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Diabetes is a condition in which the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood is too high. This is caused by a problem with insulin which is produced by the Pancreas. (A gland in the body). Either not enough insulin is produced or the insulin that is produced is ineffective. Insulin helps to convert the food that we eat into energy. If there is not enough insulin or it is not working properly then the level of sugar in the blood rises and damages the blood vessels, which transport the sugar around the body.
Damage to the blood vessels can result in problems such as:
Eye, kidney, heart and foot problems.
There are two main types of diabetes.
Type 1 Diabetes (previously called juvenile onset or insulin dependent
Type 2 Diabetes (previously called maturity onset or non insulin dependent Diabetes.)
SymptomsThe most common symptoms are increased thirst and an increased need to urinate. Other symptoms include infections especially of the skin or genital tract, frequent boils, slow healing of wounds, lack of energy, numbness in the legs or feet, dizziness and blurred vision. Type 2 Diabetes may have little or no symptoms at all.
As Yet there is no cure for Diabetes. The treatment consists of making sure that the level of sugar in the blood is as close to normal as possible. This is achieved through diet and exercise, tablets or insulin.
Diet is the mainstay of treatment and means that a healthy diet, which is low in sugar and fat, should be followed.
All people who have Diabetes should monitor their condition constantly.
ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE TAKING BUSH TEAS
AND HERBAL MEDICINES OR SUPPLEMENTS AS THEY MAY AFFECT YOUR CONDITION.