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What is diabetes?

Diabetes is the condition in which occurs due the high levels of glucose in the blood. Such a condition arises when the insulin production is insufficient or when the insulin utilization is improper. Insulin is a very important hormone that facilitates the passage of glucose into the cells.

What is type-1 diabetes?

This type of diabetes occurs due to the insufficient production of insulin by the pancreas. The onset of type-1 diabetes is abrupt in contrast to the other type. Type 1 diabetes symptoms shall include frequent urination, excessive thirst, weakness etc.

What is type-2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes occurs due to insulin resistance or insufficient production of insulin. A combination of both can happen. Almost 80% cases are of this type. Normally, type-2 diabetes occurs over 40, however it is now getting prominent in younger ages.

What is the difference between type-1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes?

Type-1 diabetes is autoimmune in nature whereas type-2 is not. The onset is abrupt is type 1 diabetes whereas the onset and the progress is gradual for type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes commonly affects the children and younger adults. In contrast, type-2 diabetes commonly affects middle aged people. Most importantly, type-2 is much more common than type 1 diabetes.

What is pre-diabetes?

The conditions that occur before the diabetic conditions are called pre-diabetic conditions. The most prevalent pre-diabetic conditions are impaired fasting glucose (IFG) and impaired glucose tolerance (IGT). The blood glucose levels are higher than normal in such conditions.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Type 1 diabetic conditions include frequent urination, excessive thirst, weight loss without a reason, fatigue etc.

The symptoms of type 2 diabetes are very much similar to the former type. In certain cases, the individuals affected with type 2 diabetes may not show any noticeable symptoms.

Is diabetes serious?

Some serious complications can arise due to diabetes. The major complications of diabetes are as follows:

  • The possibility of stroke & heart disease is doubled when the person is affected with diabetes.
  • The possibility for lower limb amputation is very increased 15 times compared to the normal case.
  • Diabetes is one of the major causes for kidney failure. Those who are affected with diabetes have 3 times more probability for kidney failure than the normal case.
  • Diabetic retinopathy is one among the major reasons for vision impairment and blindness.

Who is candidate for weight loss (bariatric) surgery?

The body mass index of a person is taken as the criterion for deciding whether a person is suitable for bariatric surgery. Those persons are eligible if:

  • He/she has failed attempts with other weight loss methods like regular exercise, medications etc.
  • He/she has a BMI between 35 and 40.

Are bariatric surgeries suitable for everyone?

The bariatric surgeries cannot be applied for everyone. A comprehensive evaluation is very necessary to check if the patient is an eligible candidate. Since these surgeries are life-alternating procedures, it is to be made sure that the individual is capable of coping with these changes.

Is sexual activity restricted after weight loss surgery?

It is possible for patients to have normal sexual activity once the healing process is complete. During the initial period (about 6 weeks), a lack of sexual desire may be experienced.