Aip-health News 3. June
- Diabetes (part 2) -
early symptoms and how to live with it
- Types of diabetes explained
- Diabetes symptoms
- Genetic link
- Blood glucose levels
- Living with diabetes
- Glycemic Index
- Blood Sugar Pro
- Diabetic supplements
DIABETES - Early symptoms and how to live with
In the previous issue of this newsletter
we introduced a new Blood Sugar Pro supplement, designed to help
stabilize blood glucose levels.
Related to that, we also provided some basic information about Diabetes and what
it does to the body, including harm from high blood sugar
Now we continue with the 2nd part, with more information about
diabetes symptoms and how one can live with this disease.
TYPES OF DIABETES EXPLAINED
There are two types of diabetes - type 1 (Diabetes Insipidus) and type 2
(Diabetes Mellitus). While type 1 means the body produces no insulin, type 2 means the body is producing
insulin, but it's not using it efficiently and it stays in the blood, causing high blood sugar levels. This type
2 diabetes is by far much more common. There is also a third type known as Gestational Diabetes that affects
women during pregnancy, although it might persist afterwards.
Lately there have been new categorization, noting as many as 5 types of
- Autoimmune diabetes - approximately 6% of diabetics
- Insulin-defficient diabetes - appoximately 18% of diabetics
- Insulin-resistant diabetes - approximately 15% of diabetics
- Obesity-related diabetes - approximately 22% of diabetics
- Age-related diabetes - approximately 39% of diabetics
|Diabetes is a serious
disease, lately categorized in 5-6 different categories. But the main categories are type 1 and
type 2, with the later being by far the most prevalent.
But for the simplicity sake, it's generally accepted that there are two main
types, as outlined in the above introduction. Here we'll be dealing with the type 2 diabetes that's much more
common and includes both young and obese people and those who are older.
Here are some facts about diabetes:
- Type 1 affects approximately 10% of the diabetic
- Type 2 affects the other 90% of the diabetics.
- Overall, 1 in 10 adults could have diabetes, some of them not knowing
- Type 2 used to be known as 'old people disease', but now it affects many
people at younger age (obesity, lack of exercise, poor nutrition).
- About 25% of adults over 65 have diabetes, many not knowing
- Regular exercise and weight loss can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by
- Likewise, exercise and weight loss help manage diabetes much
Recognizing early warning signs and symptoms of type 2 diabetes (the most common
type) is vital to be able to deal with it and make appropriate lifestyle
and nutrition changes, to reduce the risk of severe
The early type 2 diabetes symptoms are:
- Feeling thirsty most of the time.
- Dry mouth, especially when you wake up or after a nap.
- Frequent urination, sometime every 10-15 minutes.
- Feelings of hunger, even after meals.
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Although, some people might experience
unexplained weight gain early on.
- Constant fatigue and tiredness.
- Loss of feeling in the skin surface in your lower
arms, especially after a rest or nap.
- Blurred vision caused by high glucose.
- Some people might experience headaches, too.
|Water is the most
desirable liquid for the body that needs to be regularly taken. But if you start being too thirsty
without a particular reasons, check with your doctor about diabetes. Excess thirst is one of
symptoms for diabetes type 2.
Generally, you won't experience all of these symptoms at once. But over a period
of time they will become more frequent and you might experience more of
them at the same time.
Overall, should you start feeling more thirsty than usual, urinate more
frequently, all combined with unexplained weight loss, seek medical
attention right away.
It might be nothing, but get your blood sugar levels checked, rather than hope
that it will pass or it's nothing.
If you have a friend or someone in your family with the disease, get them to check
your glucose levels. It's a quick, minute test that can indicate your
current blood sugar level.
But it's best to have it done properly by a qualified medical professional, or
your doctor, that can pick up all other indicators and assess whether you
might be at risk. Plus give you proper advice on how to tackle it
If your mum has diabetes, you are at much higher risk of getting it. This is the
genetic link, which increases your chance of ending with diabetes,
It's not a certain thing, but it means you should pay more attention to your
lifestyle and nutritional choices, and check your blood sugar more often
via proper blood test.
|One of the things to
be done regularly if you already suffer from diabetes is to check your blood sugar levels. This is
easily done at home via glucose meter by pricking your finger tip and using glucose test strips,
which usually give result in 5 seconds.
BLOOD GLUCOSE LEVELS
2021: A few words about blood glucose levels. These can slightly vary from country to
country, but this is an overall good guide to blood sugar levels.
Normal blood glucose
sugar or blood glucose levels in healthy people without diabetes
were generally considered to be between 4.0 and 5.4 mmol/L (72 to 99 mg/dL) when fasting. This is usually measured
in the morning, before taking any meal.
