Are you wondering, “How Do We Get Diabetes?”
Let’s first take a look at what Diabetes is. Once we understand what it is, we can dig a little bit deeper!
What Is Diabetes Exactly?
Most of the various foods we eat are turned into glucose (sugar) for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into our body cells. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or your body can’t use its own insulin very well. This problem causes glucose to build up in your blood and it’s not really a great thing for this to occur.
Diabetes means that a person’s blood sugar is too high. Your blood always has some sugar in it because the body needs sugar for energy to keep you going. But too much sugar in the blood can cause serious damage to the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and heart.
Consider the Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes
For those of you who actually have diabetes, you may or may not recall having some of these signs before you found out you had diabetes:
- Being very thirsty.
- Urinating a lot—often at night.
- Having blurry vision from time to time.
- Feeling very tired much of the time.
- Losing weight without trying.
- Having very dry skin.
- Having sores that are slow to heal.
- Getting more infections than usual.
- Losing feeling or getting a tingling feeling in the feet.
Signs and symptoms are often great indicators to help you determine if you might have diabetes. Give some consideration to using this checklist above to determine if you might have diabetes. Consulting with a doctor or a health professional over your concerns may help you, as well.