Diabetes - The Cause and Effect to People
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Diabetes is the most common cause of kidney failure, blindness and amputation among all adult in the world. Diabetes also can cause erectile dysfunction for men. Almost one out of four adult will suffer from diabetes.
There are two main types of diabetes:-
Diabetes that occurs at a young age (children and teenagers) and requires insulin intake in the form of injections. This type of diabetes is usually hereditary if one immediate family member such as parent, brothers or sisters has diabetes. You have a 3 in 10 or 30% chance of getting diabetes. That is out of 10 siblings, 3 will get diabetes.
Diabetes that is more common and is usually related to lifestyle. Nine out of ten people will most probably suffer of this type. This is cause by overweight or obese people.
People who are overweight or obese have a higher chance of getting diabetes. Healthcare professionals asses the level of obesity by measuring the body mas index (BMI) and waist circumference.The higher the BMI and waist circumference, the greater the chance of getting diabetes. The target level is different for Asian men.
People with diabetes have high blood sugar
level that could damage the blood vessels, causing
complications. These complications can effect both the small and
large blood vessels. Uncontrolled blood sugar levels over a long
period of time may cause permanent damage to the small blood
vessels and cause diseases such as affecting the eyes (
retinophathy ), kidney ( nephropathy ), and nerves ( neuropathy
). In the long run, it will lead ti blindness, kidney failure
and loss of feeling in the feet and legs.
Large blood vessels disease can affect the heart and the brain, resulting in heart attack and stroke. A person with diabetes is eight times more likely to suffer from a heart attack or a stroke compared to someone without diabetes. Men with diabetes are also more likely to experience sexual difficulty ( erectile dysfunction )
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