So, people with diabetes can’t process glucose. What’s the big deal? Isn’t that good? Doesn’t that mean they’ll just be skinny the rest of their lives? Not exactly.
Actually, not being able to process glucose, one of the fundamental things from which our bodies get fuel in order to have energy, is VERY dangerous. In layman’s terms, when your body doesn’t make or use insulin properly, it can’t covert glucose into energy for your body to function. All this extra glucose builds up in your blood stream, overflows into your urine, and then passes out of your body! So, you basically lose your body’s main source of energy, even though there’s TONS of it floating around in your blood! This results in high blood glucose levels, A.K.A., high blood sugar.
Prolonged periods of high blood sugar can lead to LOTS of problems, often called “complications" (which to me, seems like a pretty benign term for some serious shiz. I'm just sayin'.) It’s not just a matter of your body not having any energy. Left untreated, diabetes can cause:
- Kidney Disease
- Skin Problems
- Heart Disease
- Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
- High Blood Pressure
- Dental Problems
I will be posting more about treatments for diabetes in a few days! Until then, if you want to read more about the different complications diabetes can cause, the ADA is a great resource for that. Check out this link to learn more!
Next Up: What are the SYMPTOMS of diabetes? How do I know if I have it?