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3 Things You Didn't Know About Diabetes Mellitus!

With approximately 72.96 million active adult diabetes cases in the country, diabetes is a major health crisis in India. And while you might be aware of general things about diabetes mellitus, there are several other facts you might have missed out on!

Firstly, diabetes has two main types, referred to as Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes is a medical condition wherein your immune system tends to attack and destroy insulin-producing cells. On the other hand, the latter refers to when your body cannot produce the required insulin. It might also be that the cells in your body do not react to such production. Amongst the two, Type 2 diabetes is more common and is generally linked to lifestyle factors.

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Now that we know of the common types let's dive into the unknown!

1. Of Inceptions.

While diabetes is a common health condition now, did it also plague people from yesteryears? Well, yes. The disease is believed to date back to ancient Egypt. It is described as a 'disease which caused rapid weight loss and frequent urination on papyrus!

However, when did the 'disease' become 'diabetes'? In 30-90CE, Aretaeus, the Greek physician, termed the health condition diabetes, meaning 'go through.'


2. What's with the Smoke?

When discussing diabetes, smoking is often said to be a major risk factor. For those who already have the condition, smoking can lead to increased complications leading to heart disease, stroke, etc.

Wondering how? Well, nicotine leads to fluctuating blood sugar levels and alters the body's glucose consumption and use. The fluctuation tends to spike your chances of contracting Type 2 diabetes.

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3. The Sugary Strain!

Many of us are misinformed or unaware of the role of sugar in causing diabetes.

Well, the primary cause behind Type 1 diabetes mellitus is your immune system knocking down insulin-producing cells, and sugar plays little or no role in the entire situation. Switching to Type 2, while sugar isn't the direct cause, it might still be an underlying basis of the disease.

Another undeniable root of contracting diabetes is high-calorie intake. A higher calorie count ultimately leads to being overweight, triggering the risk of diabetes mellitus.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What is diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus is a health condition that causes a spike in blood sugar levels of the body. Usually, this can happen when your body is unable to use up insulin.

While people are ideally aware of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, there are other forms of the condition. For example, gestational diabetes mellitus is a common chronic health condition that occurs during pregnancy.


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2. Who is a diabetologist?

An endocrinologist doctor with a specialization in metabolic disorders is known as a diabetologist. A diabetologist treats patients suffering from diabetes mellitus and other complications.

3. When do I need to see a diabetologist?

Suppose you are suffering from diabetes mellitus and experience frequent low blood sugar or spikes in sugar levels. In that case, it is recommended that you get yourself checked with a diabetologist. A general physician can seldom manage these health-related conditions, and it is always recommended to consult a diabetologist.

If diabetes mellitus runs in your family, or if someone showcases repeated symptoms of:\

  • infections;
  • extreme thirst or hunger;
  • unhealed wounds that occur repeatedly,

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4. Are diabetologists and dieticians the same?

No, while the end goal of both dieticians and diabetologists is the same, i.e., to treat the patient, the approach is extremely different.

A dietician specializes in dietary chart preparations and has immense knowledge of nutrient content, pros and cons of eating a certain food, and what would better suit which body type and condition.

On the other hand, a diabetologist has expertise in medications, dietary and lifestyle changes to control high blood sugar levels.

5. Should I go to a diabetologist for weight loss?

When it comes to weight loss, a diabetologist might be able to help you up to a certain extent only. Other than that, these professionals are specialized in treating diabetes (manage high or low blood sugar levels) and provide precautionary tips about weight loss.

6. Can a diabetologist treat diabetes insipidus?

Ideally, a diabetologist is trained to detect, diagnose, determine and treat diabetes mellitus. They cannot treat diabetes insipidus.

7. Does a diabetologist have physician training?

Yes! A diabetologist needs to undergo training as a general physician before moving forward for a specialization course in diabetology.

8. How to get the best diabetes doctor near me?

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9. Does a diabetologist prescribe diet changes too with medicines for diabetes?

Yes, a diabetes doctor does not rely solely on medications to control blood sugar levels. They also prescribe dietary changes, physical activities, and other exercises to manage uncontrolled sugar levels.

10. Can a diabetologist treat complications of diabetes mellitus?

Yes! A diabetes doctor is adept at treating diabetes and diabetic complications such as diabetic neuropathy, retinopathy, kidney damage, etc.

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