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DIABETES

Adult onset diabetes is a chronic dysfunction noted by insufficient or inability to produce insulin. Insulin is a chemical produced by the pancreas that carries glucose, a sugar molecule derived from the digestive breakdown of carbohydrates, to all the necessary cells of the body to produce energy. Even if you have enough glucose in your blood, if there is not a proper amount of insulin available, the cells will never receive it.

Diabetes is the result of a long-term metabolic breakdown due to numerous lifestyle factors. The first signs of diabetes are:

Increased urinary frequency
Increased thirst
Increased appetite
Weight loss
Irritability
Fatigue
Influential factors for the onset of diabetes are:

Adrenal stress
Hyperinsulinemia/insulin resistance
Obesity
Lack of aerobic exercise
Familial tendencies
Poor dietary habits- high refined carbohydrate diet
Long term complications include:

Kidney disease
Cardiovascular disease
Nerve problems
Loss of eyesight
Increased risk of amputation
For more detailed information, see article on blood sugar regulation

Type I diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes, requires daily insulin injections. Although the cause is unknown it is believed there is a genetic pre-disposition that combines a weakened ability to produce insulin by the pancreas and a great susceptibility to injury of the insulin-producing cells. Several factors that may trigger Type I Diabetes are:

Smoked foods
Viral infection
Cows milk