Diabetes is a long-term and chronic health condition which is characterized by abnormal and high blood sugar (glucose) level in the blood. The people who are suffering from diabetes are either not able to produce enough insulin (the needed hormone for converting starches, sugar and other food into energy) or the body is unable to make use of the insulin produced. This situation then leads to the build-up of glucose in the bloodstream. If the condition is not treated, it can lead to many serious conditions, among which are kidney disease, blindness, nerve disease, stroke and heart disease.
About 50% of those living with diabetes die of cardiovascular disease (primarily stroke and heart disease) while 10-20% die from kidney failure. In most cases, diabetes doubles the risk of heart attack in men and triples in women, a serious condition.
Can Type 1 Diabetes be Cured?
Type 1 diabetes is when the beta cells producing insulin in the pancreas are destroyed by the autoimmune system of the body, leading to increased urine and blood glucose levels. The causes of this type of diabetes are still not clear, though there is a belief that it is immunological. But can type 1 diabetes be cured? In most cases, the condition is treated by administering insulin, while many other therapies exist to defeat the form of diabetes.
One treatment option is the transplant of the pancreas. However, it is an option that is not recommended if the type 1 diabetes is not severe. The islet cell transplantation is another option if the condition is not too severe. The liver produces insulin; therefore, islet cells are transplanted in the liver. The islet transplantation has the major goal of infusing enough islets to control the level of glucose in the blood without insulin injections. It also helps in improved control of glucose and the prevention of potentially dangerous hypoglycemia episodes.
Can Type 2 Diabetes be Cured?
Type 2 diabetes, which is also called non-insulin dependent or adult onset diabetes, is a chronic condition affecting the way the body metabolizes sugar in the body. In this condition, the body could resist all insulin effects, or could be incapable of producing sufficient quantity of insulin for the normal glucose level to be maintained. This condition can be controlled by using herbs, some of which are ginseng, aloe vera, cinnamon, fenugreek and gymnema. Certain minerals can also be useful in making type 2 diabetes not to affect your daily life; some of them are vanadium, magnesium, zinc and chromium. However, alternative treatment options should be considered, as those minerals have the tendency of interfering with how the drugs work against the diabetes.
In many ways, gestational diabetes resembles type 2 diabetes. This type of diabetes is the combination of relatively inadequate insulin responsiveness and secretion, occurring in between 2% and 5% of all pregnancies in the United States, and could disappear or improve after delivery. Gestational diabetes is developed by some women late in pregnancy, and though it usually disappears after giving delivery, the average woman who has had the diabetes is under 40% to 60% chance of suffering from type 2 diabetes within 5 to 10 years.
Gestational diabetes can be cured, but you would need careful medical supervision throughout the nine months of pregnancy. Controlling and making the level of glucose to be normal will reduce the risk of complications, like birth trauma, having an overweight baby, or the need for cesarean section. If you do not control the level of glucose, you could have a stillborn infant or suffer from complications, including the defects of the central nervous system or brain, an body or organs which are abnormally large, abnormalities of the kidney or heart, heart failure and asphyxia, respiratory distress.
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Can Diabetes be Cured Today?
The answer to this question is “Yes” and “No”. If you are suffering from type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes, it is necessary to start eating healthy food instead of junk food. Regular exercises will ensure that you control your blood glucose levels while the vital organs made to perform in the normal way. Perfectly controlling would make you to lead a healthy life, restoring the decrease in life span of a diabetic to normal.