Diabetic Care

Diabetes is a disease that is one of our most serious national health problems. The number of people who have diabetes or are at risk of becoming diabetic is increasing at a drastic rate.

The following is some recent information from The National Diabetes Fact Sheet released in January, 2011:

  • 25.8 million children and adults in the U.S.—8.3% of the population have diabetes.
  • Out of that number, 18.8 million people are diagnosed, and 7 million are undiagnosed.
  • 79 million people are considered prediabetic—their blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed diabetic.
  • In 2010, 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people 20 years of age and older.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a group of diseases that causes your body to produce insufficient amounts of insulin or use it incorrectly. Insulin changes sugar, starches, and other food into the energy you need for your daily life. If your body's blood glucose level is too high and left untreated, it can cause serious problems.

How is Diabetes Treated?

Depending on the type of diabetes you have, treatment involves some form (medication or injections) of supplying your body with the insulin it needs. Most people are able to manage the treatment of their diabetes with the right tools, diet, and medicine.

Types of Diabetes

There are several different types of diabetes.

  • Type 1 diabetes: This form of diabetes is usually diagnosed in childhood or in young adults.
  • Type 2 diabetes: This form of diabetes occurs in adults.
  • Gestational diabetes: This form of diabetes occurs at around the 28th week of pregnancy. It usually doesn't continue after you have your baby.

Diagnosing Diabetes

Because so many people have diabetes and don't know it, it's very important to be aware of the symptoms and be screened regularly. This is especially important if you have the risk factors that often predict who will get diabetes:

  • You have a family history of diabetes
  • You have dyslipidemia (a history of abnormal levels of cholesterol and triglycerides)
  • You have high blood pressure
  • You have a history of high blood sugar
  • You are 65 or older
  • You're overweight
  • You have a history of gestational diabetes
  • You delivered a baby weighing over 9 pounds

Diabetes Screening

Fortunately, there is an accurate diabetes diagnostic and screening test, called Diabetes Screening (Fasting Plasma Glucose Test). This test measures the glucose levels in your blood after you have gone eight hours without eating.

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