Maybe you suffer from diabetes. Maybe you wish to make others aware of the disease, or wish to prevent it. We’ve got some great news for you. November is American Diabetes Month.
Diabetes is a serious disease that is sadly, impacting more and more people. Type 1 diabetes is an immune disorder often diagnosed in those who are younger. The body attacks cells that create insulin; thus type 1 diabetics must take regular insulin supplements each day to survive.
Type 2 diabetes is also an insulin disorder, however it’s not the same immune disorder. The body has either quit producing enough insulin, or cells do not recognize the insulin that is produced. While family history is a significant indicator of the risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity has also been proven to be one of the largest causes of type 2 diabetes. A stationary lifestyle with a poor diet can lead to this type of diabetes.
Diabetes By The Numbers
Think diabetes is uncommon and can’t hit you or someone you know? Think again – the numbers of individuals with diabetes are growing. And if our nation can’t turn around our lifestyle and eating habits, these numbers are likely to go up and up:
- Twenty-six million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
- Seventy-nine million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
- The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $174 billion. (source)
- Nearly 11 million adults over the age of 65 have the disease.
- By 2050, 1 out of ever 3 American adults will have diabetes. (source)
As American Diabetes Month nears, make a commitment to learn more about the disease. Learn what it takes to prevent it. Exercise 30 minutes a day and make sure you’re eating a healthy diet. Have your blood pressure and cholesterol checked to see if your numbers are high and put you at risk for diabetes. If you’ve not had your blood drawn for a while, consider having a wellness panel performed so you know if you’re at risk for diabetes, among other disorders. Walk-in clinics like ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City doesn’t require insurance or a co-pay.