Diabetes

An estimated 7.8% of the United States population has some form of diabetes

Diabetes is a condition when the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone needed to convert sugar and starches into energy. An estimated 7.8% of the United States population has some form of diabetes.

When not properly managed, diabetes can lead to many serious effects, including but not limited to:

  • Heart disease
  • Kidney failure
  • Blindness
  • Nerve damage
  • Impotence
  • Gangrene
  • Amputation

Almost all effects can be prevented with proper management.

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Types of Diabetes

Diabetes stems from the body’s inability to produce insulin. Without insulin the body cannot process and use glucose for energy.

Diabetes stems from the body’s inability to properly use insulin. The majority of diabetic Americans have type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes begins directly after pregnancy.

Glucose levels are raised, but not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes.


Types of Diabetes

Risks

There are multiple risk factors for diabetes, including:

  • Family history
  • Overweight
  • Lack of exercise
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Ethnicity

 

Managing Diabetes

The best way to manage diabetes is to work directly with a registered nurse to develop a plan.