6 Myths You've Heard About Diabetes
More than 30 million people are living with diabetes, a chronic disease where there is a high level of sugar in the blood.
Of those millions, nearly 28 percent do not know they even have this disease and are not caring for themselves properly. More than 7 million of people who have diabetes are undiagnosed, according to the 2017 National Diabetes Statistics Report .
Even though a chunk of the population deals with diabetes every single day, the general population knows little to no factual information about it. Did you know there is actually two types of diabetes?
Yes, there are! Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease and only 5 percent of people with diabetes are diagnosed with type 1 .
Both forms of diabetes are defined by a high level of sugar in the blood, but there are some differences especially when it comes to insulin , a hormone produced in the pancreas that regulates the amount of glucose in the blood.
People with type 1 diabetes produce little or no insulin. This type is most often diagnosed in children and young adults, but it can occur at any age. Doctors do not know the exact cause of type 1 diabetes, but it can be an autoimmune disease that is genetic.
When someone has type 2 diabetes , their fat, liver and muscle cells dont respond to insulin correctly. This prevents blood sugar from being stored for energy. Although genes and family history play a part in type 2 diabetes, this type of diabetes usually develops later in life from poor lifestyle choices.
In honor of American Diabetes Month, were debunking some common misconceptions o Continue reading