Diabetes is a disease characterized by extreme and/or persistent high blood sugar. The disease is currently an emerging global epidemic health crisis with things projected to get worse.
Be aware of dramatic swings in blood sugar levels and understand the symptoms and conditions that cause them to happen. It is not uncommon for newly diagnosed diabetics to get so hung up on keeping blood sugar levels low that they become hypoglycemic. Hypoglycemia (very low blood sugar) can be as dangerous as high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) if not prepared to deal with it. Using insulin and other medications, as well as exercise can cause blood sugar levels to plummet so be equipped to deal with this.
There are multiple forms of diabetes: type 1 from the pancreas secreting little to no insulin to control blood sugar, and type 2 from the bodies inability to properly utilize insulin, being most common. Type 2 accounts for up to 90% of cases which means many of these cases were preventable. Aside from seeing a doctor first and foremost, here are 10 tips to help deal with diabetes.