Here are some of the things you should know about diabetes, as we come to a close of Diabetes Awareness Month:

  • 1/3 of the people with diabetes, don’t even know that they have the disease
  • According the American Diabetes Association(ADA) diabetes kills more people than breast cancer and AIDS every year.
  • Eating excessive amounts of sugar will not cause diabetes; however, excessive weight gain can put you at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes. People with diabetes can eat sweets, but in moderation and combined with exercise.
  • Symptoms of diabetes, include extreme fatigue, increased appetite, unexplained weight loss, blurry vision, frequent urination and nausea.
  • There’s a myth that diabetes is an old person disease, there has been a significant increase in children under 18 being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1.85 million women between ages 18 and 44 have diabetes, nearly 500,000 are undiagnosed.
  • There is no cure for diabetes. Even if you are exercising and eating right, once you have it, you have it for life.
  • If your diabetes can be controlled by diet and exercise, then insulin will be given. Insulin is a natural hormone that keeps blood glucose levels healthy to prevent complications.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working-age adults, according to the CDC.

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