Type 2 Diabetes is an impairment the way the body regulates and uses sugar as a fuel. It is a long-term condition which results in too much sugar circulating in the bloodstream. This may lead to other disorders of the circulatory, nervous and immune system.
Having Type 2 Diabetes means that you have two interrelated issues. Your pancreas does not produce enough insulin. Insulin is a hormone that regulates the movement of sugar into cells. The body cells respond poorly to insulin and take in less sugar. Therefore, Diabetic clients need to have regular blood sugar tests to determine the amount of sugar in the blood so that they can be offered appropriate advice and treatment.
Type 2 Diabetes used to be known as an adult-onset diabetes, but ongoing research revealed that both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes can begin during childhood and adulthood. The increase of obesity in children has led to more cases of Type 2 Diabetes in younger people but it is still more prevalent in older adults.
Symptoms associated with Diabetes:
The signs and symptoms of diabetes may develop gradually. It is possible that you may be diabetic for several years before you get a diagnosis.
Common symptoms include:
Passing urine frequently
Fatigue or tiredness
Unplanned weight loss
Areas of darkened skin, usually in the neck area and armpits
Tingling sensation and numbness in the hands and feet
Currently, there is no cure for Type 2 Diabetes, but it can be managed through adopting a sustainable healthy lifestyle and medication
Type 2 Diabetes is primarily the result of two interrelated problems:
-Cells in the muscles, fat and the liver become resistant to insulin. These cells do not interact in a normal way with insulin and fail to take in enough sugar. This leads to too much sugar in the blood
-The pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin to manage blood sugar levels
The cause is unknown but there are contributing factors that have been identified, such as being overweight and inactive.
The Role of glucose
What is glucose? This is a form of sugar which is a main source of energy for the body cells that make up muscles and other body tissues.
The use and regulation of glucose includes the following:
-Glucose comes from 2 major sources: Food and your liver
-Glucose is absorbed into the blood stream and this is where insulin is needed to aid absorption of insulin into the cells.
-Your liver stores and makes insulin
-When you have not eaten anything for a while, your blood glucose drops. This is when the liver breaks down the stored glycogen into glucose to keep your glucose level within normal range
What happens when you have Type 2 Diabetes?
Sugar builds up in your bloodstream instead of moving into the cells. As blood sugar levels increase, the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas release more insulin. Overtime, the cells become impaired and fail to make enough insulin to meet the body’s demands.
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