What is Onset Diabetes?
Adult onset diabetes, otherwise known as type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and is found in over 90% of cases. It is a chronic condition that is often caused by the person’s own diet and usually is not diagnosed until later on in life, often when the patient has been suffering from the condition for a long period of time. Often associated with obesity, diabetes can be prevented in many cases.
Onset Diabetes Symptoms
Onset diabetes symptoms can be split into two groups – early onset diabetes symptoms and late onset diabetes symptoms. The early onset diabetes symptoms include:
• Increased appetite
• Frequent urination
• Excessive thirst
• Blurred vision
• Erectile dysfunction in men
• Recurrent yeast infections in women
Symptoms that appear later include:
• Stomach pain
• Increased pulse rate
• Rapid breathing
Causes of Adult Onset Diabetes
The onset of diabetes happens when the body cannot produce enough insulin or when the body cannot control what it does with the insulin it produces. Although the exact cause of diabetes has not been established, it is clear that the onset of diabetes is linked to a poor diet and a lack of exercise. This is something that we all have control over and so we can reduce the risk of contracting this condition. Unfortunately, as we get older this can be a difficult task, especially if we have spent the majority of our adult lives with bad eating and fitness habits.
Planning healthy meals is a must if we want to control the way our bodies produce and use insulin and your doctor should be able to help you to come up with a strategy to assist you in controlling your cholesterol, blood pressure and insulin levels.
Managing Adult Onset Diabetes
If you have already been diagnosed with adult onset diabetes, you will need to start looking after yourself very carefully. If the disease gets out of control, health costs for patients and medical insurers can skyrocket and it has been known for people to suffer from strokes or heart attacks and even need amputations. All of this is in the worst circumstances however and if you learn to manage the condition properly you should not end up experiencing any of the above.
The best way to manage adult onset diabetes is to exercise regularly and eat healthily. Your diet should be low in sugar, salt and fat and high in fruit, vegetables and fibre. As physical activity can lower the body’s glucose level, people with adult onset diabetes are advised to take part in 30 minutes of physical activity every day. Diabetics should also rethink smoking, and cut down on the amount of alcohol that they drink. Of course, regular reviews with a doctor are advised too.
If adult onset diabetes is not managed correctly, the patient is likely to suffer from complications linked to the disease as well as psychological complications. It is very important for the friends and family of a diabetic to rally around and support them and give encouragement both emotionally and physically. The good news is that in over 90% of cases, if the disease is managed correctly, the patient will not need to be insulin reliant.