How many of you have friends or family members that have types 1 or 2 Gestational diabetes? In the US there are 23.6 million children and adults which is 7.8% of the population in America that have diabetes.
Sushruta Samhita, an ancient Indian physician is who discovered diabetes. It was around 600 B.C., when Samhita connected obesity and sedentary life style with diabetes. Now in the modern day, diabetes is related with excess weight, but can also be hereditary. For instance, type 1 diabetes is called Insulin-Diabetes and it is not gender or race specific, not even age specific.
0.22% of people in the age group of under 20 years of age have diabetes. The amount of children and adolescents that have type 1 diabetes are one in every 400 to 600 people.
In the age group 20 years and up with diabetes are in the 10.7% or 23.5 million range nation wide.
Many may or may not know what this disease does and what effect it has, or that many women also get it during pregnancy. Diabetes is a disorder in the metabolism. Glucose is the main source of fuel for the body. We get glucose from broken down food that we eat. After we digest that food, glucose is passed into the bloodstream and is used by cells for energy. Another part of this process is that insulin must be present so the glucose can enter the cells. The part of the body that produces insulin is the pancreas, it produces the right amount of insulin so the glucose can move from the blood into the cells. The problem that people have with diabetes is that their pancreas produces too little or no insulin at all. Having diabetes is not just having complications in the pancreas, there are many more diseases that can develop with diabetes like for example: heart disease, kidney failure, and nerve damage.
The reason why heart disease can develop with diabetes is because of high fats and food loaded with carbohydrates which increase blood sugar. If you are diabetic and you think you have kidney failure,...