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Did You Know
You can both prevent diabetes and manage it if you’ve been diagnosed by eating a healthy diet, exercising 30 minutes each day, and losing excess weight.
Recent statistics show that more than eight percent of the United States population has diabetes, with an additional seven million people undiagnosed. What’s more is that those people are two to four times more likely to have a stroke, two to four times more likely to die of a heart attack, and are at much greater risk for conditions like blindness, kidney disease and high blood pressure. The good news is that diabetes and the complications that go with it can be managed with the right treatment. The first step is learning what you’re up against.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease which affects the body’s ability to use or produce insulin, causing high glucose levels in the blood. There are three types of diabetes: type I, type II and gestational diabetes. Type I diabetes, or juvenile diabetes, is usually diagnosed in children and is a condition in which the body does not produce insulin. Gestational diabetes affects pregnant women who have never had high blood glucose levels before, but experience it during pregnancy.
Type II diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. It occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin, or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin takes sugar from the blood to cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going to cells, it can lead to complications. Type II diabetes is becoming an almost-epidemic in the United States, as rates of obesity and inactivity increase.
Symptoms of Diabetes
You could have diabetes and not know it because the symptoms can develop slowly and are not always alarming.
Look for these signs:
- Increased thirst and hunger
- Frequent urination
- Weight loss
- Blurred vision
Who's At Risk?
The exact cause of diabetes is unknown, but knowing your risk level can help prevent it. People who are over age 45, are overweight, are inactive, or have a family history of type II diabetes are at greater risk for the disease. Those who are African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Asian American or Pacific Islander also have a greater risk of developing diabetes.
At Florida Hospital, we are dedicated to helping you prevent diabetes. Take our quiz to learn if you’re at risk for developing the disease. People at a higher risk for diabetes should visit their doctors for a complete diagnosis and to develop a plan for managing the disease.