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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Change of Lifestyle Can Easily Manage Diabetes 2

Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus commonly referred to as diabetes 2, is a diabetic problem that often occurs in people above the age of 30 years and usually runs in the patient's family. The condition can easily be triggered by the use of certain drugs, excess alcohol consumption, being overweight and so many other lifestyle activities. When you have diabetes 2, your blood glucose levels always tend to rise above the allowed amounts therefore forcing some of the glucose to spill into the urinal system. Once this has been done, the urine being excreted from the body appears to be filled with sugar hence being branded the name "sweet urine".

In most cases, patients suffering from diabetes 2 either do not have the ability to produce enough insulin responsible for the control of blood glucose levels or simply, do not have body cells that can respond to the hormone. This situation occurs as a result of a problem commonly known as insulin resistance, a condition which makes the muscles, fat cells and the liver not to utilize insulin properly. This condition usually occurs in people who are overweight or obese. The reason behind this is that, the excess fat in the body often inhibits the insulin from moving the glucose from the blood into the body cells. As this happens, the pancreas usually tries to keep up with the increased demand of glucose intake by producing as much insulin as it can. However, with time, the pancreas loses the ability to keep up with the ever increasing glucose levels hence diabetes 2 occurring. It is for this reason that people suffering from diabetes 2 are often advised to engage themselves in activities that make the body work in order to reduce the amount of excess fat deposited in the body hence increasing chances of insulin acting on the excess blood glucose.

Signs and symptoms that appear in patients with diabetes 2 include, having a blurred vision, experiencing excessive thirst, fatigue and having an increased rate of passing urine. Apart from having these symptoms, other complications may also occur in people suffering from diabetes 2. These complications include high blood pressure, stroke, kidney failure, heart problems, diabetic coma, dental problems, blood vessel problems, foot complications, skin complications and having a low resistance to infections.

In order to manage diabetes 2, lifestyle changes that support the reduction of fat levels in the body are usually encouraged to be undertaken. These changes could be anything from, exercising, eating food or taking drinks that are low on sugar and fat, reducing alcohol consumption among other things. However, when these changes prove not to work as needed, medical approaches may be sort in order to have satisfactory results. Among these medical approaches is the use of oral medicines such as Amaryl, a drug that works by enhancing insulin production in the body in response to any ingested meal and Avandia, an oral medicine that sensitizes the body towards insulin. Unfortunately, oral medicines come with side effects most of the times,like diarrhea, vomiting, kidney failure among many other problems. It is for this reason that proper consultation with your doctor should be done before you decide to use medication.

Wangeci Kinyanjui is an expert on research and reporting on Health Matters for years.To get more information on diabetes 2 visit her site at DIABETES 2.

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