Diabetes

Diabetes Type I and Type II: What Is the difference?

If you have been diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus Type I or Type II you are probably wondering what it is and what the difference is between the two types. Diabetes Mellitus is a disease that affects that body’s ability to produce insulin and/or the body’s ability to use it.

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Who Is At Risk for Developing Diabetes?

Diabetes Mellitus Type I or Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM) is a genetic disease. It appears that people with this genetic pre-disposition develop an auto-immune disorder in which the immune system attacks the beta cells within the pancreas that are responsible for making insulin.

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Diabetes Signs & Symptoms

If you already know you are at risk for diabetes then the next thing you should do is find out what the signs and symptoms are so you can watch for them.

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Managing Diabetes during Stress

Managing diabetes can be difficult task when you are just learning about the disease. There is a lot to learn and a lot to remember to do. Diabetics have to manage their blood glucose on a daily basis.

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Diabetes Life Style Changes

The diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus means you will need to make many lifestyle changes to prevent or at least slow down complications related to the disease. These diabetic complications may be acute or chronic but both have very serious consequences.

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Diabetes Medications: Will I need insulin?

Now that you have been diagnosed with diabetes you are probably wondering if you are going to need daily shots of insulin. This will depend on a number of factors including the amount of fats and carbs (sugar) in your diet.

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Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia

Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia are two serious complications of Diabetes Mellitus that can be managed by knowing the signs and symptoms, and what you should do when these emergencies arise.

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Diabetes and Nephropathy Kidney Failure

Diabetic Nephropathy is the leading cause of Kidney Failure or End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) in the United States. It is also the leading cause of death for Type I diabetics.

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Acute and Chronic Complications of Diabetes Mellitus

First let me explain the difference between acute and chronic. Acute complications are when something happens suddenly. The body doesn’t have time to adjust to the changes and a person suddenly feels very sick with multiple symptoms.

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Diabetic Neuropathy


One of the major complications of Diabetes Mellitus is Diabetic Neuropathy. This involves a breakdown of nerve fibers which eventually leads to a loss of nerve function. We have two types of nerves in our bodies, sensory nerves and motor nerves.

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