Understanding the Connection between Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

The body is an incredible and complex being, and scientists have come to understand just how interrelated the body’s different functions really are. No illness or condition exists in solitary confinement within the body; each problem has the potential to create other health issues in an unwanted and often rapid domino effect. This pattern is especially prevalent when looking at the connection between diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Read More

Type II Diabetes Mellitus and Cardiovascular Risk Factors

diabetesType II Diabetes Mellitus, used to be known as adult-onset or non-insulin dependent diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes sugar. Diabetes Type II makes your body resistant to the effects of insulin. Insulin is the hormone that regulates the levels of sugar in your body, by transporting it to your cells. Unfortunately, Diabetes Type II is no longer a common disease that affects only adults, in facts its name has changed because it increasingly affects children as childhood obesity has doubled. According to the center of disease control and prevention, “The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to nearly 21% over the same period.” Read More

Three Signs You Might Have Diabetes

diabetesDiabetes, a disease caused by chronically high blood sugar, is impacting more and more people every year. Since diabetes has so many potentially harmful side effects, it’s critical to seek medical attention if you suspect that you are suffering from the disease. Understanding the basics of diabetes and knowing how to recognize its three main symptoms are important steps toward regaining your health.

The Basics of Diabetes

Diabetes occurs in Type 1 and Type 2 form. If you have Type 1 Diabetes, it means that your body does not produce insulin, whereas in Type 2 Diabetes your body either can’t produce enough insulin or can’t properly respond to the insulin that does exist. The body’s relationship with insulin is so important because insulin regulates the amount of glucose, also known as sugar, in the blood. When your body doesn’t have enough insulin, blood sugar fluctuates dangerously high and low, causing major medical problems. Read More