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Diabetes Awareness

 – This month, we want to bring awareness to a disease that affects 37 million Americans, or approximately 11% of the population, according to 2020 data. Diabetes occurs when blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. High blood glucose can cause health problems over time. The main types of diabetes are type 1, type 2, and gestational.

Who is likely to develop Diabetes?  People with a family history of type 2 diabetes are more likely to develop the disease.  If you are overweight or have obesity, or are 35 or older, diabetes can become a prevalent condition. Physical inactivity, race, ethnicity, and certain health problems also affect your chances of developing type 2 diabetes. A history of gestational diabetes is a risk factor for the parent and the child.

What are some of the symptoms of Diabetes? Increased thirst and urination, feeling tired, unexplained weight loss, and blurred vision are symptoms of diabetes. Many people have no symptoms and don’t know they have diabetes. Each type of diabetes has different causes.

How does one prevent an onsent of Diabetes? You can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by losing weight if you are overweight, being active for 30 minutes most days of the week, and following a reduced-calorie eating plan. Some people also take the diabetes drugs to help prevent type 2 diabetes.

How can one manage Diabetes? Managing your diabetes means managing your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol, and quitting smoking if you smoke. A healthy diet and physical activity are important too. Work with your health care team to create a diabetes care plan that works for you.

Following your diabetes treatment plan may include taking diabetes pills, insulin, or other shots, as well as medicines for related health problems. Some types of surgery, such as weight loss surgery, may be options for certain people with diabetes.

Common denominators for healthy living include worrying less, reducing stress, being more social, a low fat – fruit and vegetable rich diet, positive thinking and daily exercise all of which can in turn help conditions like Diabetes as described above. 

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