National Diabetes Month
More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, and an additional 84 million adults are considered high-risk for developing type 2 diabetes. But despite how common diabetes is in the United States, most Americans don’t know much about this disease.
Diabetes comes in several forms, but all forms involve issues with your body’s ability to regulate your blood sugar levels due to issues with the natural production and intake of insulin in your body. If you have diabetes, then you already know that you must be much more careful with your food and eating patterns, and need to monitor your blood sugar regularly to avoid dangerous spikes and drops.
Amicus has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for providing high-quality care for diabetes patients, and we believe that knowledge is key to preventing and treating diabetes. That’s why during National Diabetes Month we’re sharing some basic facts everyone needs to know about diabetes.
5 Key Facts You Need to Know
- There’s more than one type. Type 1 diabetes, which is usually developed by children and teenagers, is caused by a mix of genetic and environmental factors, but weight is not thought to be one of them. Type 2 diabetes, which individuals usually develop later in life, is also the result of a mix of factors, but being overweight can contribute. Gestational diabetes is developed during pregnancy and often subsides after birth.
- Lifestyle is an important factor in preventing type 2 diabetes. Unlike type 1 diabetes, which is often out of your control, an unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle contributes to your likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes. Being overweight is a risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes.
- Diabetes and prediabetes have many symptoms you should watch out for. Talk to your doctor if you notice any of these symptoms in yourself or a loved one: increased thirst, frequent urination, unexplained weight loss, extreme hunger, fatigue, irritability, blurred vision, frequent infections or sores and wounds that are slow to heal.
- Prediabetes, a condition that precedes the development of full type 2 diabetes, can be stopped. It may be possible to make lifestyle changes that will halt or even reverse prediabetes and avoid dealing with the continuing health complications that come with managing diabetes. With the advice of a doctor, you can develop a plan to improve your health, increase your physical activity and follow a diet that stabilizes your blood sugars.
- A long and healthy life with or without diabetes is possible with a good care plan developed between you and your doctor.