How Does A Person Acquire DiabetesWritten by Charlene J. Nuble
Diabetes is a condition where body, or to be precise pancreas, loses its ability to create insulin, chemical necessary to regulate blood sugar levels. As we take in food, a substance called glucose enters through bloodstream, and it is insulin's role to make sure that that glucose is carried to different parts of body, in turn fuels us with energy we need. Diabetes is often considered as a silent disease, much like cancer and nearly five out of ten people are unaware that they have diabetes.
So how did we get such a disease? A known fact about diabetes is that it can be hereditary, especially if a family member has a history of diabetes. Obesity is also one of most common factors, leading to lack of exercise and high blood pressure levels. US studies have shown that diabetes can also develop when a mother gives birth to a child who weighs more than 9 pounds.
There are two types of diabetes: The Type 1 diabetes inflicts mostly children when pancreas completely loses its ability to secrete insulin. Common diabetic symptoms include excessive thirst, frequent urination and continued weight loss despite of excessive hunger. They begin to be insulin dependent and its dire results may also include blindness and amputation of certain limbs in body.
Type Two diabetes is far more common than Type One. Its symptoms may include those of Type One, but its leading concern is that nearly half of diabetics may not be able to have such symptoms and cause of hereditary diabetes to children. They are often considered as non-insulin dependents, in which an excessive secretion of insulin passes through bloodstream, causing body to develop a high resistance to chemical. The end result would be high blood glucose content, which can be treated with regular exercise and a high protein diet of starch and carbohydrates.
Adult Acne: A Bumpy Ride Towards AgingWritten by Charlene J. Nuble
Picture this; snow-white clear skin that you have been proud of since your teen years has suddenly poofed into a wicked witch's warty face upon reaching age of 30! "Acne, at my age?" This is often distressed statement of pockmarked men and women in their 30's to 40's afflicted with adult acne.
This problem is surely not work of a vengeful sorcerer. Acne vulgaris is what this most common skin disorder in United States is scientifically called. Statistics has it that 15 million people in US alone are afflicted with acne. It is an embarrassing problem among teenagers. But this condition is not only limited to those awkward years. Adult acne is also prevalent, especially among people in age group of 25 to 40.
Acne is a disease that resulted from accumulation of sebum, a highbrow term for oil, underneath skin. When this happens and desquamation (human's way of molting) process goes wrong, pores become clogged. Aggravation will continue and soon infection sets in. A bad bug called Propionibacterium acnes causes this infection. Overproduction of oil and mismanagement of process of shedding cells equals bunged pores. Clogged pores plus P. acnes, scoundrel, equals breakout. Those pesky zits are produced just as easy as that.
One of pushing forces that may cause occurrence of acne includes elevation of levels of testosterone among adolescents. No, it's not Toblerone misspelled. No matter how many anecdotes you've heard about chocolate addiction causing zits to dominate your face, there's really no enough scientific basis to prove this. Testosterone is a chemical produced by body that increase sebum production and change keratin of hair follicles. Testosterone is an androgen. Androgen is a hormone produced in high levels among males. This is reason behind worse cases of acne among teenage boys more than girls.
Adult acne is called acne rosacea. It is characterized by following: unsightly thick, red skin on nose and cheeks, pus-filled blisters, small red bumps, and small red blood vessels seen on skin surface. It is more commonly linked to increased levels of stress. Isn't it interesting how body reacts to this stimulus? NOT. When exhausted, like Gizmo getting wet, our skin could actually give birth to little monsters! Though they are not as troublesome as gremlins, they could be just as annoying as well. Seriously, pimples can be difficult to deal with, and can cause depression and anxiety in an adult same way it can in a teen. Pressure from work and family responsibilities is thought to possibly affect normal balance of our hormones. And hormones messed up means having to put up with bumpy complexion caused by adult acne.
Aside from stress-triggered hormonal imbalance, hot foods alcohol consumption, and smoking are also considered to exacerbate adult acne. This may help you reconsider your food preferences and habits.