Diabetes is a condition caused by the body’s inability to make or use insulin.
1. Children and adults can be diagnosed with diabetes
Diabetes was more prevalent in older adults and increases with age. Type 2 diabetes is being seen in younger adults and children due to poor lifestyle habits.
2. Diabetes can be prevented and managed
Diabetes can be prevented or the onset can be delayed by maintaining a healthy weight. It can be managed by monitoring- getting tested, insulin and other medications. Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes.
3. It can go unnoticed
Symptoms can often go unnoticed for years. Symptoms include fatigue, increased hunger, and increased thirst. It’s important for adults and children to get tested for diabetes, especially if they are overweight. Being overweight is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes.
4. It’s a chronic condition with no cure
A chronic condition means it lasts a long time or a lifetime. Diabetes currently has no cure, but it can be managed by having a healthy lifestyle- a healthy diet and regular exercise.
5. It can lead to serious health complications
According to the Centers for Disease Control, people with diabetes are at increased risk of serious health complications including premature death, vision loss, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and amputation of toes, feet, or legs.