Diabetes affects many Americans and may be the result of pharmacuetical drug use, unknowingly to most.  If you have been diagnosed with Type 2 or Type 1 diabetes and suspect a prescription drug to be the cause, contact an attorney today.

Diabetes describes a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar, either because the body doesn't have enough insulin or because cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced. There are three main types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes. Type 1 diabetes results from the body's failure to produce insulin and requires insulin injections. Type 2 diabetes results from insulin resistance, a condition in which cells fail to use insulin properly. Gestational diabetes occurs when pregnant women who have never had diabetes before have a high blood sugar level during pregnancy. As of 2000, at least 171 million people worldwide suffered from diabetes, Type 2 diabetes by far being the most common of the three main types.

When a person's body fails to produce insulin or use insulin properly, the glucose stays in the blood. Over time, having too much glucose in the blood can cause serious side effects, including damage to the kidneys, eyes and nerves. Diabetes can also cause long-term complications like heart disease and stroke. Although there are a number of potential causes of diabetes, studies have shown that some heart medications prescribed to treat high blood pressure or hypertension cause an increased risk of diabetes among patients.

Diabetes Symptoms

In some cases, diabetes may go undiagnosed because the symptoms often seem harmless and even normal. Due to high blood sugar, individuals with Type 1 diabetes often exhibit symptoms like increased thirst, frequent urination and increased hunger. Other Type 1 diabetes symptoms include unusual weight loss, irritability, increased fatigue, and blurry vision. Type 2 diabetes may present with symptoms like blurry vision, itchy skin, dry mouth, increased thirst, cuts or sores that are slow to heal, leg pain, and frequent urination.

Diabetes Treatment

For people with Type 1 diabetes, monitoring and controlling glucose levels and managing lifestyle changes can effectively treat the condition. Daily insulin injections are required to maintain a normal glucose level. Some patients may benefit from using an insulin pump, which is a small device that administers insulin throughout the day and night via a small tube inserted beneath the skin. For Type 2 diabetes, if the condition cannot be sufficiently controlled with diet and exercise alone, doctors may prescribe medications to help regulate the body's responses to its natural insulin and glucose levels. If medications prove to be ineffective, it may be necessary to prescribe an insulin injection, which must be administered anywhere between one and four times a day. Type 2 diabetics are encouraged to seek thorough evaluations by a physician every three months, including checking blood pressure, examining the feet and skin, performing eye and neurological examinations, and conducting a glycosylated hemoglobin test.

Natural Diabetes Treatments

There are a number of ways in which Type 1 diabetes can be controlled without using pharmaceutical drugs. In some cases, the body's ability to control blood sugar can be repaired by using certain herbal medicines. Many plants are considered to be hypoglycemic and can help non-insulin dependent diabetics. Some of the most common natural hypoglycemic plants are bilberry (Vaccinium mytillus), garlic (Allium sativum), goat's rue (Galega officinalis), mulberry leaves (Morus nigra), and olive leaves (Olea europea). Exercising, controlling your weight, and eating a well-balanced diet by monitoring intake of carbohydrates and sugar, are additional ways in which diabetes can be controlled naturally. For Type 2 diabetes, regular exercise and eating a healthy diet by limiting fat and sodium, can eliminate the need for pharmaceutical drugs and help keep the condition under control. Individuals with Type 2 diabetes should take special precautions when exercising, including monitoring glucose levels before and after exercising and bringing a carbohydrate snack in case glucose levels get too low. Women suffering from gestational diabetes are typically advised to lower blood glucose levels by eating a healthy diet and exercising; gestational diabetes ceases when the woman gives birth.

Diabetes Attorneys for Pharmaceutical Drug Side Effects

Diabetes can be an extremely debilitating condition, which may significantly diminish an affected person's quality of life. If you or a loved one has suffered from diabetes and you believe a pharmaceutical drug to be the cause, contact a diabetes attorney to discuss your options for legal recourse. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, the resulting medical expenses, and the pain and suffering endured by you and your family. Drug companies are responsible for the safety and effectiveness of their medications, and should be held accountable for any injuries sustained by consumers of their products. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. With the help of an experienced diabetes lawyer, victims of diabetes caused by the use of a pharmaceutical drug can protect their rights and collect the compensation they deserve.

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