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What You Need to Know About Diabetes

If you’ve done your homework, then you might already know that diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disease that causes high blood sugar. Your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t effectively use the insulin it makes.

Just in case you might not know, the hormone insulin moves sugar from the blood into your cells to be stored or used for energy. In the event that this malfunctions, you may have diabetes. Failing to treat high blood sugar from diabetes can damage your nerves, eyes, kidneys, and other organs.

Either way, it is in your best interest that you educate yourself regarding diabetes and take the necessary steps to prevent or manage it to help protect your health.

Types of Diabetes

There are different types of  diabetes you should know about. They include Type 1, Type 2, Type 1.5, and Gestational. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. The immune system attacks and destroys cells in the pancreas, where insulin is made.  Type 2 diabetes, on the other hand, occurs when your body becomes resistant to insulin, and sugar builds up in your blood.

Type 1.5 diabetes also known as latent autoimmune diabetes in adults occurs during adulthood and sets in gradually like type 2 diabetes. It is an autoimmune disease that can’t be treated by diet or lifestyle. As for gestational diabetes, it is high blood sugar during pregnancy. Insulin-blocking hormones produced by the placenta lead to this type of diabetes.


Prediabetes is a term that’s used when your blood sugar is higher than expected. However, it is not high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. It occurs when the cells in your body fail to respond to insulin the way they should. This has the potential to lead to type 2 diabetes down the road.

The Bottom Line

You should keep in mind that diabetes can lead to serious medical complications. However, you can manage the condition with medication and lifestyle changes. Ensure you have a word with your medical practitioner regarding safe ways to incorporate different activities into your diabetes management plan.

Remember, you may be required to follow special precautions, like checking your blood sugar before and after working out and making sure to stay hydrated. It is also essential that you work with a personal trainer or exercise physiologist who has experience working with people who have diabetes.

Lisina Jordan

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