Insulin shock refers to the body’s reaction to too little sugar — hypoglycemia — often caused by too much insulin. Diabetic coma refers to a victim of high blood sugar — hyperglycemia — who becomes confused or unconscious.
These terms are confusing, and not because my blood sugar is too high. They don’t have any connection to reality. Indeed, if I was nicknaming medical conditions today, I would switch these. Continue reading →
The A1c test is used to monitor the glucose control of diabetics over time. The goal of those with diabetes is to keep their blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible. This helps to minimize the complications caused by chronically elevated glucose levels, such as progressive damage to body organs like the kidneys, eyes, cardiovascular system, and nerves. The A1c test result give a picture of the average amount of glucose in the blood over the last few months. They can help you and your doctor know if the measures you are taking to control your diabetes are successful or need to be adjusted. Continue reading →
Type II diabetes mellitus is a serious medical condition that affects millions all over the world. It is where the pancreas malfunctions in manufacturing the hormone insulin that regulates the level of sugar in the blood. Insulin is what releases the energy from sugar so that the cells of your body could use it. When you have diabetes, your pancreas does not produce enough insulin to help your body use up all the sugar. As a result, the glucose level in your blood increases above normal level. Sometimes, insulin is produced too much, causing the blood glucose to drop suddenly. Common symptoms of diabetes are polyphagia (frequent hunger or eating) Continue reading →