Diabetes is a disease that can easily become deadly. There are so many complications that are involved as a direct result of the disease that it can easily become something that is extremely difficult for the patient to manage successfully. This is especially true for those individuals who are unaware that they have the disease in the first place or who do not carefully monitor their condition and work diligently to manage their disease on a daily basis.
There are two different types of diabetes. One type of diabetes is typically contracted in youth and is usually not something that can be successfully managed simply by changing lifestyle with exercise and diet. However, the most prevalent type of diabetes is the type that is contracted by adults. This type of diabetes is typically contracted as a direct result of poor dietary habits that have gone on for years. People typically contract this type of the disease by leading a largely sedentary lifestyle and failing to manage their diet successfully. Foods that are high in sugar or starches can easily contribute to diabetes, especially when they are eaten in large amounts or they are consumed over an extended period of time. People that are overweight are at an increased risk for contracting the disease.
The International Diabetes Federation estimates that the world is currently in the grip of a diabetes epidemic. In fact, the agency estimates that by 2030, roughly one in 10 adults will be suffering from the disease. This prediction forces people to think of some staggering statistics. The complications that are associated with diabetes are virtually endless and they are among some of the most serious complications of any disease that is currently known to mankind. For instance, people who fail to successfully manage the disease and even some individuals who are carefully monitoring their condition can suffer from complications such as blindness and limb amputations. In addition, complications from diabetes can often be fatal. Many people who suffer from the disease develop serious conditions such as heart disease as a direct result of the ravages of diabetes.
People that are suffering from diabetes must carefully monitor their condition, taking blood samples every day in order to monitor the amount of glucose that is in their blood. Eating right and getting enough exercise is crucial to managing the disease, as is staying in close contact with medical professionals in order to determine whether or not there are any signs of complications as a result of diabetes. It is important to manage the complications early on in order to prevent premature death or disability. Medical professionals will then determine if a diabetic patient needs to take insulin to manage their diabetes or if they need to take additional medication to manage other complications.