What You Need to Know About Diabetes

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes is one of the most common health issues in the United States. Although most people have heard some information

about Type 2 diabetes. In recent years, ongoing research has provided many improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes. This has allowed for much better management as well as prevention. Here are just a few of the things everyone should know about diabetes.

Diabetes is a Chronic Condition

Diabetes is a condition that occurs when the body struggles with managing blood sugar levels and is caused by your body’s inability to use or make insulin. Which is a hormone that regulates blood sugar. As a result, one of two things happen, either the body does not make enough of any insulin. Or the cells in your body are resistant and cannot effectively use the insulin being created. If your body isn’t using insulin to metabolize glucose (a simple sugar), it builds up in the blood. This causes high levels of blood sugar preventing the cells in your body from getting the energy required to function. Diabetes is a chronic condition and there is no cure, so it requires careful management and medication.

You Don’t Have to be Overweight to Develop Type 2 Diabetes

Research has shown that the condition is also becoming a concern for those who are thin and young. Although about 15% percent of those with type 2 diabetes aren’t overweight, it does not mean that they are healthy. In other words, looking healthy on the outside doesn’t always mean you are healthy on the inside. There are various unhealthy habits that may trick your body into thinking it is overweight and/or unhealthy. Which can put you at risk of developing diabetes. A yo-yo effect may cause your body to build up a resistance to insulin, so skipping breakfast may actually increase your risk of being diagnosed with diabetes by 54%.

Diabetes Can Go Unnoticed for Years

Many of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes are similar to the symptoms of less worrisome illnesses, so the symptoms often go unnoticed, until it is too late. Many of the symptoms develop over long periods of time.

Fortunately, there are some basic things that you can do to help prevent and/or manage type 2 diabetes, including maintaining a healthy weight, exercising daily, limiting sugary drinks and saturated fats in your diet, and avoiding tobacco use. 

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