What Are The Four Main Types Of Diabetes?

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Types Of Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes mellitus (or diabetes) is a chronic, lifelong condition that affects your body's ability to use the energy found in food. There are three major types of diabetes: type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes. All types of diabetes mellitus have something in common. Normally, your body breaks down the sugars and carbohydrates you eat into a special sugar called glucose. Glucose fuels the cells in your body. But the cells need insulin, a hormone, in your bloodstream in order to take in the glucose and use it for energy. With diabetes mellitus, either your body doesn't make enough insulin, it can't use the insulin it does produce, or a combination of both. Since the cells can't take in the glucose, it builds up in your blood. High levels of blood glucose can damage the tiny blood vessels in your kidneys, heart, eyes, or nervous system. That's why diabetes -- especially if left untreated -- can eventually cause heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve damage to nerves in the feet. Type 1 diabetes is also called insulin-dependent diabetes. It used to be called juvenile-onset diabetes, because it often begins in childhood. Type 1 diabetes is an a Continue reading >>

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  1. Janyce

    I have found the forums at diabetes.co.uk to be amazingly helpful.
    There are some very knowledgable regulars who are generous with their knowledge and many diabetics of all kinds who have gained much better control of their diabetes and have very tight contol of blood sugar levels. I'm sure your wife would get a lot of support there if she joined us.

  2. NJones48

    Dear Jon,
    I am sorry to learn of your wife's condition, it must be distressing for you. I have no experience of water diabetes however, you may wish to check out the beneficial effects that drinking Aloe Vera (produced from inner leaf gel only). We experience tremendous effects for Type 1 and 2 diabetes.
    Some general information on the benefits are that Aloe Vera Drinking gel is a good all round totally natural supplement which is rich in nutrients (over 75 of them). It helps to boost the immune system and is great for raising energy levels. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties too. I can only recommend Forever living products drinking gel although there are others available.
    I will contact our advisory board to see if they have some specific information for water diabetes.
    If you would like to discuss this further please let me know and I will send a link to my website so that you can contact me direct.
    Best wishes,

  3. jlhooper

    My wife has been diagnosed with this condition, which causes continuous thirst, dry mouth, drinking lots & excessive peeing, as well as generally feeling tired & unwell. She has been told that it is due to a problem with the pituitary gland not producing a certain hormone, & has been prescribed hormone tablets. This controls it fairly well most of the time so long as she remembers to take the right amount of tables at the right time every day. This apparently is not a cure but a treatment for life.
    I would like to hear from others with this condition & anyone who knows of alternative approaches which might eventually cure the underlying cause.

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