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Diabetes and AddictionAccording to the American Diabetes Association, there are several types of diabetes, including the following:

  • Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin, the hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy. Only 5% of people with diabetes have this type which can be managed effectively with insulin therapy and other treatments.
  • Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and occurs frequently in the elderly, African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. With type 2 diabetes, the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells of the body ignore the insulin. When the body ignores the insulin, glucose can build up in the blood and cause more serious complications.
  • Gestational diabetes affects approximately 18% of pregnancies. While pregnant women may never have had diabetes, around the 24th week of pregnancy they experience high blood sugar (glucose) levels.

Before you seek treatment for diabetes, be sure you know which type you have.

Symptoms of Diabetes

All types of diabetes can go undiagnosed because the symptoms are not harmful. However, early detection of diabetes increases the chances to manage symptoms and lessen the chances of health problems. Type 1 diabetes may present any of the following symptoms:

  • Frequent urination
  • Extreme hunger and thirst
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Irritability

A person with Type 2 diabetes may have any of the same symptoms as Type 1, but also any of the following issues:

  • Frequent infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
  • Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections

These problems can be overwhelming, so seek help today overcoming them.

Living with Diabetes

With attention to a few basic matters, people with diabetes can live a happy and productive life. Take the following actions to manage your diabetes.

  • Monitor blood glucose levels and administer insulin daily
  • Exercise facilitates more stable glucose levels
  • Planning healthy meals to stabilize glucose levels is critical

With help you can control your struggle with diabetes

Alcohol and Diabetes

According to the Mayo Clinic, if you use insulin then drinking alcohol can cause dangerous levels of low blood sugar because your liver has to remove alcohol from your blood instead of its main job, regulating blood sugar. If you are going to drink, the Mayo Clinic recommends the following suggestions:

  • Monitor your blood sugar before, during and after drinking alcohol. Remember to check before going to bed.
  • Never drink alcohol on an empty stomach
  • Avoid binge drinking
  • Always carry along glucose tablets or another source of sugar

Alcohol increases the risks of health problems, so be careful if you have diabetes and drink.

Marijuana and Diabetes

Diabetics who smoke marijuana report lower blood glucose by 40 points, which can lead to hypoglycemia. In addition, marijuana causes the following problems:

  • Poor memory and concentration
  • Altered sensory and time perception
  • Lack of coordination
  • Inability to problem solve

All of these can impact your ability to manage diabetes, so get help today.

Help for Diabetes and Addiction

If you need more information about diabetes and addiction, we can help. Please call our toll-free helpline today; we are available 24 hours a day to help you maintain your health.

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