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November is Diabetes Awareness Month

There are 30 million people in the United States that have diabetes, but 1 in 4 don’t know they have it. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disabilities in the US. Left untreated and uncontrolled, it can cause blindness, nerve damage, and kidney problems.

There are 3 types of diabetes:

Type 1 Diabetes: this type of diabetes occurs when your body cannot produce it’s own insulin. Insulin is an important hormone that allows sugar into cells so they can use it for energy. Since people with Type 1 Diabetes can’t make insulin, they have to take it every day.

Type 2 Diabetes: Most people have type 2 diabetes – 9 out of 10 diabetes have type 2. With type 2, your body produces insulin, but it doesn’t use it well and therefore cannot keep blood sugar at normal levels.

Gestational Diabetes: this occurs when a women get diabetes while pregnant – this could put the pregnancy and the baby at risk. It can also be an indication of the child having type 2 diabetes later in life.

Risk factors:

Prediabetes:

Prediabetes is a health condition where your blood sugar levels are above normal, but not high enough to fall under type 2 diabetes. Nearly 85 million Americans have prediabetes and 90% don't know that they have it. But there is some good news! If you are prediabetic, the CDC has a great program to help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes called the National Diabetes Prevention Program or NDPP. Click here to see if you're at risk for prediabetes.

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, formulating a plan with your doctor is crucial. Most diabetic plans include:

There are many national programs to help you and your family learn how to live with diabetes such as the National Diabetes Education Program.

If you're concerned about your blood sugar, call our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors.

Other helpful links:

Financial Assistance for Diabetes Patients
Diabetes and Nutrition
Diabetes and Sleep
Talking with Your Doctor about Your Treatment
Diabetes and Aging

Resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/home/index.html

https://www.diabetes.org/diabetes

https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/about/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/library/socialmedia/infographics.html

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