What you Need to Know about Diabetes.

Whenever we eat something containing sugar, your body uses the hormone insulin to break it down into beneficial energy that you can use. When we say sugar, we don’t only mean that piece of chocolate you treat yourself with after dinner, or that piece of cake lying around in your fridge with your name written all over it; sugar comes from different sources like bread, pasta, cereals vegetables and even fruit.

If your body does not have enough insulin to break the sugar down, excessive amounts of it will be stored in your blood and that poses a problem commonly referred to as diabetes. There are two types:

Type 1 – Your body is unable to produce any insulin:

When your body physically cannot break down sugar at all, it needs to be injected with insulin on a daily basis. This type of diabetes is common in people under the age of 40 and is mostly a genetically transferred illness.

Type 2 – Your body is unable to produce enough insulin:

Your body can break down sugar but it needs an added kick to help it do its job better. This is the most common type of diabetes and can be controlled with prescribed medicine and a balanced diet.  It is typically noticed in people over 40 and whereas genetics play an important role, this can also be a result of lifestyle choices such as: eating too much sugar and not getting enough exercise.

Symptoms to Watch out for: Thirst, hunger, feeling tired, frequent passing of urine, unexplained weight loss and blurry vision.

The fact that it is hereditary does make it a little difficult to prevent, but the good news is that there are a lot of ways to control it, and here’s how.