Understanding Diabetes

Understanding Diabetes

"About 38 million Americans have diabetes (about 1 in 10), and approximately 90-95% of them...

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Understanding Diabetes

Understanding Diabetes

"About 38 million Americans have diabetes (about 1 in 10), and approximately 90-95% of them have type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes most often develops in people over age 45," but more and more children, teens, and young adults are developing type 2 diabetes (CDC, 2023).  Diabetes is a global health concern that affects millions of people, and its prevalence is on the rise.

There are two main types of diabetes:

  1. Type 1 Diabetes: An autoimmune condition where the immune system attacks the  pancreas
  2. Type 2 Diabetes: Characterized by insulin resistance, where the body's cells do not respond effectively to insulin

Causes and Risk Factors:

  1. Genetics: Family history plays a significant role in diabetes risk.
  2. Lifestyle Factors: Poor diet, lack of physical activity, and obesity contribute to the development of Type 2 Diabetes.
  3. Age and Ethnicity: The risk of diabetes increases with age, and certain ethnic groups are more susceptible.

Early detection is key to preventing type 2 diabetes. As diabetes is a continuum, you can have blood tests drawn today to show your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Many people, even young adults, fall in the prediabetes range, and are often told by their PCP to exercise more and eat healthy, without an added caution of the consequences of elevated blood glucose levels.  Type 2 diabetes puts you at risk for heart attack, stroke, numerous cancers, blindness, kidney failure, and loss of limbs.

On a positive note, health eating can help reverse and prevent type 2 diabetes.  A balanced diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins,  healthy fats, and minimizing processed foods helps control your blood glucose levels.  Think: Mediterranean diet.

Maintaining a healthy weight, along with regular exercise helps improve blood glucose levels and lowers weight, but exercise, alone is insufficient.

If you don't make time for your health, you'll be forced to make time for your illness"

Diabetes is a complex condition that requires a holistic approach to management. By understanding the different types, causes, and risk factors, you can take proactive steps to prevent, reverse, or effectively manage diabetes. With a combination of healthy lifestyle choices and regular monitoring, you can decrease your risk for developing diabetes. Remember, knowledge is power, and with the right tools and a knowledgeable practitioner, you can live a healthy life.

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Sources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2023, April 18). Type 2 diabetes.

https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/type2.html

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