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Type 2 Diabetes Statistics: Facts And Trends

Diabetes mellitus, or diabetes, is a disease that causes high blood sugar. It occurs when there is a problem with insulin. Insulin is a hormone that takes sugar from foods and moves it to the body's cells. If the body does not make enough insulin or does not use insulin well, the sugar from food stays in the blood and causes high blood sugar. There are several different types of diabetes, but the most common is type 2. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Diabetes Report, 2014, 90 to 95 percent of people with diabetes in the United States have type 2. Just 5 percent of people have type 1. Contents of this article: Key facts about diabetes in the U.S. Diabetes is at an all-time high in the U.S. The CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation states that 1 percent of the population, which is about a half of a million people, had diagnosed diabetes in 1958. Today, nearly 10 percent of the population have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). That's 29.1 million Americans, and more than a quarter of these people do not know they have it. The ADA report that the number of people who have diabetes increased by 382 percent from Continue reading >>

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  1. Rallen

    Hello everyone,
    I believe I have sudden diabetes.
    On the 9th of March (more or less) I discovered a sweet taste in my mouth, my saliva was sweet. That taste persisted the next day, so I started taking my blood glucose first thing in the morning, after about 8+ hours of fasting. The results were near 100 (5.6 in UK terms) and according to the documentation it is classed as borderline prediabetes.
    A few days later I got a blocked nose, stuffy but not runny, and a sweet smell. The sweet taste and the sweet smell, come and go, and the sweet smell is more often than the sweet taste. The nose is stuffy most of the time as if I have got a cold, but there is no discharge.
    Finally right at the same time, I became "constipated" meaning I only visit the toilet once a day, when my usual average is at least 3 times a day. This was also a profound change, as I now visit the toilet in the morning and forget about it for the rest of the day, which is definitely not how it used to be before.
    After a month or more of this, I asked my wife to kiss me just to make sure I was not dreaming the sweet taste (it was a medical emergency after all), and she verified a very sweet taste in my mouth,
    Last three days I decided to cut down on carbs, so yesterday early morning my readings were about 5.0 and I was happy with that. Yesterday I had very little carbs but all evening and night I had this sweet taste it had come back, This is when the wife-kiss experiment took place. This morning the reading is 6.0 - clearly prediabetic especially if you are American,
    I visited the GP who said that they do not really look at anything below 6.0 (fasting) and advised me on a better diet and not to worry about it. He was doubting my sweet smell and sweet taste thinking it must be seizure activity (I have brain cancer) and at that time I had not yet conducted the wife-kiss experiment which verified it is not a seizure, it is an actual sweet taste.
    In addition I have two gall bladder stones. I was told the only solution is to remove the whole gall bladder and I have not done that.
    I do not know how all the above is related. Can it be the gall bladder playing havoc with my digestion, thus the "constipation" but maybe also the way I digest food and the glucose readings?
    Just to emphasize my morning readings in the past 4-5 weeks are all below 6.0. They average about 5.4, and only today I got a 6.0.
    Any ideas and help would be most welcome.

  2. Deputy_Dawg

    Rallen, I dont think you are diabetic. When I became diabetic I was going to the toilet three or four times every night, drinking at least 5 litres of fluid every day, tired and with no energy. I went to my doctors who took a urine sample then sent me to the A and E straight away. My breath didnt smell of pear drops either. Regarding your blood test my wife is 5.6 here in UK is normal if you had diabeties you would be over 17 constantly. Hope this helps.

  3. Avocado Sevenfold

    It doesn't sound like diabetes to me as your numbers are good. I recommend less worrying and more kissing X

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