as support to medication and lifestyle changes, can help normalize glucose urine and blood levels of patients that are likely to develop diabetes.