Many millions of people around the world have diabetes, Type 1 or Type 2.
From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, here are some common definitions related to diabetes.
- A disease in which too little or no insulin is produced or insulin is produced but cannot be used normally resulting in high levels of sugar in the blood
- Any of various abnormal conditions characterized by the secretion and excretion of excessive amounts of urine; especially: DIABETES MELLITUS
- A serious disease in which the body cannot properly control the amount of sugar in your blood because it does not have enough insulin
- Type 1 Diabetes: a form of diabetes mellitus that usually develops during childhood or adolescence and is characterized by a severe deficiency in insulin secretion resulting from atrophy of the islets of Langerhans and causing hyperglycemia and a marked tendency toward ketoacidosis — called also insulin-dependent diabetes, insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, type 1 diabetes mellitus
- Type 2 Diabetes: a common form of diabetes mellitus that develops especially in adults and most often in obese individuals and that is characterized by hyperglycemia resulting from impaired insulin utilization coupled with the body’s inability to compensate with increased insulin production — called also non-insulin-dependent diabetes, non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, type 2 diabetes mellitus
Yes, diabetes is a complex and problematic disease affecting millions upon millions of people, young and old, around the globe. Medical research continues for better treatment programs and medications for diabetes with an eventual end goal of defeating the disease.
Massage therapy plays a role in treating diabetes, both Type 1 and Type 2. Read about it here in an article from the American Massage Therapy Association.