It’s diabetes awareness month! So let’s take a moment to learn more about this major health burden.  There are currently 30.3 million people living with diabetes–it is a BIG deal.  One in four individuals over 65 will be diagnosed in diabetes.

We have all heard about his disease, but what really is it?
Diabetes is a disease in which the individual has high blood sugar levels.  Blood glucose (or blood sugar) is necessary for energy, but it needs to be transported into our body’s cells.  If not enough insulin is created or the body is unable to use the insulin, health problems can occur.

There are three main types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes.
Type 1:
-Diagnosed during childhood
-Body does not make insulin

Type 2:
-Generally diagnosed later in life
-The body cannot use insulin affectively
-Most common

Gestational Diabetes:
-Develops during pregnancy
-Increases the woman’s risk for diabetes later in life

 

Symptoms are not alway noticible and some seem harmless; however, knowing potential symptoms can avoid the progression of worsening health problems or complications.
-Excessive thirst/increased urination
-Feeling hungry
-Fatigue
-Blurry vision
-Tingly limbs
-Slow healing wounds

Keep posted for more information on preventing and managing diabetes!