This blog post talks about diabetes and its symptoms, causes for high blood sugar and low blood sugar, long-term complications of diabetes, and more.
Diabetes is a condition that results in increased sugar (glucose) levels in the blood. It is a serious disease, which, if not controlled, can be life-threatening.
The body produces insulin, which helps lower sugar. Deficiency of insulin can lead to sugar in the blood.
You may have diabetes if you have the following symptoms:
If you experience such symptoms, consult your doctor immediately.
Uncontrolled diabetes can cause the following problems:
High blood sugar is called hyperglycemia and is caused by:
Low blood sugar is called hypoglycemia and is caused by:
Note: If you experience headache, fatigue, blurred vision, sweating, and dizziness, your blood glucose level might be low. Get your blood glucose level checked.
If your glucose level is low, or if you can’t test right then, eat or drink something with 15 grams of sugar right away, such as half a cup of fruit juice/soft drink, or 2 toffees, or 1 tablespoon of sugar.
Diabetes damages the nerves in your legs and arms. This can cause tingling, numbness, burning, or pain that usually begins at the tips of your toes or fingers and gradually spreads upwards.
If not treated, you could lose all sense of feeling in the affected limb.
Diabetes can damage the delicate filtering system present in the kidneys, leading to kidney failure that requires dialysis or a kidney transplant.
Diabetes can damage the retina of your eyes, which may lead to blindness.
The major complication of diabetes is damage to the heart and blood vessels, which can cause heart attack, stroke, and poor circulation.
Studies have established that the risk of heart attack and stroke is more in diabetics than non-diabetics.
High blood sugar impairs your immune system and increases your risk of infections.
Your mouth, gums, lungs, skin, feet, kidneys, bladder, and genital area are all susceptible to infection.
The risk of complications associated with diabetes can be largely decreased with proper blood sugar (glucose) control and the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle.
Early detection of complications by routine medical examination also increases the chances that the damage can be reversed or minimized.
A diabetic should follow the four pillars of diabetes care to enjoy a healthy, normal life:
Every one of us has relied on the vast potential of healing herbs to cure illness and restore health.
In fact, many herbal formulations have provided amazing results and good support for modern medicine.
With reference to diabetes, Jambu, Karela, and Meshashringi are some herbs, which have been documented extensively for their favorable actions in controlling diabetes.
Extensive research and testing by Himalaya on such herbal ingredients have resulted in a safe, effective, and natural remedy for management of diabetes mellitus.
Note: Information in this article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat your problem without consulting your doctor.
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