The pancreas (an oblong gland located in the abdomen) is an important part of the digestive system, and produces the hormones insulin and glucagon,
These hormones, in turn, have a major effect on raising or lowering sugar levels in the bloodstream.
Many popular brands of peanut butter are made
from peanuts and sugar. Add jelly to the mix,
and you've basically made a "sugar sandwich."
When the pancreas begins to malfunction due to the constant demands put upon it, minor symptoms - such as unexplained fatigue, frequent thirst, or tingling in the fingers and toes - may appear. As the body's ability to process sugar and carbohydrates begins to fail, diabetes is the result.
If left untreated, diabetes may lead to nerve damage, decreased circulation, kidney disease and even blindness, among many other serious conditions.
While often associated with obesity, diabetes frequently occurs in apparently fit and healthy individuals, as well. If you even suspect that you may be experiencing early symptoms,
see your doctor for a blood test that will reveal any abnormalities in current blood sugar levels.
If caught early enough, a change
in diet may be the only treatment necessary.
Around the Web, find out more about the various types of the disease - from juvenile diabetes, gestational diabetes or the adult forms of the disease, with more
about the early warning signs & symptoms, available insulin drug and vitamin treatments, plus how to's on cutting down
on sugar and carbohydrates that may actually help the body repair itself ...
Diabetes Association - Check out an encyclopedia of information
on the topic with information on the most common symptoms,
overviews of types 1 & 2 diabetes, kids concerns as well
as resources for health professionals.
Diabetes Center - Here's more information from the premier research and treatment
facility for diabetes in the US with facts and news on the
latest treatments and relational causes. If you are new to
the subject, learn about diabetes & its causes, insulin
and oral treatments, exercise, circulation, diet, drugs, vitamins
and minerals, plus check out the online discussion group for
tips & advice.
With Diabetes - Join this support community for kids with
diabetes and their families for information, links and resources, along with a busy community message boards and chat rooms.
Diabetes Association - Information on this site highlights
Canadian issues, but anyone will find the general resources
helpful. Good links and easy navigation - although it probably
would be a better experience for the user if the inner pages
featured articles or information instead of ads.
is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.