Why Diabetes Is Dangerous: How to Recognize the Signs of this Metabolic Disease
In 2010, diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the US, according to the American Diabetes Association. During that year, over 69,000 death certificates of Americans listed diabetes as the underlying cause of death.
The most current data, provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, shows that as of 2012, 29 million people were diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Also in 2012, 1.7 million people – ages 20 or older – were diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes for the first time.
These astonishing statistics show that diabetes is a major problem in our society today. With the unhealthy eating habits and statistics of obesity in the United States, millions of Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each year. However, patients still do not take this metabolic disease as seriously as they should.
In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that by the year 2030, the number of people living with diabetes will more than double.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes, also formally known as diabetes mellitus, is a group of metabolic diseases. With diabetes, the affected individual has high blood glucose (or blood sugar) due to one or both of the following reasons: their insulin production is inadequate, or their body’s cells do not properly respond to the insulin.
The pancreas, an organ located near your stomach, is responsible for producing the hormone called insulin. Insulin is then responsible for aiding glucose in getting into your cells. The majority of the food we eat is transformed into glucose, or sugar, to be used as energy fo Continue reading