We often associate diabetes with the liver. The disease, which affects many elders receiving home health care in Ferguson, Missouri, gives way to several complications that affect the liver, like fatty liver disease and acute liver failure.
However, there is yet another organ that is affected by diabetes. In fact, it is damage to this organ that eventually leads to the conditions that progress into diabetes. We’re talking about the pancreas, which, like the liver, assists the stomach in the digestive process.
Anyone working with doctors and skilled nursing in Missouri understands that the pancreas produces several enzymes that help break down the food that we eat. It also produces insulin, which binds to sugar molecules and converts them into calories.
Now, because of the lifestyles that we observe, the pancreas could get damaged. Alcohol consumption, for instance, heightens blood sugar levels and forces the pancreas to produce more insulin to maintain balance. Over time, the pancreas becomes damaged, and its ability to produce insulin is reduced. Now, it is producing lesser amounts of insulin even during instances of high sugar levels.
Over time, the pancreas could lose that ability as well. This is when a person can develop diabetes. Without insulin, the body’s sugar levels remain high most of the time, causing frequent urination, heightened thirst, and constant hunger. These are signs that the body is not receiving enough calories and that it is trying to flush out excess sugar in the blood.
Now that you understand how diabetes occurs and what causes it, maybe it’s time to rethink your lifestyle.
If you have an elderly diabetic who would like to have in-home health care, feel free to contact us at Jones Home Health Care, Inc.