Diabetes is a disease that affects how the body uses food for energy. With diabetes, the body’s cells cannot use food properly, and the blood glucose (sugar) becomes high.
Over 20 million people in the US have diabetes, but many cases are preventable with important steps you can take to lower your risk. I wanted to post some information about this disease to hopefully spark some interest. Awareness is a crucial key in being able to prevent many diseases.
There are many complications that come from diabetes and poor blood sugar control. People with diabetes can develop nerve problems, kidney disorders, blindness, and severe infections. They also have a higher risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and certain cancers, like pancreatic and uterine cancer. Each year almost 200,000 Americans die from diabetes and its complication.
Who is at risk for diabetes?
Anyone can develop diabetes, but most people that have diabetes are adults over the age of 40 and the risk increases with age. African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders are at higher risk of developing diabetes compared to whites. Also, people who are overweight, inactive, smoke or have family members with diabetes are at higher risk.
What are the symptoms?
Some people develop symptoms like strong thirst, increased feelings of hunger, frequent urination and wounds that don’t heal. However, many people with diabetes have no symptoms. That is why screening is important.
Everyone over the age of 45 should have their blood sugar checked by a doctor at least once every 3 years. People at higher risk may need to be tested earlier and more often. Screening is easy with simple blood and urine tests that can have important benefits. If you find out you have the disease, you can take steps to treat it and prevent complications.
How can you lower your risk of diabetes?
There are things you can do to reduce your risk of developing diabetes:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Get regular exercise
- Don’t smoke
- Eat a healthy diet that focuses on whole grains and “good” fats (like olive and canola oil)
- Count your carbohydrate intake (the amount of carbohydrates you eat effects your blood sugar level. The more carbs you eat, the higher your blood sugar will be. Some people use carb counting to balance food and insulin keeping their blood sugar in a healthy range)
To use carb counting you should know:
- What foods contain carbs
- How much of food is a carbohydrate serving
- How to read a food label
- How many servings of carbohydrates you should have at meals and snacks
Diabetes is not curable, but fortunately it is treatable.
I hope you enjoyed this post, I like to stay up to date on important issues like this. When I found out this month was National Diabetes Month I knew I wanted to post something about it. There are people on both sides of my family with this disease. I have to be especially attentive to the things I can do to prevent it. Please do some research of your own and learn more about this disease. Knowing the facts early will aid in prevention, there’s no sense waiting until you are 40 to learn about prevention. At any age we can all benefit from knowing a little more about diabetes whether it be preventing it or coping and dealing with it. I’m sure we all know at least one person who has diabetes. If you can sit down and talk to or call someone you know who has diabetes this month and see if you can learn something new about it. Feel free to share here in the comments section.
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I gathered information from these sources:
Natures Place Magazine
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