Symptom: Diabetes (Mellitus, Type 1 and Type 2)

  • Diabetes is a condition characterized by the body's inability to regulate glucose (sugar) levels in blood.
  • In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce enough insulin.
  • People with type 2 diabetes can produce insulin, but the body is not able to use the insulin effectively.
  • Symptoms of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes include
  • excessive thirst,
  • excessive hunger,
  • weight loss,
  • fatigue, and
  • excessive urination.
  • The cause of type 1 diabetes is believed to be an autoimmune reaction. The exact cause of type 2 diabetes is poorly understood, but it tends to run in families.
  • Diagnostic tests for diabetes include the measurement of blood glucose levels.
  • Changes in lifestyle and diet may be adequate to control some cases of type 2 diabetes. Others with type 2 diabetes require medications. Insulin is the treatment of type 1 diabetes.
  • There is no known way to prevent type 1 diabetes. Prevention of type 2 diabetes can be accomplished in some cases by
  • maintaining a healthy weight,
  • exercising, and
  • living a healthy lifestyle.
  • Prediabetes is a condition that can occur before development of type 2 diabetes.
  • Complications of diabetes include damage to blood vessels, leading to heart and kidney disease. Damage to blood vessels in the eye can also result in vision problems. Nerve damage can also occur, leading to diabetic neuropathy.
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    • Diabetes is a condition characterized by the body's inability to regulate glucose (sugar) levels in blood.
    • In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce enough insulin.
    • People with type 2 diabetes can produce insulin, but the body is not able to use the insulin effectively.
    • Symptoms of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes include
      • excessive thirst,
      • excessive hunger,
      • weight loss,
      • fatigue, and
      • excessive urination.
    • The cause of type 1 diabetes is believed to be an autoimmune reaction. The exact cause of type 2 diabetes is poorly understood, but it tends to run in families.
    • Diagnostic tests for diabetes include the measurement of blood glucose levels.
    • Changes in lifestyle and diet may be adequate to control some cases of type 2 diabetes. Others with type 2 diabetes require medications. Insulin is the treatment of type 1 diabetes.
    • There is no known way to prevent type 1 diabetes. Prevention of type 2 diabetes can be accomplished in some cases by
      • maintaining a healthy weight,
      • exercising, and
      • living a healthy lifestyle.
    • Prediabetes is a condition that can occur before development of type 2 diabetes.
    • Complications of diabetes include damage to blood vessels, leading to heart and kidney disease. Damage to blood vessels in the eye can also result in vision problems. Nerve damage can also occur, leading to diabetic neuropathy.

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