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What is Diabetes Mellitus and what are the types of Diabetes Mellitus?
Diabetes is a chronic (long standing) condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar. There are two types of Diabetes Mellitus. The first type is an Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus which is an autoimmune disorder where the insulin secreting organ, the pancreas, get attacked by the body’s own antibodies. This results in the inability or reduced production of insulin.
The second and most common form is Non Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus in adults. It is caused due to the lack of production of insulin by the pancreas or it is caused due to the insulin resistance acquired by the body’s cells.
The best way to treat Diabetes Mellitus is yet to be ascertained and here are some tips to keep diabetes in check, so that it does not hamper your lifestyle.
Healthy eating is directly related to healthy living. Keep in mind the amount of carbohydrates you are consuming in your diet. As carbohydrates have the biggest impact on blood sugar levels.
In conjunction to eating healthy, exercise is key to excellent health. Exercising on a daily basis keeps you active and in case of diabetic patients it reduces the blood sugar levels. The more strenuous your exercise the longer the effect lasts.
Abstaining from sweetened food helps in sustaining longer life. Sweetened food and beverages especially those high in fructose cause blood sugar levels to rise quickly. It is best to avoid them if you have diabetes unless you are experiencing a case of low blood sugar level.
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