There are a series of informational videos produced by the hospital where I work, Valley Medical Center in San Jose, CA. In this video Dr. Tyler Aguinaldo and Carrie Wickware RN explain how diabetes works, and some of the risks from diabetes. They explain that in type I diabetes or juvenile diabetes our body doesn't produce insulin. However in type II diabetes the body produces insulin, but does not use it correctly. Common symptoms of diabetes are frequent thirst and urination. Other symptoms may be tingling in the hands, blurred vision, fatigue and weight loss. Slow-healing sores and frequent infections can also point to diabetes. However most people with diabetes do not have symptoms, and are identified through blood tests.
People with type I diabetes are insulin dependent. However with type II diabetes, exercise, weight loss and diet viable treatment options. Medications are also available. However, sometimes insulin is also needed.
Education can be the best tool to handle diabetes. How to check blood levels/ How your diet effects blood sugar? How to use exercise to lower sugar levels? Lifestyle changes can prevent and have a big impact on previously diagnosed diabetes.