It’s time for our monthly highlight on a health issue and November is declared American Diabetes Month by the American Diabetes Association. During this time it is the Association’s goal to bring more attention and awareness to the seriousness of diabetes and it’s potentially deadly complications such as heart and kidney disease, stroke, blindness, and amputation. They also strive to educate the public on the importance of properly controlling diabetes.
Diabetes care and prevention is a prevalent issue in American since 23.6 million people, or 7.8% of the population, have diabetes according to the American Diabetes Association. They also note that since 1987 the death rate resulting from diabetes has gone up 45%.
Below is some general information regarding Diabetes that you are welcome to copy or modify for your website. I have also put together a product storefront on related diabetic products. Hocks has a vast supply of meters, insulin, syringes, diabetic snacks, and other general diabetic accessories. (They even carry diabetic products for pets!) You can get the storefront HERE. To activate the product links, just replace the YOURUSERID in the code with your ShareASale affiliate ID number.
What does it mean to have diabetes?
If you have diabetes, it means that your body can not properly use the energy from foods eaten. it is closely related to how the body makes and uses insulin. Insulin is helps to keep your body’s blood sugar, or blood glucose, within a healthy range. There are two major types of diabetes, type 1 and 2. Sugar is unable to enter the cells and builds up in the bloodstream in both types of diabetes. Without sugar in the cells, the body lacks energy and the buildup of sugar in the bloodstream creates high blood sugar levels. Over time, it is the high blood sugar levels that can result in other serious complications associated with diabetes. Blood sugars can be managed and controlled through proper exercise and diet. Though there is no cure for diabetes, proper care can return the body’s blood sugar levels to normal.
- Type 1 – The body produces none or little insulin. This is known as an insulin deficiency. Patients with type 1 diabetes are required to take insulin to supplement their body’s inability to do so on its own. Only about one in ten individuals diagnosed with diabetes have this form.
- Type 2- This is the most common form of diabetes and occurs when the body can produce insulin but the cells are unable to properly use it. This is known as insulin resistance. In addition to exercise and meal planning, patients with type 2 diabetes may also require some medications to control blood sugar levels.
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