Diabetes Mellitus: Know it to tackle it

Diabetes is clinically known as ‘Diabetes mellitus‘.

Diabetes mellitus is basically a metabolic disorder. The boy of a diabetic fails to perform naturally. Diabetes mellitus disables the vital organ – pancreas – which produces ‘insulin’. This hormone transforms sugar into muscle power as well heat.

DIABETES MELLITUS: NOMENCLATURE

The nomenclature ‘diabetes mellitus‘ has its roots in two Greek words.

‘Diabetes’ means ‘to flow through’ or ‘to pass through’; while ‘mellitus’ connotes ‘sweet’. In simple terms, diabetes mellitus refers to the typical process of a fluid containing sugar passing or flowing through the body. The reference is to the hormone ‘insulin’ that is produced by the pancreas.

KNOW DIABETES TO TACKLE IT

First, diabetes is a lifelong partner.

Second, diabetes is often termed as a ‘rich-man’s disease’. This is because diabetes is caused not because of non-consumption of food; on the other hand, diabetes is the result of over-eating. To be more precise, diabetes results from eating the wrong food. In fact, the right word would be overeating!

DIABETES: HARD FACTS

In the USA alone, the number of diabetics has crossed the 23.6 million mark. What is more alarming is that the rate at which more and more Americans are getting affected by diabetes is fast increasing. This has caused so much of concern among the American health authorities that this chronic life-debilitating ailment of diabetes has been already declared as an ‘epidemic’.

Studies have shown that only two-thirds of them are aware that they are diabetics.

The remaining one-third is blissfully unaware that they are suffering from diabetes. As a result, they carry on their lifestyle which, in fact, is the culprit – more often than not.

So what is diabetes?

DIABETES LINKED TO METABOLISM…

Yes, diabetics (people suffering from diabetes) fail to enable this naturally gifted power of the human body to carry on its primary normal function — metabolism.

Metabolism is the system through which our bodies break up whatever we consume into its nutrients like vitamins, fats, proteins and of course the waste products that we eliminate as urine, sweat or stool.

METABOLISM BEGINS FROM OUR MOUTHS

Since diabetes hampers metabolism, and severe diabetes severely blocks the first process of metabolism, so we should know where metabolism commences.

Well, metabolism begins right from the stage when we put something inside our mouths. The saliva (the acidic liquid substance that we have inside our mouth) not only helps to mix the broken up food particles into a pulp, but also stops us from being breathlessness or having a dry mouth.

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