Each year, the American Diabetes Association declares November as their national Diabetes Awareness Month. During this month, their programs are designed to focus the nation’s attention on the issues surrounding diabetes and the many people who are impacted by the disease. Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, and another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, your body does not produce insulin.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. The problem is with your body that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. This is also called hyperglycemia.
How do you lower your risk for developing Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes? There are many risk factors that affect your chance for type 2 diabetes. Some of these you can change, like whether or not you smoke, and some you can’t, like your age or family history. These risks include:
• High blood glucose (sugar)
• History of diabetes during pregnancy, called gestational diabetes
• High blood pressure
• Unhealthy Cholesterol
• Physical inactivity
• Unhealthy eating
• Age, race, gender and family history
One you know your risks you can take steps to lower your risk, so you can lead a longer, healthier life. Take a Diabetes Risk test here, or visit your healthcare provider at MUSC and ask about your risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Learn how to make few small changes to your lifestyle here.
At risk for diabetes or want to see a physician to discuss making lifestyle changes? Call and schedule an appointment with one of our doctors today. 843-792-1414.