American Diabetes Month
Millions of Americans are currently living with some form of diabetes, typically Type 1 or Type 2. Type 1 diabetes happens when your body does not produce insulin, so it breaks down carbohydrates into blood glucose for energy. Type 2 diabetes, the most common type, happens when your body resists using insulin, so your pancreas must make up for this by creating extra insulin. However, it cannot do this forever and can lead to serious complications.
While it is not completely understood why some people develop Type 2 diabetes, research has shown the following factors significantly increase the risk of developing the disease.
- Physical inactivity
- High blood pressure
- Abnormal cholesterol levels
To lower your risk, it‘s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels down. However, some risk factors cannot change, such as genetics. If you have a genetic history of diabetes within your family and would like to get tested, please visit your doctor. For more information and helpful tips on managing your diabetes, visit www.diabetes.org.