Monday, November 10, 2014

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Health

November is Diabetes Awareness Month--  

We always find it extremely important to discuss diabetes, as it affects million of Americans. Diabetes is a group of diseases, characterized by high blood glucose levels, resulting from the body's deficiency in producing insulin.


As we all work to raise awareness about diabetes, there are some essential things you should know:

There are three types of diabetes:
-Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in childhood. Many patients are diagnosed when they are older than age 20. In this disease, the body makes little or no insulin. Daily injections of insulin are needed. The exact cause is unknown. Genetics, viruses, and autoimmune problems may play a role.
-Type 2 diabetes is far more common than Type 1. It makes up most of diabetes cases. It usually occurs in adulthood, but young people are increasingly being diagnosed with this disease. The pancreas does not make enough insulin to keep blood glucose levels normal, often because the body does not respond well to insulin. Many people with Type 2 diabetes do not know they have it, although it is a serious condition. 
  *Type 2 diabetes is becoming more common due to increasing obesity and failure to exercise.
-Gestational diabetes is high blood glucose that develops at any time during pregnancy in a woman who does not have diabetes. Diabetes affects more than 20 million Americans.

Diabetes can be from a number of sources. 
Diabetes can based on diet, genetics, access to health care and healthy food, or a combination of the 3.

Diabetes does not have a cure and needs continued awareness.   
As greater efforts and funding is put into diabetes research, we can get closer to combating its prevalence.  

Awareness and action make diabetes manageable.
Visit your doctor regularly and make sure you are doing the right things to remain healthy.  Eating right, watching your sugar intake, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle--including physical activity, will keep you in control of diabetes--not the other way around.

Diabetes is an everyday condition, impacting people we all know and love.  
Well-known fighters include Patti LaBelle, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Halle Berry, Bret Michaels, Nick Jonas, and Larry King.  They don't let it stop them.  No one should.


Take diabetes seriously.  It could be your condition or the condition of someone close to you, but it affects us all.

Here's some helpful resources:
Diabetes Efforts in Your Area
Diabetes Blog 
Diabetes Research Tool 
American Diabetes Association 
Diabetes for Your Life

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