Understanding Diabetes and How We Can Help

Understanding Diabetes and How We Can Help

At National Diabetic Supply, we’re dedicated to helping diabetics find the products and supplies needed to care for themselves.

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When it comes to treatment or management for chronic illnesses, finding everything you need in one place can be difficult, especially if you’re on a budget or don’t have access to medical insurance for help with the cost of your supplies. Diabetes care and management is no different. Whether it’s obtaining insulin syringes to ensure that you have enough on hand to use when needed or it’s finding supplies for your glucose monitor to keep it running effectively, living with diabetes can be difficult and stressful. At National Diabetic Supply, we’re dedicated to helping diabetics find the products and supplies needed to care for themselves, but first, it’s important to understand diabetes as an illness.

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What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a long-lasting, or chronic, health condition that affects your body’s ability to process glucose. As your body works to process the food you eat, it is broken down into glucose. When you have a higher blood sugar, the body releases insulin, which acts as a key to help your body utilize the sugar for energy production and other key body functions. Bodies with diabetes, however, either don’t produce insulin naturally or are unable to effectively utilize the insulin being produced. This can lead to many health issues ranging from bruising to heart and kidney failure.

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Types of Diabetes

There are three main types of diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, and Gestational Diabetes.

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Type 1

Usually diagnosed in children, teens, and young adults, this type is characterized by a body’s inability to create insulin. This is due to an autoimmune response that attacks the pancreas, the organ responsible for creating insulin. There is no cure or preventative treatment for this type of diabetes and people with Type 1 must take insulin every day in order to survive.

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Type 2

Also referred to as adult-onset diabetes, this is the most common type of diabetes. It is characterized by a body’s inability to utilize insulin well and maintain blood sugar levels. While this type may develop over years, patients can work to prevent or delay development of this type of diabetes with a diet change, exercise, and a healthier lifestyle.

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Gestational Diabetes

This is a type of diabetes that appears in pregnant people who have never before been diagnosed with diabetes. Due to the strain of pregnancy on the body, the body develops an inability to use or create insulin and cannot effectively regulate the pregnant person’s blood sugar. This can lead to complications with the baby and can indicate a risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.

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Why Quality Products Matter

When it comes to managing diabetes, the long term effects of poor management or effective management can make a huge difference in overall health, wellbeing, and even longevity. Diabetes is the eighth leading cause of death for adults in the United States and is also the number one cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputation, and adult blindness. With these factors to consider, it’s easy to see why quality diabetes care is so important.

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Finding Everything You Need At National Diabetic Supply

At National Diabetic Supply, our team is focused on providing top-quality brands and products designed for diabetes management and care at affordable prices. Especially in recent years, insulin prices in the US have risen, which is why our prices for accessories, supplies, and equipment have stayed lower. We want to help our customers manage their diabetes effectively, efficiently, and without breaking the bank!

Have Questions?

Get started shopping for the diabetic supplies you need in order to effectively manage your diabetes symptoms. Have questions about your order or our products? Contact us today to speak with friendly, helpful representatives.

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