Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. It can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney damage and a number of other complications. One in 10 Americans have diabetes — that’s more than 30 million people. And another 84 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This month, let’s raise awareness and take a stand against diabetes!
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is the condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugars to build up in your blood.
What are the types of Diabetes?
Type 1: With type 1 diabetes, the body’s immune system attacks part of its own pancreas. Scientists are not sure why. But the immune system mistakenly sees the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas as foreign, and destroys them. This attack is known as “autoimmune” disease.
Type 2: People with type 2 diabetes make insulin, but their cells don’t use it as well as they should. Doctors call this insulin resistance. At first, the pancreas makes more insulin to try to get glucose into the cells. But eventually it can’t keep up, and the sugar builds up in your blood instead.
Symptoms of Diabetes:
- Urinate (pee) a lot, often at night
- Are very thirsty
- Lose weight without trying
- Are very hungry
- Have blurry vision
- Have numb or tingling hands or feet
- Feel very tired
- Have sores that heal slowly
Whether you’re living with diabetes, caring for someone who is, or you’re fighting to stop it, there’s a hero in you. One in 11 Americans has diabetes. So put on your cape and take a stand, visit the American Diabetes Association to find out how you can help!