November is American Diabetes Month
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes. November is American Diabetes Month, and it’s a time to raise awareness about this chronic disease. Here are some facts about diabetes that you should know.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when there is too much sugar in the blood. Sugar is vital to the body because it provides energy. However, when there is too much sugar in the blood, it can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and amputation.
There are two main types of diabetes—Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. With Type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin, which is a hormone that helps the body turn sugar into energy. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body does not use insulin properly or does not make enough insulin. With Type 2 diabetes, people are often overweight or obese. People with Type 2 diabetes can also develop Type 1 diabetes.
Risk Factors for Diabetes
There are several risk factors for developing diabetes such as family history, age, weight, race/ethnicity, and inactivity. You can control some of these risk factors by maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly. If you have any of these risk factors, you should talk to your doctor about your risk for developing diabetes.
Symptoms of Diabetes
The symptoms of diabetes can be different for each person. Some people may not have any symptoms at all while others may experience extreme thirst or hunger, urinate often, feel tired all the time, lose weight without trying, have sores that heal slowly or cuts/bruises that are slow to heal. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should see your doctor right away so that you can be diagnosed and treated for diabetes.
Treatment for Diabetes
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, your doctor will work with you to create a treatment plan that is right for you. Treatment for diabetes can include taking medication, making lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly, and monitoring your blood sugar levels regularly. It’s important to follow your treatment plan so that you can control your blood sugar levels and avoid complications from diabetes such as heart disease or stroke.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes or think that you may be at risk for developing the disease, talk to your doctor about what you can do to manage your condition. There are many resources available to help you live a long and healthy life with diabetes. November is American Diabetes Month so take this opportunity to learn more about this chronic disease and how you can prevent or treat it!