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FAQs About Diabetes

Is there a cure for diabetes?

There is no cure for diabetes at this time. There has been “speculation” about the role of gastric bypass surgery in curing type 2 diabetes, but this has not been scientifically proven.

What are the complications of diabetes?

Diabetes attacks small blood vessels and nerves. The end result can be strokes, blindness, heart attacks, kidney failure, and vascular disease of the legs and feet. This can lead to dialysis, amputations, and impotence in men! Tight control of one’s blood sugar (between 90-120 ng/ml) through diet, exercise, and weight loss can decrease the occurrence of complications.

What are the symptoms of type 2 diabetes?

You may experience excessive thirst, hunger, frequent urination, blurred vision, numbness or tingling in the feet and hands, infections (urinary tract, skin, and gums), poor wound healing, and fatigue. These are just some of the more common symptoms.

What causes type 2 diabetes?

It is usually caused by a combination of factors, including obesity, a sedentary lifestyle (low activity without exercise), or resistance to the insulin your body produces. It tends to be a chronic condition in which the body can’t use or store sugar; therefore, the levels of glucose in the bloodstream rise significantly. This form of diabetes typically occurs in adults over 40 years of age.

Who typically gets type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is usually associated with the risk factors of high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, obesity, increasing age, and physical inactivity. Diabetes is more common in Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, and Asian/Pacific Islanders.

What is diabetes insipidus?

This type of diabetes has nothing to do with elevated blood sugar. It is a rare condition that causes your body to produce excess amounts of urine. This urine will be without color or odor. People with this condition may produce between 3 to 20 quarts of urine. The only commonality between diabetes insipidus and diabetes mellitus is that they can make you extremely thirsty and urinate a lot.

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