For Diabetics Insulin Is A Must

Diabetes is a disorder that affects nearly eighteen million people and the numbers continue to grow. There are two major types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is often called juvenile diabetes because patients are diagnosed as children. This form of the disease is an autoimmune syndrome that prevents the production of insulin within the pancreas. Without this vital enzyme the body is unable to break down glucose into its essential energy matrix to feed the tissues and cells. Type 2 diabetes is similar in symptoms but not in actual function. With this second form of the disease, the patient is often an adult when diagnosed and the belief is that environment may play a greater role.

For type 2 diabetics, the body may produce insulin but it may not be effective enough in performing its designated role. Regardless of which type of the disease is presented, all patients are in need of insulin. There are three variations on how insulin can be introduced to the system. The most common and frequent form of insulin introduction for type 1 diabetes is through injection. An injection involves a needle and a syringe. The patient or patient’s guardian fills the syringe with the required amount of synthetic insulin. The needle is then placed into a fatty tissue, where the syringe is depressed and insulin is released. It is always best to inject into the abdomen, upper arm, or thigh where the tissue has a higher fat concentration. Injections into the hip or buttocks will work, but will not be as effective for rapid absorption. For some type 2 diabetics an insulin pump may be necessary.

An insulin pump is a small machine, roughly the size of a small electronic device like a phone or pager, that clips to the clothing. A tube runs from the machine into the body, much like a catheter or an IV. The machine then administers the insulin through the machine at a preset interval. Due to the fluctuations of blood glucose levels in regards to exercise, diet and other factors, the insulin pump is often programmed to deliver different amounts of insulin at different points during the day. Insulin pumps are worn twenty four hours a day and provide around the clock delivery of the much needed hormone. The final option for insulin introduction is becoming more common for small children and others who are not comfortable with self injections.

Although some training is necessary to find the exact amount of pressure needed for various parts of the body, the benefits of an insulin jet injector are immense. An insulin jet injector uses a burst of highly pressurized air to push the insulin under the skin, without the use of a needle. The result is an increase in absorption and a decrease in time for the insulin which has been introduced. While previously cost prohibitive, insulin jet injectors are finding their way into the mainstream markets. No matter which insulin delivery method you decide to use, keep in mind that insulin is a mandatory metabolic hormone that must be carefully regulated and monitored. A medical professional is the most important person that you can consult and you should do so with any questions or concerns you may have regarding insulin and diabetes.…

Always thirsty – Diabetes symptoms

More than five and a half million people are currently experiencing diabetes symptoms without actually being diagnosed. Diabetes is a disorder that affects the metabolism. The medical name for this disorder is diabetes mellitus. Originally discovered in ancient times, the disease was named diabetes which means siphon. The patients who suffered from this condition were often known to drink water and pass it like they were a siphon, hence the name. In more recent times, the addition of mellitus was added when it was discovered that the urine of these patients was often sweet and would attract ants. Mellitus translates from the Greek to mean sweet water; which makes the entire medical condition siphoning of sweet water.

Incredible thirst is very common and is one of the first symptoms that leads to a diagnose of diabetes in many patients. A person with diabetes will often feel the need to drink copious amounts of water due to a feeling of dehydration or dry mouth. Though initially believed to be a result of dehydration or overexertion in some patients, it is actually the body’s natural reaction to a diabetic’s metabolism. Polydipsia, or excessive thirst, is how the body let’s us know that our kidneys are working in overdrive.

To better understand, we first to need to look at how diabetes affects the body. Diabetes mellitus is the name given when a patient’s pancreas does not produce the amount of insulin needed to transport glucose into the cells. There are three main types of diabetes; type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is where the body produces absolutely no insulin to aid in normal metabolic functions. Type 2 diabetes is where the pancreas may produce insulin but it is either not enough, or does not work properly. Gestational diabetes is when you acquire the disorder only during pregnancy; this condition is cured by birth of the fetus. In all three cases a major symptom is the need to consume large quantities of water.

Without the ability to transfer the glucose into the cells via insulin, the body must find a way to flush the sugar. This is where the kidneys get involved. Normally, the kidney uses water to dilute the body’s metabolic waste, which in turn produces urine. However, there is only so much dilution that can occur before the urine is saturated and the kidney becomes overwhelmed. To help with this problem, the kidney will begin to siphon off water from other areas and tissues within the body, to better dilute the glucose. This forced dehydration leads to the cotton dry mouth and craving of water that is so common in diabetes sufferers.

The truth of the matter is that diabetes has a whole host of symptoms that can be extremely detrimental to a patients health. If you have already been diagnosed with any form of diabetes and are still experiencing polydipsia, then you probably need to consult with your doctor for an adjustment on medications. You will also need to regularly check your blood sugar levels, if you do not already do so. Excessive thirst is not a normal bodily occurrence and all recurring and chronic forms should be discussed with a healthcare professional.…

Q&A: How Much Consumption Of Liquids Is Normal?

Question by ★BREAKD☆: How much consumption of liquids is normal?
My sisters have said they think i might have diabetes. I think that might be false so i was wondering about how much does a person drink a day like water and cokes etc. Iam asking this so i can the next day record how much i drink. Thanks

Best answer:

Answer by tony
im 150 lbs and my doc. told me i should drink 4, 8 oz glasses of water a day…