November: American Diabetes Month

Since this month is American Diabetes Month, let’s learn more about a disease that affects nearly 26 million Americans today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every 17 seconds a person is diagnosed with diabetes. With about 33.8 percent of the American adult population suffering from obesity, it is only natural that the rate of diabetes would also rise.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that occurs when the body does not produce or use insulin to regulate glucose that’s in your blood. Glucose is the main source of energy for your body.

People with type 1 diabetes are either unable to produce insulin or they produce very little. People with type 2 diabetes either produce very little insulin or are unable to use it. In both cases, blood glucose is unregulated. Insulin injections allow the body to metabolize glucose.

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