Diabetes regardless of type is a systemic disease that affects every organ and every cell in the body. Diabetes by definition is a recognition of abnormal metabolism of glucose (sugar) within the body. Type 1 and type 2 differ and in many respects, can be thought of as opposites with abnormal glucose levels as the only shared finding. As the rates of diabetes increase worldwide the rates at which these patients are being admitted into the hospital are rising as well. Interestingly, the reason for admission is not due to the diabetes itself but from the complications of the disease which most commonly include infections, organ dysfunction/failure, or acute cardiovascular events (heart attacks and strokes). Not only is the reason for the admission for something else, but the rates of complications that occur to diabetics while admitted are higher. Additionally, diabetics have longer stays during admission and in many cases are in the hospital 2 to 3 days longer than a patient that is non-diabetic but who was admitted for the same diagnosis.
Diabetes causes damage on a daily basis to the body. Often times this damage is occurring silently as patients are not able to notice the damage occurring until the damage has become too much. The most common examples of the devastating damage are amputations, kidney failure, loss of vision with diabetic nephropathy, heart failure, and/or debilitating strokes.
In many respects patients are not made aware the devastation that is caused by diabetes. They are often led to believe that diabetes is a controllable disease. Diabetes cannot be controlled. Diabetes has to be eliminated before it eliminates the patient. Diabetes in the form of type 2 is a reversible disease.
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