Health — Tuesday 20th August 2013
What is Diabetes? Diabetes is a chronic disorder wherein a person has high blood sugar levels. This occurs when insulin produced by the pancreas is not sufficient or cells do not respond to the insulin. Instead of being utilized as energy, glucose builds up in the blood of those who have this disease. The body gets its energy from glucose taken from foods such as rice, potatoes, bread, pasta, fruit, and milk. It needs insulin to make use of this glucose. Insulin is a hormone that controls the level of sugar in blood. Adverse Effects of Diabetes
- It can damage the blood vessels, which supply the nerves, resulting to a gradual loss of sensation in hands, feet, and even in limbs.
- It can damage the blood vessels in the retina and when not treated, may lead to blindness.
- It can damage the kidneys’ blood vessels and its function of eliminating excess water and waste from the body.
- It can make affected people more prone to urinary tract infection.
- It can cause chemical imbalance resulting to nausea and vomiting.