Diabetes Mellitus. What Are You? – Part 1

According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, diabetes is one of the most common and tough endocrine diseases. In its worst forms diabetes mellitus results from insufficient body production of the pancreatic hormone insulin. A more easy form of the diabetes, which usually develops in middle-aged overweight adults who doesn’t move much (Yes, it could be about you if you are “couch potato”!) results from an inability to utilize insulin effectively.

I am almost a couch potato myself and have people around me who diagnosed with diabetes disease. So I became apprehensive. I want to know about diabetes and how to avoid it. I want to find a truth about this animal called diabetes mellitus to be prepared and on lookout.

I am looking in Encyclopaedia Britannica again. Diabetes Mellitus is a disorder of carbohydrate (sugar, to be simple) metabolism resulting from insufficient production of or reduced sensitivity to insulin. A polypeptide hormone, insulin is created in the beta cells of the islets of Langerhans of the pancreas (about pancreas in the next article) and necessary for normal utilization of glucose by most cells in the human body. In individuals with diabetes, the normal ability of body cells to use glucose is inhibited, thereby spiking blood sugar level (it is called hyperglycemia). As more glucose (sugar) accumulates in the blood, excess levels of sugar are expelled in the urine (it is called glucosuria). Telling symptoms of diabetes mellitus include increased urinary volume and frequency, thirst, itching, hunger, weakness and weight loss.

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Diabetes mellitus disease have two varieties. First is Type I (Type 1) diabetes. It is insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or IDDM, for which everyday insulin injections is required; it was formerly refered as juvenile onset diebetes. In this type, insulinis not produced by the pancreas and hence must be substituted by niddle injections.

Type II (Type 2) diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, or NIDDM, it used to be called adult onset diabetes, can be controlled by dietary restrictions and special diets for diabetes. It derives from sluggish pancreatic insulin production and tissue resistance to body produced insulin. It could be complicated by some changes in the production of insulin by beta cells. Any type of diabetes mellitus can occur at ail ages, nobody’s safe. Non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus is the most common type with almost 95 percent of all cases on its balance.

Are you interested yet? I am. But let’s proceed further. Again some input from encyclopaedia.

Diabetes Mellitus (from Greek diabainein, “to pass through” and from Latin mellitus, “sweetened with honey”) has been known for ages since ancient times! Noted that recovery from diabetes on your own without treatment of some kind almost never occurs. While the, exact causes of diabetes remain unknown and puzzling, certain facts are evident. Beta cells damage in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus is the result of autoimmunity process, in which a diabetic individual’s immune system creates antibodies that destroy their own beta cells. Non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, on the other side, is firmly linked and slammed to obesity in most cases. Here you go, couch potato. Want some more of that junk food, I wonder? 🙂 Let’s think about it.

See you soon.

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