Diabetes (DM) is a chronic health condition that affects how the body processes glucose (a type of sugar) in the blood. When you eat food, your body breaks down carbohydrates into glucose, which is then released into your bloodstream. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, helps cells absorb glucose and use it for energy. In diabetes, either the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the body doesn’t respond properly to the insulin produced (insulin resistance). This leads to high levels of glucose in the blood which can cause a range of health problems such as heart disease, kidney disease, nerve damage, vision problems, and infections over time. However, with proper management and treatment, people with diabetes can lead healthy and active lives.
There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that usually develops in childhood or adolescence. It occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. People with type 1 diabetes need to take insulin injections or use an insulin pump to manage their blood glucose levels.
Type 2 diabetes (T2DM) is the most common type of diabetes, accounting for around 90% of cases. It typically develops in adulthood. T2DM occurs when the body becomes resistant to the effects of insulin, or when the pancreas is not able to produce enough insulin to meet the body’s needs. People with type 2 diabetes may need to take oral medications, insulin injections, or a combination of both to manage blood glucose levels.
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A Systematic Review to Assess the Impact of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy on Glycaemia in People with Diabetes Mellitus
Abstract Background and Objectives: Hyperbaric oxygen is a recognised treatment for a range of medical conditions, including treatment of diabetic foot disease. A number of studies have reported an impact of hyperbaric oxygen treatment on glycaemic…
Diabetes affects more than 12 million people annually, and the experienced team at Skaggs Chiropractic in Joplin is always seeking the most effective methods to help our patients with diabetes. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) does just that for…
Abstract Vascular complications in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) are common. Since impaired oxygen balance in plasma plays an important role in the pathogenesis of chronic DM-associated complications, the administration of hyperbaric oxygen…
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