Monday, November 29, 2010

Sugar Freak, Beware!

Been craving for sweets lately? Can't resist that chocolate-coated wafer or that high-sugar latte? Well, better change off your mind before you know, you'll be bedridden for the next 24-hours.
High-sugar intake may result to diabetes is a term used for two different endocrine diseases, both of which are characterized by excessive urination and thirst. The victims of this disease has so many do's and don'ts in order to maintain their sugar level, like they are not allowed to be injured, because for sure that injured part will linger for a long time. This is just one of the many related dos and don'ts of a diabetic patient. Life gets so complicated once you have this kind of disease. You are monitored 24/7 all the days of your diabetic years. You have to be so much aware especially on your food intake, like having this new food plan. Although it would change your lifestyle, this change is for the betterment of your health.
So, what are the causes and dangers of diabetes? There are two types, one is diabetes insipidus and the other is diabetes mellitus. Research says that diabetes insipidus is a condition associated with the inability of the kidney to conserve water. It is caused by a failure of the hypothalamus to release antidiuretic hormones. On the other hand, diabetes mellitus is a pancreatic disease affecting carbohydrate, protein and lipid metabolism. In severe cases, the concentration in the blood of a sugar, glucose, is markedly elevated and large amounts of glucose are excreted in the urine.
Aside from the biological facts of this type of disease, it also affects more than 20 billion people in the world. The prevalence of this disease increases with age from about 0.2 percent for persons less than 17 years of age to about 10 percent for persons aged 65 years and over, and sad to say, the most affected are females.
Insulin is the only hormone that maintains a normal blood-glucose concentration, if your pancreas is not secreting enough insulin, then you are on your way to diabetes, probably, diabetes mellitus. Without insulin, the condition will develop into ketoacidosis. This is the condition wherein high levels of ketone bodies are located in the blood, causing lowered blood pH and possible heat failure. Meanwhile coma is another type of severe condition which is caused by very high levels of blood glucose.
What can you say? And did you know that long-term complications like kidney-failure, heart diseases, blindness and disorder of the nervous system are believed to be related to elevate blood-glucose concentration. You should be aware with the idea that you are putting your life at risk for craving too much of what your body can accommodate.
There is only one word in here: discipline. If you love yourself, then you should have this daily high-dose of discipline and self-control. You need to be aware of yourself. Check yourself, especially in your food intake. Do you have a balanced meal every day? There are so much more than having a bag of signature chocolates in your pocket. Get rid of too much sugar, because too much sugar will kill you.

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