People with Type II diabetes are at higher risk of vision and kidney problems, heart disease and nerve damage. More than 90 percent of the time, lifestyle changes such as losing weight, cutting back on fat and getting daily exercise can help keep your blood sugar levels in line. If you have diabetes, follow your doctor's advice. The natural and Complementary remedies discussed in this website-used in conjunction with medical care and with your doctor's approval-may help stabilize your blood sugar levels and, in many cases, reduce the need for taking medications or insulin injections. (Do not stop taking medications or alter insulin injections without first consulting and getting approval from your medical professional.)
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism the way our bodies use digested food for energy. Most of the food we eat is broken down into glucose, the form of sugar in the blood. Glucose is the body main source of fuel.
After digestion, glucose enters the bloodstream. Then glucose goes to cells throughout the body where it is used for energy. However, a hormone called insulin must be present to allow glucose to enter the cells. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas, a large gland behind the stomach.
In people who do not have diabetes, the pancreas automatically produces the right amount of insulin to move glucose from blood into the cells. However, diabetes develops when the pancreas does not make enough insulin, or the cells in the muscles, liver, and fat do not use insulin properly, or both. As a result, the amount of glucose in the blood increases while the cells are starved of energy.
Over time, high blood glucose levels damage nerves and blood vessels, leading to complications such as heart disease and stroke, the leading causes of death among people with diabetes. Uncontrolled diabetes can eventually lead to other health problems as well, such as vision loss, kidney failure, and amputations. Diabetes can lead to heart and blood vessel disease.