Anti aging guide

Diabetes Mellitus or Late-Onset Diabetes



How to treat or reduce the chances of getting Diabetes Mellitus with proper treatment.

This is also called ‘late-onset diabetes’ or ‘non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus’ (NIDDM). Despite this name, diabetes in later life may eventually need insulin.

Patients with diabetes don’t have enough insulin, the hormone which helps burn down the sugars in our body. The small amount of insulin which remains in the blood is not able to work properly, leaving large quantities of unused sugar going round the bloodstream. Too much sugar destroys our proteins in a process called ‘cross-linking’.

The numbers of new cases of diabetes increase with age. On many occasions there is a genetic predisposition to this disease. Eating too much refined sugar is also thought to make diabetes more likely in certain sensitive people.

Diabetes can cause:

  • retinopathy (damage to the retina of the eye causing visual problems)
  • kidney damage
  • leg ulcers
  • impotence
  • increased risk of thrush

To reduce the danger of developing diabetes, it is best to avoid excess sugar throughout life, particularly if you have a close older relative who has diabetes. Shed any excess weight.

Conventional treatments include tablets which urge the pancreas to release insulin or which make insulin work in harmony with the cells. When these treatments fail, insulin injections are used.

Controversial treatments for preventing diabetes include the drugs aminoguanidine and the hormone DHEA. Chromium picolinate supplements have also been tried (but ask your doctor before starting these if you are already a diabetic), as have garlic and nettle root teas.

Posted by Carol Hudgens - March 22, 2012 at 5:09 pm