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Hypertension is defined as the elevation of blood pressure above 140/90 mm Hg. It is very important to point out that each elevation of the systolic blood pressure by 20 units will double the risk of the cardiovascular events. The most common complications of elevated blood pressure are heart attacks, heart failure, strokes and kidney problems, which is why it is so important to make sure that your blood pressure is under control.
Generally, diabetes is defined as an elevation of the fasting blood glucose (sugar) to more than 125 mg/dl. This condition usually starts in childhood but may also start in one’s early 20s. The main feature of this disease is the inability of the pancreas to produce insulin, which reduces the amount of glucose in the bloodstream. This condition requires lifelong insulin therapy. The usual symptoms of type I diabetes are thirst, increased urinary frequency and urine volume, and weight loss. What is also important to know is what happens if diabetes is left out of control. The usual complications of diabetes are heart attack, stroke, kidney failure often requiring hemodialysis, vision loss, and poor circulation in the lower extremities, which frequently ends with leg amputations.
Generally, diabetes is defined as an elevation of the fasting blood glucose (sugar) more than 125 mg/dl. This condition usually starts later in life. In contrast to type I diabetes where the pancreas doesn’t produce insulin the main feature of this condition is the fact that the body becomes resistant to insulin. In other words the pancreas produces enough insulin and even more than normally but the tissues (mostly skeletal muscles) are not able to absorb the glucose despite the abundant amount of insulin in the blood. In other words the tissues are suffering from lack of sugar inside their cells while there is a large amount of sugar in the blood. From the diabetes’ stand point the skeletal muscles are the main consumer of the glucose. Physical exercise stimulates muscle cells to be more sensitive to insulin and as a result will absorb more glucose from the blood, which is why it is vital to incorporate physical activity into your daily lifestyle. Also it is important to know that weight gain can be one of the signs of increasing insulin resistance. The usual symptoms of type II diabetes are thirst, increased urinary frequency and urine volume, and weight gain.
Again the usual complications of type II diabetes are the same as with type one, which are heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, often requiring hemodialysis, vision loss, and poor circulation in the lower extremities, which frequently ends with leg amputations.
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