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November Is Diabetes Awareness Month

Halloween is over. Candy has been eaten, in quantities both large and small. On the heels of this sugar-laden holiday comes Diabetes Awareness Month. The rates of diabetes in the US and worldwide are climbing steadily upward, and the American Diabetes Association would like to change the trend.

Nearly 21 million children and adults in the United States are living with diabetes, and another 54 million people are at-risk. If the upward trend doesn't change, one in three Americans will develop diabetes in his or her lifetime. Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is vital for the conversion of sugar, starches, and other foods into energy needed for daily life.

There are four major types of diabetes, and to learn what they are just

  • Type 1 diabetes: Formerly known as juvenile diabetes, in this form of diabetes the body does not produce insulin at all.
  • Type 2 diabetes: Type 2 diabetes, until recently also known as adult onset diabetes, is the most common form of diabetes. In this form of diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin.
  • Gestational diabetes: Gestational diabetes affects pregnant women. There are about 135,000 cases in the US annually.That is four percent of all pregnant Americans.
  • Pre-diabetes: Pre-diabetes is a condition that occurs when a person's blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. There are 54 million Americans who have pre-diabetes and having this condition puts you at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

For more information please visit the American Diabetes Association. The site is full of amazing information!

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sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
You need to see your doctor about this. Possibly have a fasting blood test done to determine your average levels of blood glucose after an 8 hour fast and treat accordingly.
TheUrbanMommy82 TheUrbanMommy82 8 years
I have a question maybe someone could help me with. When I don't eat on time, if I skip a meal, sometimes I get this weird tongue tingling. I have read this is a symptom of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) but is it always in conjunction with a kind of diabetes? I've only read about it on diabetes awareness websites. Thank you so much to whoever can help!
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I've just been diagnosed with Type 2 at 23 years old. Awareness wouldn't have changed my genetics. :(
suzanne suzanne 8 years
I'm a nephrology RN - and 85% of my kidney dialysis patients were diabetics. They would say that they feel fine even with high blood sugar levels. They may have "felt" fine but all that glucose running throught your veins is very irritating and causes damage - that's when the blood vessels get damaged and your vision, kidneys and limbs start to go. By then it's too late, since that damage is not reversable :(
Amytend Amytend 8 years
Thanks for this! Find out what's going on in the diabetes world, and especially around World Diabetes Day (Nov. 14) at http://www.diabetesmine.com/2007/11/world-diabetes-.html
susanec susanec 8 years
Type 1 is an autoimmune disorder. As noted in the description, the pancreas cannot produce insulin but it's onset is much different than type 2 and while it can be predicted, it cannot be cured. Lifestyle changes can help control blood sugars but not to the extend and in the same ways that they affect type 2. With good lifestyle choices, type 2 does not need to be insulin dependent but can be if blood sugars cannot be controlled any other way. A fourth antibody was recently discovered that can aid prediction of type 1 diabetes, it raises prediction levels to 96 percent.
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
Diabetes sucks! my b/f has it..he's only 21 & has to take insulin a few times a day
MelissaL516 MelissaL516 8 years
I know this may be obvious, but what exactly causes diabetes? Other than working out and eating a balanced diet, what causes it? Can a person get it even if they work out and eat healthy?
PrincessTracy PrincessTracy 8 years
I think possibly everyone in my family has diabetes...scary.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
My grandpa had type 2 diabetes and he never monitored his blood sugar. I think he figured if he ignored it, it meant he didn't have a problem. He developed glaucoma and other problems. My mother in law also has type 2 diabetes and she tries to be really careful with it and always checks her sugar levels and tries to eat a more balanced diet. I really hope I can avoid becoming diabetic. Believe it or not, exercise is actually the best way to prevent diabetes because it makes your cells more insulin-responsive. Lots of diabetics find that their symptoms all but disappear when they start working out. Pretty good motivation, eh?
bawp125 bawp125 8 years
My dad was recently diagnosed as diabetic (type 2) and so this is a topic that I am very concerned with. Thank you for posting this information!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
My grandmother is a diabetic, so I know about this all too well.
bluehippy bluehippy 8 years
thanx for posting. Now i want to get twice as fit as i wanted to before
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Great info :)
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