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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about Diabetes

Want to know more about Diabetes and how it can affect you?

There are some of common questions:



1. What is diabetes?

Diabetes may be defined as a disease which affects the pancreas, a particular organ which is located behind one's stomach. The main purpose of the pancreas is to release insulin into the bloodstream which aids in the body to process the food we consume through the usage of sugars and fats.

2. What are some of the precautionary signs of diabetes?

  • Excessive Thirst

  • Lack of energy

  • Weight Loss

  • Frequent Urination

  • Increased Hunger

  • Tiredness

  • Numbness in feet or hands

  • Blurred Vision

  • Frequent Infections

  • Slow-healing wounds

 

3. How many types of diabetes are there?

There are three main types of diabetes which entail:

  • Type 1 Diabetes

  • Type 2 Diabetes

  • Gestational Diabetes

There are other types of diabetes in existence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. What can diabetes result in?

Diabetes can result in a variety of issues which entails:

  • Cardiovascular diseases

  • Blindness

  • Kidney failure and/or

  • Lower limb amputation,etc. 

5. What causes Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is mainly caused by multiple factors which are:

  • Obesity which increases one's chance of developing diabetes, but it is a major factor for Type 2 diabetes.

  • 'Insulin Resistance' which is a possible defect in the insulin receptors on the cells since it must bind to the cells in order for the body to function. There are instances where the insulin does attach itself to the receptor, however, the cells are unable to decipher the signal to metabolize the sugar in one's body.

  • Family history 

  • Advancing Aging

  • Ethnicity

 

6. How is it managed?

​Type 1:

  • Regular Exercise

  • Proper Meal Planning

  • Taking your insulin shots on time

  • Regular Updates from your doctor about your progress

Type 2:

  • Regular Diet and Exercise

  • Taking one's medication on a regular basis

  • Monitoring your blood glucose, pressure and fats regularly