Diabetes is one of the most common health conditions in the United States. Nearly 10 percent of all Americans live with this condition. Ongoing research in recent years has improved diagnosis, knowledge and treatment of type 2 diabetes, which allows for better management and prevention. Privis Health, a leading provider of digital health, offers a few things you should know about diabetes.
Diabetes is a Chronic Condition
Simply put, diabetes is a condition that comes about when your body has difficulty managing blood sugar levels. It occurs when your body either can’t make or use insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar. Basically, either your body is unable to use the insulin effectively or it just fails to produce it at all.
When this happens, glucose builds up in your blood and leads to high blood sugar levels.
There is No Cure
Currently, there is no cure for this condition, it takes medication and careful management to keep blood sugar levels in optimal range.
Diabetes is on the Rise
The number of people in the United States diagnosed with diabetes has risen dramatically in the last several years. But what is even more concerning is that type 2 diabetes was once something only seen in adults, but now it is common in young adults as well. Obesity is linked to type 2 diabetes and could very well be a reason why we see it in people who are so young.
You Might Not Be Aware of It
Regular checkups with your doctor are recommended because you can have type 2 diabetes and may not even know it. If it goes undetected for too long, it can lead to serious complications including eye disease, nerve damage, kidney disease and an increased risk of a stroke just to name a few.
A Healthy Lifestyle Helps
The best way to prevent type 2 diabetes and to manage it is to lead a healthy lifestyle. You want to maintain a healthy weight, do at least 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise three times a week and limit your sugar intake as well as saturated fats. If you wonder what foods to avoid, start by cutting out processed foods.
Don’t Skip Breakfast
One study found that people who skipped breakfast had a 54 percent higher risk of developing diabetes. You might wonder what the connection is. When you go to bed at night, your insulin levels are stable, but they drop if you don’t eat in the morning. They spike and then crash when you eat lunch. This yo-yo effect is what causes diabetes.
You Might Have Prediabetes
A whopping one in three Americans suffers from a condition in which blood sugar is higher than normal, but not enough to be considered diabetic. Even scarier is that about 70 percent of these people will go on to develop type 2 diabetes.
Screening for diabetes is very important as it ensures early diagnosis and treatment.
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