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More than 29 million Americans had Diabetes in 2012. Of that group, 8 million cases were undiagnosed, meaning there are people were unaware that they had the disease. It is important to recognize the symptoms, side effects and risks for people with diabetes, as prevention is possible.

What is the condition?
Diabetes occurs when the pancreas cannot produce a sufficient amount of insulin or when the body is unable to use its own insulin. Insulin is essential for the body to convert food into energy.

There are two categories of diabetes. Type 1, which has been traditionally called juvenile diabetes, typically occurs during childhood or adolescence. As mentioned earlier, this kind of diabetes refers to when the body is unable to make its own insulin, thus disabling it from turning food into glucose - what the cells need to convert to energy.

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body cannot properly use insulin. At the earlier stages of the disease, the body tries to compensate for its inability to derive value from insulin by overproducing it.

What are the symptoms?
There are a number of symptoms associated with Type 2 diabetes. The following are signs you may be diabetic or pre-diabetic:

  • If you use the bathroom frequently
  • If you eat or drink more than usual
  • If you lose weight
  • If you're feeling more tired than usual
  • If you have blurry vision
  • If parts of your skin become darker than others
  • If it takes a long time for sores to heal.

People with Type 1 diabetes will experience a different set of side effects. The following are indicators that you may have Type 1:

  • If your stomach hurts on a regular basis
  • If you get dry skin around your mouth
  • If your face becomes flushed
  • If you cannot hold your food and fluids
  • If you notice a change in your breath.

How can you treat diabetes?
Once a person is diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, the treatment will depend on the individual. Because there are so many symptoms, there are various techniques to alleviate them. For anyone with diabetes, physician communication will be a big part of treatment. Typically, patients with diabetes will need to revamp their lifestyles to reduce the risk of diseases that are associated with diabetes, for example, heart disease. These changes include:

  • Coming up with a diet that is healthy and well balanced.
  • Taking certain medications, and in some cases insulin injections.
  •  Incorporating physical activity into routine - about 30 minutes per day is ideal.

These treatment techniques all revolve around glucose. In some cases, people with diabetes can benefit from taking supplements. Here are some options that may work for people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

Which supplements may work for diabetes? 
Anyone with a medical condition should consult his or her doctor prior to taking supplements. Once a physician's stamp of approval is on the idea, the following supplements can be helpful to treating and preventing the onset of diabetes.

  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Chromium
  • Alpha Lipoic acid
  • Garlic
  • Folic acid
  • Flaxseed oil
  • Omega-3
  • Turmeric
  • Vitamins D, E, C, K
Although diabetes is prevalent among Americans, health care experts are working to come up with more effective treatment and prevention methods. In the meantime, anyone can benefit from making a conscious effort to lead a healthy life. Diet and exercise changes can save a person from expensive hospital bills and injuries later on in life. Actively trying to prevent diabetes can lead to better overall health.  A little research on the topic can save someone from extensive medical procedures.

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