The incidence of diabetes has increased over the last several years. It is a serious condition that can affect you as you get older, or you can have it as a child. The more you learn about diabetes the better you can relate to those who have the condition.
Diabetes is a metabolic condition of the body. The body has a problem regulating the amount of sugar in the bloodstream. Another name for blood sugar is glucose. This is where you get your daily energy from. The body uses that sugar to keep you moving and also to fuel certain processes that go on in the body on the cellular level.
Let’s make it a bit simpler. You’ve heard of insulin. Insulin is a hormone in the body that regulates your blood sugar level. Insulin is produced in your pancreas. When your food is digested and broken down into nutrients the glucose enters the blood.
Insulin directs the glucose to enter the liver, muscle and fat cells for fuel. Any excess glucose is stored by the body. In the body of a person with diabetes, the pancreas may not produce enough insulin to regulate the blood sugar levels. Also, a person with diabetes may have a malfunction in their body where the insulin is produced but doesn’t do what it is supposed to do.
As a result of any malfunction, the glucose, or blood sugar, stays in the blood instead of going to the cells that need it for metabolism. The blood sugar level rises and can damage organs that don’t need high glucose levels.
There are two main types of diabetes. The first is Type 1 diabetes. With this diabetic condition, the body will do one of two things: a) stop producing insulin, or b) not produce enough. With too little insulin to regulate blood sugar levels, the cells that need the glucose don’t receive it. These organs can’t do their jobs because they lack the fuel source they need.
Type 1 diabetes is most often seen in children and teenagers. It is sometimes called juvenile diabetes or insulin dependent diabetes. It can also occur in adults with pancreatic problems that inhibit insulin production. A person with Type 1 diabetes needs insulin each day.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t use insulin in the right way. The pancreas produces it but the body resists using it. As a result, more insulin is produced by pancreatic cells. If there is not enough insulin used by the body to battle blood sugar levels, the person is considered to be diabetic. This form of diabetes usually occurs in adulthood. It is called non-insulin dependent diabetes.
The body operates like a well-oiled machine. When it malfunctions certain conditions occur. Diabetes is a result of problems with insulin and blood sugar levels in the body.
In Louise Hays’ book You Can Heal Your Life, she states that diabetes is lounging for what might have been. A great need to control. Deep sorrow, No sweetness left.
Affirmation: This moment is filled with joy. I now choose to experience the sweetness of today. I am perfect health now.
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