Driving Awareness During American Diabetes Month
Did you know that diabetes is the nation’s seventh leading cause of death? It outranks AIDs and breast cancer combined. But with growing awareness of its prevalence and increased knowledge of how to prevent and manage the disease, diabetes has met its match with healthy lifestyle choices and advanced treatment options.
We are proudly taking the opportunity to increase awareness about this devastating disease that currently affects more than 29 million Americans.
Here are some things you should know.
Diabetes is not an indication of people failing to take care of themselves.
While lifestyle factors play a part in the onset of type 2 diabetes, genetics is the underlying factor for both types 1 and 2, and it is altogether unknown what factors actually trigger the onset of type 1. This is one of the most compelling reasons to stay in the know about diabetes—it has so many potential catalysts!
Risk factors to consider include:
- Being Overweight
- High Blood Pressure
- Unhealthy Cholesterol Physical Inactivity
- Age, Race & Gender
- Family History
A diabetes diagnosis does not mean you will have to take insulin.
While insulin dependency is a reality for those with type 1 diabetes, in which the body produces no insulin at all, it’s not for type 2. For those suffering with type 2 diabetes, treatment and symptom management may begin with a combination of dietary and lifestyle changes, along with the possibility of regulatory medications. Still, it’s important to know that type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease, so while insulin may not be needed initially; it could become part of your regiment later in life.
You can live the good life with diabetes.
Diabetes is a serious and potentially life-threatening disease, but it doesn’t have to overshadow your brightest moments. Those who are proactive in working with their doctor to understand their diabetes type and severity and who commit to making quality choices can still expect long and healthy lives.