November is American Diabetes Month. What is Diabetes? Do you know the signs and symptoms of Diabetes? Can Diabetes be prevented?
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood.
Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
CLICK HERE for "Diabetes at a glance 2016" to learn why diabetes has become a Public Health Problem in America, according to the CDC.
CDC- 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report
- Total: 29.1 million people or 9.3% of the population have diabetes.
- Diagnosed: 21.0 million people.
- Undiagnosed: 8.1 million people (27.8% of people with diabetes are undiagnosed).
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