What is Diabetes Mellitus Type 2?
In the human body the pancreas produces the hormone insulin. This hormone is used as a ‘key’ to enable the sugars that are produced from the foods you eat to enter your body’s cells. This is then used by the body and converted into energy.
Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 is a condition that occurs because the body is simply not producing sufficient insulin for it to operate properly. Alternatively the insulin is being produced but the individual´s cells simply do not react correctly when they come in contact with the insulin.
In a ‘normal’ person the glucose in the blood is converted into energy. In a person with type 2 diabetes this conversion process does not take place and glucose remains in the blood stream.
Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 is far more common than type 1 diabetes. In fact approximately 90% of people who are diagnosed with diabetes have type 2 diabetes.
Symptoms of Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
The excess amount of sugar in your blood stream can cause a number of symptoms
- People with Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 often feel excessively thirsty
- People who have Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 have the urge to urinate more than normal
- Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 sufferers have a tendency to feel tired and lethargic.
- People who suffer from Type 2 diabetes will often lose weight unexpectedly
- Type 2 diabetes can cause blurred vision
- Sufferers of Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 can experience itching around their genitals
- Cuts and grazes to the skin may take a long time to heal
It is not uncommon for individuals to have type 2 diabetes for some considerable time without actually realising it. In many cases the disease is discovered as part of a routine health check or examination.
Note – Some of the symptoms that are experienced by Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 sufferers can also be found in patients who have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
What causes Diabetes Mellitus Type 2?
Type 2 diabetes is often referred to as a lifestyle disease.
Lifestyle and diet are undoubtedly responsible for the increase in incidence of diabetes in the western world. There are also other factors that need consideration.
There are a number of specific groups or individuals that are more likely to suffer from type 2 diabetes than others.
Age – Your risk of becoming Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 increases with age. In the western world people above 40 years of age are at increased risk. This reduces to 25 years of age for certain Asian groups.
Genetics – It has been found that having a close relative who has the disease increases your own risk.
Ethnic Grouping – If you are of South Asian, African-Caribbean, Chinese or Black African decent you are at a higher risk.
Weight and Lifestyle – Being overweight (or obese) and not taking sufficient exercise increases your chances of getting type 2 diabetes considerably.
What to do if you suspect that you may have type 2 diabetes.
If you suffer from any of the symptoms listed above and feel that you may have type 2 diabetes you should contact your doctor immediately. Diagnosing diabetes is relatively straightforward.
It is important that you are diagnosed as quickly as possible in order that you can begin to take steps to control the disease. If the disease remains untreated there is a real risk that vital organs could suffer irreparable damage.
Is there a cure for Diabetes Mellitus Type 2?
It is generally accepted in the medical profession that Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 is incurable. Treatments prescribed by doctors and medical practitioners are aimed at simply treating the symptoms of the disease.
There are however a number of ‘alternative treatments’ that have had a considerable amount of success in actually reversing type 2 diabetes.
All of these ‘treatments’ focus heavily on the individuals diet and lifestyle choices.
If you suffer from Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 it may be worth investigating the alternative approach to controlling (and reversing) diabetes.
We have included information on a number of these treatments and protocols on this site so that you can evaluate them for yourselves.