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9 Facts about Diabetes


  1. More than 18.2 million people (or 6.3 percent of the population) in the United States have diabetes. There are two main types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes usually occurs during childhood or adolescence. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease and usually occurs at 45 years or older.
  2. Diabetes is a disease that occurs when the body cannot properly use or produce insulin, a hormone needed to convert sugar and starch into energy. Causes can be genetics and environmental, such as obesity.
  3. Diabetes is a chronic (life-long) condition, however, with lifestyle adjustments to control blood sugar, medications, and proper medical supervision, many problems associated with the disease can be avoided.
  4. Diabetes can go undetected for a long time. Many times it takes a life-threatening event such as a heart attack before it is diagnosed. Enrolling in an Online Diabetes Education Program could help one stay informed about various symptoms and learn how to deal with the condition if diagnosed.
  5. There are two types of Diabetes: Type 1 – Gestational diabetes is a temporary form of insulin resistance that usually occurs halfway through a pregnancy as a result of excessive insulin production. It usually goes away after the pregnancy, although, these women can be at increased risk for Type 2.
  6. Type 2 – is a lifelong disease. It begins when the pancreas stops producing insulin. Insulin is vital for getting blood sugar into the body’s cells for energy. If there is no insulin, he sugar builds up in the blood. Over time the built up sugar can damage the heart, nerves, blood vessels, kidneys and eyes.
  7. Type 1 warning signs: extreme fatigue, hunger, weight loss, irritability, unusual thirst, numbness in the hands or feet, blurred vision, frequent urination, slow healing cuts and bruises. Type 2 Warning signs: there are rarely signs, although obesity is a risk factor.
  8. People with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or stroke.
  9. Diabetes can cause blindness, kidney disease, nerve disease, impotence, blood vessel blockage and result in amputations.

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