7 Possible Causes for Polyphagia

Polyphagia Diabetes Type 2

The most common type of diabetes is type 2. A person with diabetes develops high blood sugar levels due to insulin resistance. Insulin works like a drug that regulates the amount of glucose in your body. When insulin levels are too low, your pancreas produces less insulin and your blood sugar level rises.

If the blood sugar level stays too high, it causes damage to your cells. You may develop complications such as blindness or kidney failure.

Type 1 diabetes is rare and occurs when there isn’t enough insulin produced by your pancreas to regulate blood sugar levels. People with type 1 diabetes don’t have any problems controlling their blood sugars because they produce sufficient amounts of insulin from their own bodies.

Diabetes is not just a disease affecting older adults. Children and adolescents can get diabetes too. Type 2 diabetes usually starts before age 20 years, but it’s possible to develop type 1 diabetes at any age.

How do I Know if My Kid Has Diabetes?

If you have a child, then you know what it feels like to worry every day about whether or not your child will become diabetic. Here are some warning signs that your child may be at risk:

Unusual thirst or frequent urination

Losing weight without trying

Skin that’s always dry

Frequent infections, such as yeast infections

Blurry vision

Tingling or numbness in feet or hands

If you’re concerned that your child is developing any of these symptoms, then you should call your pediatrician immediately.

What is the Difference Between Types 1 and 2 Diabetes?

The major difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes is that in type 1, your body is attacking itself and destroying your pancreas’s insulin-producing beta cells. With type 2, your body doesn’t produce enough insulin or it becomes resistant to the insulin that’s produced.

Both types of diabetes are very serious and require long-term treatment to help manage blood sugar levels.

Can Diabetes be Prevented?

While it’s not always possible to prevent type 2 diabetes, many lifestyle changes can help prevent or slow down the development of type 2. Losing weight, eating a healthy diet, and being physically active can all help prevent or manage type 2.

There are several other factors that can influence whether you develop type 1 or type 2, such as your ethnicity, family history, and where you live.

Is there a Test for Diabetes?

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