Diabetes is a disease that affects over 25 million people in the United States. Nearly 19 million have been diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, while 7 million more are living undiagnosed.
Type 1 diabetes, sometimes more commonly known as juvenile onset diabetes, is not preventable. It is typically treated with insulin shots taken daily.
Type 2 diabetes, often called adult onset diabetes, is preventable and can be treated by pills or other medicines injected into the body.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) symptoms of diabetes include:
If you think you have diabetes you should talk to your doctor. You should also talk with your doctor before you start or switch any diabetes medicines.
- Frequent urination
- Excessive thirst
- Unexplained weight loss
- Extreme hunger
- Sudden vision changes
- Tingling or numbness in hands or feet
- Feeling very tired much of the time
- Very dry skin
- Sores that are slow to heal
- More infections than usual.
Those at risk for diabetes should stay active and eat healthy, two of the biggest lifestyle changes that can help prevent diabetes, according to the CDC. The CDC also recommends anyone 45 years or older and at risk to get tested for diabetes.
Managing diabetes can be stressful, but can also be controllable if you know the facts about diabetes and the treatment options.
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