Many people who suffer from diabetes wonder what life would be like with a constantly acceptable blood glucose level. Diabetes Mellitus usually referred to simply as diabetes can be any one of a group of metabolic diseases in which the affected person has a measured blood glucose which is outside the range for an acceptable blood glucose level. This is as a result of either the body does not produce enough insulin, or the cells do not respond to in a normal fashion to the insulin which is produced. Glucose, which is used for energy by every cell of the body, can also become quite toxic if levels build up in the blood.Insulin is needed to cause the cells to take up the excess insulin which in the blood and either use it or store it for future use. When the body does not produce sufficient quantities of insulin, or the body is resistant to insulin there is no way for the body to maintain anacceptable blood glucose level.
Elevated levels of glucose in the blood stress nearly every body system as the body seeks to rid itself of the excess insulin. This is usually the cause of the frequent urination, increased thirst and increased hunger which are typical early signs diabetes. This may sound quite harmless, but a higher than acceptable blood glucose level that remains high for a long period of time can lead to kidney disease, blindness, and any number of terrible associated symptoms.
When blood glucose levels fall to lower than normal the body responds by beginning to shut down as it runs out of the glucose needed to power the cell. This can lead, quite quickly, to coma, unconsciousness, and if left untreated, death. As the numbers of people diagnosed with diabetes continues to rise the quest for the acceptable blood glucose level becomes increasingly more important.