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Types and Symptoms of Diabetes

Diabetes is such a common aliment these days that almost everyone has a friend, relative or friend of a friend who is living with this disease. With this in mind one would think that the issues and symptoms surrounding diabetes were well known by most persons but on contrary, many are still not aware of what diabetes is fully about.

“Diabetes mellitus refers to a group of diseases that affect how your body uses blood sugar (glucose),” explains Mayo Clinic. “Glucose is vital to your health because it's an important source of energy for the cells that make up your muscles and tissues. It's also your brain's main source of fuel. If you have diabetes, no matter what type, it means you have too much glucose in your blood, although the causes may differ. Too much glucose can lead to serious health problems.”

While the body can operate on ketones instead of glucose it is not suitable those with diabetes, for a normal person without such a condition ketones are acceptable but for diabetics it’s detrimental. So with that the next consideration is to understand the difference between the types of diabetes.

“The two types of diabetes are referred to as type 1 and type 2,” MedicineNet.com. “Former names for these conditions were insulin-dependent and non-insulin-dependent diabetes, or juvenile onset and adult onset diabetes. Some of the risk factors for getting diabetes include being overweight or obese, leading a sedentary lifestyle, a family history of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and low levels of the "good" cholesterol – high density lipids (HDL) – and elevated levels of triglycerides in the blood.”

Turns out the symptoms for diabetes, both type1 and type 2 are more or less identical, these are: frequent urination, excessive thirst, weight loss, unusual levels of hunger, fatigue, skin issues, wounds that heal slowly, yeast infections, numbness or tingling sensation in the feet/toes. Now, just one of those issues on a good day is annoying and disturbing at best so to imagine any combo is just dreadful. Thankfully, with medication and a special diet these symptoms can be kept under control as the body’s internal pH helps regulate pretty much everything.

“The human body has a particular range of pH that it needs to be at for good health,” explains Diabetes Self-Management, an authoritative and reliable health publisher established since 1983. “The pH is simply a measure of acid-base balance in the body. A pH of 0 is very acidic, 7 is neutral, and a 14 is very alkaline. In normal situations, the body likes to be at a pH of 7.35 to 7.45. The stomach, however, which is very acidic, has a much lower pH of 1.35 to 3.50. In a condition known as diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), ketones, which are acids, build up in the blood and urine.”

As mentioned above, high levels of ketones isn’t a good thing for diabetics so it’s always wise to regularly check one’s internal pH levels, a quick and simple urine or saliva sample is all it takes to conduct an analysis using the HealthyWiser™ pH Test Strips to learn how acidic or alkaline one’s body is. For results specifically on ketones there are HealthyWiser™ Ketone Reagent Strips for Urinalysis.

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