Diabetes Mellitus

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What is Diabetes Mellitus?

Diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) health condition that affects metabolism of Food and conversion of Energy.

Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs by mainly two reason

  1. Food you eat is broken down into sugar (also called glucose) but when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin (Insulin acts like a key to let the blood sugar into your body’s cells for use as energy)
  2. The body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. 

Hyperglycaemia, or raised blood sugar, is a common side effect of uncontrolled diabetes and over time leads to serious damage to many of the body’s systems, particularly on the nerves and blood vessels.

What are the Types of Diabetes?

PointsType 1 DiabetesType 2 DiabetesGestational Diabetes
ReasonType 1 diabetes is due to Autoimmune reaction (the body attacks itself   by mistake) that stops your body from making insulin.

Previously known as insulin-dependent, juvenile or childhood-onset
With type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t use insulin well and body becomes resistant to insulin.  

Formerly called non-insulin-dependent, or adult-onset)
Gestational diabetes is hyperglycaemia with blood glucose values above normal but below those diagnostics of diabetes.    
OccurrenceIt’s usually diagnosed in children, teens, and young adults.More than 95% of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes It develops over many years and is usually diagnosed in adults (but more and more in children, teens, and young adults).Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy Gestational diabetes usually goes away after your baby is born but increases your risk for type 2 diabetes later in life. 
SymptomsExtreme Hunger
Increased Thirst
Weight Loss
Frequent Urination
Blurry Vision
Increased Hunger
Increased Thirst
Increased Urination
Blurry Vision
Sores that are slow to heal
Gestational diabetes doesn’t have any symptoms. The condition is often detected during a routine blood sugar test or oral glucose tolerance test
TreatmentInsulin Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors
DPP-4 inhibitors
Glucagon-like peptides
SGLT2 inhibitors Sulfonylureas Thiazolidinediones  
Exercise and try to lower sugar level.  
Consult your doctor.
Types of Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes Drugs Details:

Class of DrugsExample of DrugsMode of Action
Alpha-glucosidase inhibitorsAcarbose and miglitolLowering the body’s breakdown of sugars.
BiguanidesMetforminThey work by reducing the production of glucose that occurs during digestion.
DPP-4 inhibitors (Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor)Linagliptin , saxagliptin, and sitagliptinImprove blood sugar without making it drop too low by blocking the enzyme dipeptidyl peptidase-4
Glucagon-like peptidesDulaglutide, exenatide, and liraglutide.Change the way body produces insulin
MeglitinidesNateglinide and repaglinide .Induce insulin secretion from pancreas by stimulating pancreas.
SGLT2 inhibitorsCanagliflozin and dapagliflozin .Release more glucose into the urine by preventing the kidneys from reabsorbing glucose back into the blood.
SulfonylureasGlyburide, glipizide, and glimepiride.Increase insulin by stimulating pancreas to release more
ThiazolidinedionesPioglitazone and rosiglitazone.Oral hypoglycaemic (a medicine that lowers blood glucose levels) and help insulin work better
Type 2 diabetes Drugs

Differentiation between diabetes insipidus and Diabetes Mellitus.

Diabetes insipidus (DI): It is an infrequent condition that arises when body kidneys are not able to conserve water.

Note: Details are for Education purposes only.

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