- Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects millions of people across America. While it pertains to glucose and blood sugar, it impacts the entire body.
- If diabetes is left untreated, it can lead to serious complications and almost every organ in the body from our skin to our kidneys will suffer.
- The following effects can be avoided or limited by managing the condition alongside a doctor with medication and lifestyle changes.
Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects how the body turns food into energy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are over 37 million people in the U.S. living with diabetes. The most common is type 2 diabetes which makes up 90 to 95-percent of cases in the U.S., says Health.com.
So what is diabetes? The CDC explains how the body breaks down the food we eat into glucose, then releases it into the bloodstream. When our blood sugar increases, it signals the pancreas to release a hormone that regulates the amount of glucose in the blood. For people with diabetes, their body doesn’t produce enough of this hormone or use it as well, resulting in too much glucose in the body. This has an impact on the entire body and can lead to serious health problems, including these 12…
Our digestive system is connected to the brain by the vagus nerve. It runs from the brainstem all the way down to the abdomen, explains VeryWell Health. When this nerve is damaged it can cause a condition known as gastroparesis which causes the stomach to empty food much slower than it’s supposed to. So what does diabetes have to do with all this?
High blood sugar levels can damage the vagus nerve which will then affect their stomach and small intestines. According to VeryWell Health, gastroparesis can lead to further complications like dehydration, gastroesophageal reflux disease, malnutrition from the body not digesting food properly, and unpredictable blood sugar levels. Anywhere from 20 to 50-percent of people with diabetes will experience gastroparesis.