What Is Diabetes?


Just yesterday, my aunt passed away. Guess what? She had diabetes. She came home from the USA to celebrate her birthday in the Philippines. A few days after, she died. Three years before that, her son died also of diabetes.

Two years ago, my sister died of diabetes. She didn't make it even after years of medication — insulin, prescription drugs, dialysis. Her family spent almost a million pesos for her treatment but to no avail. In my neighborhood, at least, seven among those who have died for the last 20 years or so died of diabetes.

Currently, among the people I know, ten at least of them are suffering from diabetes.

Penicillin was discovered in 1928 – that's many decades ago. Why is it until now none has been discovered to cure diabetes? It is disappointing.

I am writing a series of articles about diabetes hoping to stumble upon any new research and findings to cure diabetes.

On an online marketplace, for months now, the bestselling products are related to diabetes cure. I don't know how the product works, if it is a diet program or something else. Its presentation video is interesting, though. It reveals a new idea on how to cure diabetes – far from what we commonly believe. Somehow, I would like to believe this doctor who discovered this diabetes alternative treatment.

If my sister was still alive today, I would have bought the program for her. It's like I would try and risk anything for any possible diabetes cure.

The following is the text version of the 2-minute video above, just in case you do not like watching videos.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a health condition in which the level of glucose in the blood becomes too high. It is also called diabetes mellitus aka sugar diabetes.

What causes the level of glucose to rise?

The lack of insulin. It is the insulin that control the glucose level in your blood.

Is glucose the same as sugar?

Glucose is a form of sugar. It is the main source of energy for body cells. It is also called blood sugar. It is also referred to as dextrose. Sucrose, a type of sugar, is the table sugar that we know. It is 50% glucose.

If glucose is a source of energy, why do we have to control it?

If you are diabetic, and your blood sugar level is high, it can damage your body and lead to many problems such as impairing your brain functions. If you are not diabetic, thank your pancreas for secreting insulin. Thank your liver as well for working hand-in-hand with your pancreas.

But do not abuse the goodness of your pancreas and liver. They just might not be able to cope with too much sugar in your blood.

What level of sugar is considered safe?

Between 60mg/dL and 140mg/dL. dL is deciliter.

How do we maintain a safe level of blood sugar?

Eat in moderation foods that contain sugar. The sad story is that, most foods have sugar; and all types of sugar contain glucose.

If you are diabetic, consult your doctor.