Diabetes is a disorder in which the body is unable to breakdown glucose (sugar) into energy that is required by your body cells for survival. The food you eat is converted into glucose, which is further converted into energy by a hormone known as "insulin."
Risk & Complications
It is important to understand and recognize the risk factors and symptoms for diabetes as many of these symptoms may seem harmless and can go undetected.
Test & Diagnosis
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends routine screening for type 2 diabetes beginning at age 45, especially if you're overweight.
Whether you have type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, or have one or more diabetes risk factors, lifestyle modifications, such as diet and exercise, are very important. Lifestyle modifications can help you prevent or slow the progression of diabetes and reduce the complications if you already have diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder in which your body's immune system attacks the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas. Due to this, your pancreas are not able to produce sufficient amount of insulin that is required to breakdown glucose.
Diabetes is estimated to impact approximately 25.8 million people or 8.3 percent of the U.S. population. Of that 18.8 million people are diagnosed whereas 7 million people remain undiagnosed.
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