Ten percent of the U.S. population has been diagnosed with diabetes, not including those who have been identified as pre-diabetic. This disease is non-discriminatory and affects all social, economic and ethnic backgrounds. March 23rd is designated as Diabetes Alert Day. Understand risks for this disease and learn how to address symptoms or seek treatment.

DIABETES TYPES

The most serious type of diabetes, type 1, occurs when the pancreas stops producing insulin. When there is not sufficient insulin glucose builds up in the bloodstream, leaving the body starved for energy. Genetics may be a factor in this disease, but viruses could also play a role. There is no known cure for Diabetes type 1 at this time.

Type 2 diabetes occurs when sugar builds up in the blood system and the body begins to resist insulin. Risk factors include being over the age of 45, obesity, physical inactivity or having a family history of type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle changes make it possible to delay or prevent this type of disease.

Prediabetes is a third form of diabetes with symptoms similar to those of type 2. Pre- diabetes is diagnosed when blood sugar numbers are higher than normal but not quite high enough to be classified as type 2. A diagnosis of pre-diabetes is a call to action and preventable.

DIABETES SYMPTOMS

Approximately 1 in 7 adults are unaware they have diabetes. Learn and pay attention to symptoms. Signs include weight loss or sudden gain, increased hunger, frequent urination, blurry vision, intense thirst, fatigue, and slow healing sores. Men may experience decreased sex drive and/or diminished muscle strength. Pregnant women are susceptible to gestational diabetes during pregnancy and may suffer multiple urinary tract or yeast infections.

PREVENT AND LOWER THE RISK

Forestall diabetes with a few lifestyle tips. Be active at least three times a week by finding a workout fitting your lifestyle. Workouts designed for Seniors may be found on the internet at no cost. Maintain a healthy weight by avoiding unnecessary sugars and carbs. Meet with a nutritionist and learn how a balanced nutritional diet will work to your benefit.

Foods high in protein help curb unhealthy cravings. Focus on foods high in fiber content.  Oatmeal, fruits, and vegetables contain both minerals and vitamins needed for a nutritional balance. Lentils, chickpeas and nut varieties contain fiber and help prevent snacking by producing a fullness sensation as well as stabilizing blood sugar levels. Drink water often as proper hydration is needed for bodies to run efficiently. Refrain from bad habits such as smoking and high alcohol intake.

Diabetes may not be preventable for everyone but implementing simple changes helps lessen the risk. Learn your family history and consult with a doctor often to discuss methods used to lower your risks. It is important to remember it is a lifetime diagnosis and make the necessary adjustments as soon as possible.

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