What Is Diabetes Mellitus?
Diabetes mellitus is the inability of the body to produce or respond properly to the hormone insulin. The body needs insulin to convert blood sugar (glucose) into energy. Failure to control diabetes may lead to serious diseases such as:
Diabetes is treatable. However, even when their glucose levels are under control, people with diabetes have a greatly increased risk of having heart disease and stroke. According to
American Heart Association, most people with diabetes die of some form of heart or blood vessel disease. Part of the reason for this is that diabetes affects cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Often people with diabetes also have high blood pressure, increasing their risk even more.
- Heart attack
- Kidney failure
- and others
When diabetes is detected, we may prescribe the following to keep your condition in check:
It's critical for people with diabetes to have regular check-ups. Work closely with us to manage your diabetes and control any other risk factors. If you have any questions, please call or write us and we will be happy to help.
- Lifestyle changes (such as dieting)
- Weight control
- Exercise programs
- and even drugs
What Is Hypoglycemia?
Hypoglycemia is a low level of blood sugar (glucose). Since glucose is the major source of energy for the brain, hypoglycemia is a dangerous condition. Lack of glucose, like lack of oxygen, produces brain damage or even death if the deficit is prolonged.
Hypoglycemia can occur after insulin excess and/or inadequate sugar intake, among other causes. These situations are commonly seen in people with diabetes whenever they receive too much insulin or don't eat enough.
What You Should Know About Hypoglycemia?
What Causes It:
Too little food
Too much insulin or other diabetes medicine
How It Begins:
Why Can it Be Dangerous:
When uncontrolled, hypoglycemia may progress to loss of consciousness.
Symptoms of Hypoglycemia:
You know if you are affected if you experience a combination of any of the following symptoms:
- Impaired vision
- Fast heartbeat
What Can You Do?
You can take the following preventive measures:
- Drink half a glass of juice or a regular soft drink, a glass of milk. Eat several soft candies.
- After 30 minutes, test your blood glucose. If your symptoms don't stop, call us.
- Then eat light snack (a 1/2 sandwich of peanut butter or meat with a 1/2 glass of milk).
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National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse was established in1978 to increase knowledge and understanding about diabetes among patients, health care professionals, and the general public. It provides easy-to-read multilingual brochures on topics ranging from inquiries about available patient and professional education materials to statistical data on diabetes.
American Heart Association's Information on Diabetes
American Heart Association provides in-depth look at diabetes, its major risks, its connection to heart disease and much more. This site is a great resource for all who want to learn more about diabetes mellitus.