However, according to the latest norms, if your blood sugar level is up to 7.8
mmol/L (140 mg/dL) it's considered normal. If your reading is higher than that, of up to 11.1 mmol/L (200 mg/dL),
you're probably pre-diabetic, at risk of developing diabetes. In other words,
unless you immediately take steps to remedy that, you will end up with a full-blown diabetes.
If your blood sugar level is more than 11.1 mmol/L (200 mg/dL) than you probably
already have diabetes.
These blood sugar level measurements should be taken in the morning on an empty stomach, or two hours after a
Those who suffer from blood glucose levels lower than normal (below 3.9 mmol/L), might
have hypoglycemia. Those who
suffer from higher blood glucose (over 11.2 mmol/L) have hyperglycemia.
REMEMBER: Don't make any judgement calls on this by
yourself only. Consult your doctor or physician to determine what your condition is. The above measurements
essentially indicate number of sugar molecules per litre or blood.
LIVING WITH DIABETES
Diabetes is sometime called "feel-good disease", although it's anything but that.
Initially the harm caused by diabetes, i.e. high blood sugar, is small
and incremental, that happens over a period of time. So, you will
continue to feel good, even though micro damage is being done to your
body, whose cumulative effects will be felt later.
Other than the early symptoms of the disease, mentioned above, you won't feel much
harm from it. But as the time goes on, if you are not dealing with it
properly, this harm will become more and more serious. By then, the
damage done to your body might be irreversible. So, the
sooner you tackle this disease, the better and more chances
that you will live just about a normal life, although always
being mindful of the seriousness of your diabetic condition.
Not to sound too alarming, but people have lost their limbs, their eyesight, ended
up with strokes, all because of not dealing with their diabetes in time
and properly. So, be warned not to take this too lightly.
If you end up with diabetes type 2, it's not the end of the world. There are
millions of diabetic people who live normal lives with the disease. Some
of them are even competitive sports men and women, too.
The keys to living good with diabetes are:
Follow doctor's advice
Follow your doctor's advice and take your
medications as prescribed, regularly.
Keep mentally and physically active
Keep mentally and especially physically active. A
20-30 minutes daily walk is sufficient to keep you fit and
healthy. Even having a half-an-hour walk every other day
should keep you well. But it's better to try and make it a daily
habit. Then if you miss a day here and there, it won't matter
Remember: keep physically active
Once again, with diabetes, there is no overstating
the importance of regular physical activity. Remember
Do regular medical chekups
Do your medical checks more often, at least every
six months or even every 3 months, unless your doctor
tells you otherwise.
Follow good eating habits and smart nutritional choices
Watch your eating habits and nutritional
choices. There are certain foods that you should eat less
often, such as rice, bread, potatoes, pasta, etc. But if you
eat moderately, you can enjoy more variety and still
keep your blood sugar levels and diabetes under control.
|Walking has proven its
health-giving value time and over again, as the best way to prevent diabetes, along with
maintaining healthy body weight. But if you already suffer from diabetes, walking will help you
keep blood sugar levels low, as muscles tend to efficiently use excess blood sugar, plus help you
keep your weight down.
If you want to get more specific about your food choices, what foods are good for
diabetics and those that are not desirable, use Glycemic Index as your
The Glycemic Index was developed in the 90s by the University of Sydney, in
Australia. They scientifically tested both fresh and packaged foods to
determine which foods cause sugar spike after eating and
which don't do so much.
It's a great guide to use to further reduce the risk of having high blood sugar
and keep your diabetes under better control:
BLOOD SUGAR PRO
Blood Sugar-Pro is a clever dietary supplement that can contribute to your optimum
health and balance. It does so by stabilizing your glucose levels and
helping with weight loss.
The benefits of Blood Sugar Pro are:
- It's a natural, plant based dietary supplement
- Designed to assist with blood sugar management
- Helps to maintain a healthy blood sugar / glucose level
- It also supports an increased metabolism rate
- Taking supplement reduces carbohydrate cravings
- This in turn promotes better body weight management
- Promotes pancreatic health and improved production of
Blood Sugar Pro is available in packs of 180 capsules, at $49.99.
Get the full information and place your order here:
CAUTION: Blood Sugar Pro is not meant to replace your proper diabetic medication,
if you already suffer from the disease. Always follow your doctor's
advice first and used prescribed medications.
One of most often and arguably the best prescribed medications for diabetes type 2
is Metformin. It's available under different brand names, as 500mg and
In our online store you will find two such supplements:
(100 x 850mg tablets)
(100 x 500mg capsules)
Both supplements have Metformin as the main ingredient.
As always, though, talk to your doctor first and
avoid self-medicating for any serious health
conditions, including diabetes. Diabetes is a serious disease with
very serious consquences if not kept under control with the right medications. High blood sugar levels will,
with time, cause damage to your small capillaries and nerve endings, both of which can lead to serious damage
to many body organs. You can prevent this by regular medical checkups and appropriate medications when
needed, as prescribed by your doctor.