November 2021 - American Diabetes Month

Did you know that more than one in five of the people in the United States who has diabetes doesn’t even know they have it? According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), that’s 7.3 million people — out of a total 34.2 million — who aren’t aware they’re living with the disease and all the health risks that poorly managed blood sugar can pose. No wonder an awareness month is needed for diabetes.

Diabetes puts people at risk for nerve damage, cardiovascular disease, foot and limb injuries, vision problems, and other complications that arise from having uncontrolled blood sugar, as the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus guide cautions. Not to mention, diabetes raises a person’s risk of developing serious COVID-19, per the CDC.

The major types of diabetes are:

  • Type 1 Diabetes An autoimmune disorder that typically begins before adulthood, in which the immune system destroys cells within the body that make insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar

  • Type 2 Diabetes A disease that usually begins in middle age, which results when the body isn’t able to use insulin properly to regulate blood sugar

  • Gestational Diabetes A condition during pregnancy in which the body doesn’t use insulin properly, similar to type 2 diabetes

Up to 95 percent of cases are type 2 diabetes, and most of the rest are type 1 diabetes.

If you are experiencing symptoms of diabetes or would like to learn more, contact your doctor and visit the American Diabetes Association’s website at

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