In honor of National Diabetes Month, time is set aside to raise awareness on one of the fastest growing disease in our country, diabetes. Diabetes can affect any age or sex. There are two main types of diabetes:
- Type 1 Diabetes: Occurs when bodies stop producing insulin
- Type 2 Diabetes: Occurs when a body slows the production of insulin, which causes the body to become resistant to its ability to maintain normal blood sugar
Insulin is made by the body to maintain blood sugar at a level where it can be used for energy. When eating, the sugars are made available to use for energy. When a person has Type 1 Diabetes, the body has no insulin and has to take injections to get Insulin. In Type 2 Diabetes, the body may still be making insulin, but the body is not using it enough, causing blood sugar to remain high. This eventually leads to damage, especially in the small blood vessels in our heart, brain, eyes and limbs.
Diabetes can be improved through the use of medications. Some medicines are in pill form, whereas some are injected medications. The medication helps a body to use sugar for energy and to keep the blood sugar in an acceptable range. Maintaining a healthy weight, diet and exercise can also help manage diabetes.
For those with diabetes, this is the time to ask yourself if you are doing enough to help keep your blood sugar as normal as possible. Is there more you should be doing? For others, do you know your risk for diabetes? Are you having your blood sugars checked to look for early signs of diabetes?
If you have questions regarding diabetes, please contact the office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.