What Is Diabetes?

What Is Diabetes?

What Is Diabetes? Diabetes occurs when the pancreas (an organ in the human body) no longer produces insulin or doesn’t produce effectively. Insulin helps sugar be absorbed throughout the body’s cells that’s used for energy. Without insulin the body can’t absorb energy which then causes hyperglycemia (high glucose in the blood). When hyperglycemia occurs it can lead to many symptoms, complications, coma, and/or death.

 

What Is Diabetes Caused From?

The cause of diabetes varies on the individual and the type of diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease. The immune system attacks the Beta Cells in the pancreas that produces insulin. Research is still being done to find the exact causes of the onset of type 1 diabetes. But it’s suggested that genetics and an environmental factor (such as a virus) could help trigger the onset.

Type 2 Diabetes is a metabolic condition where the body is resistant to insulin. Risks factors can include obesity, lifestyle, and family history of diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes is much more common than Type 1 Diabetes, where 90% of people diagnosed with diabetes have Type 2 Diabetes.

 

There is No Cure For Diabetes.

At this time there is no cure for Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes. However, there is groundbreaking research being done to help better treat and manage these conditions and eventually cure. Treatment includes managing glucose levels, eating a well balanced diet, staying active, and taking the necessary medication.

 

A List Of Diabetes Organizations That Are Helping Fund Research and a Cure:

Beyond Type 1: Directly supports the most promising global efforts and programs working to educate, advocate and cure Type 1 diabetes.

JDRF: One of the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research.

American Diabetes Association: Fighting against the deadly consequences of diabetes and for those affected by diabetes.

Children With Diabetes Foundation: Support of research in diabetes and to provide the best possible clinical and educational programs for people with the disease.

Joslin Diabetes Center: World-renowned for its dedication to finding a cure for diabetes and ensuring that people with diabetes live long, healthy lives.

Diabetes Research Institute Foundation: Ensures the continuation of innovative research projects that remain cure-focused and will ultimately benefit those with diabetes.