November is recognized as American Diabetes Month and today is World Diabetes Day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more than 18 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, with diabetes as the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
Diabetes is a disease where the body is unable to produce insulin or when the body does not use insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone that your body needs to convert sugar, starches and other foods into energy.
Sometimes family history plays a part in whether a person develops diabetes, but other factors such as being over weight or lack of exercise appear to play a role as well. Diet, exercise and new medicines can prevent or delay much of the illness and complications of diabetes.
When a person has diabetes, they also have an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, or blindness. There is no known cure for diabetes, but there is treatment. Some of the signs of diabetes can include excessive thirst, extreme hunger, unusual weight loss, increased tiredness, increased irritability and blurry vision.
There are two different kinds of diabetes. Type-1 diabetes is when the body fails to produce insulin. People with this type must get daily shots of insulin to survive.Type-2 diabetes is when the body fails to make enough insulin or properly use insulin.
Research studies have found that moderate weight loss and exercise can prevent or delay type-2 diabetes among adults at high-risk of diabetes. The goal is to get active and stay active by doing things you enjoy, from gardening to playing tennis to walking with friends. Try to get moving and make exercise a part of your daily life.
To learn more about your risk of diabetes, visit http://www.cdc.gov/Features/DiabetesAlert/