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Diabetes mellitus is the clinical term used, but it is most often referred to as diabetes. Diabetes is a group of diseases related to high blood sugar levels in the body. Diabetes is the result of the pancreas not producing insulin or the body not responding to the insulin produced by the pancreas. There are 3 types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, and Gestational diabetes. Both are metabolic diseases. Type 1 diabetes is commonly referred to as “insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus” or “juvenile diabetes.” Type 1 diabetes is caused by the pancreas’s inability to produce insulin. Type 1 diabetes is usually controlled with insulin injections. Type 2 diabetes is commonly referred to as “non insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus” or “adult-onset diabetes.” Type 2 diabetes begins with insulin resistant cells. The body doesn’t respond properly to the insulin produced by the pancreas. Type 2 diabetes can be controlled with medications with or without insulin. Gestational diabetes can be seen in pregnant women with or without a history of diabetes. Gestational diabetes is usually resolved with birth. Monitoring should always be a practice utilized in controlling all types of diabetes. Fairly common symptoms of high blood sugar include frequent urination, increased thirst, and increased hunger. If not treated, diabetes can cause serious complications. Serious complications include cardiovascular disease, stroke, chronic kidney failure, foot ulcers, and damage to the eyes. A healthy diet, physical exercise, maintaining a normal body weight, and avoiding use of tobacco can both prevent and treat diabetes. Control of your blood pressure and maintaining proper foot care are important for people with the disease. CompassionCare Hospice knows the importance of diabetes awareness.

March 22, 2016 – Diabetes Alert Day - CompassionCare Hospice

March 22, 2016 is American Diabetes Alert Day. The American Diabetes Alert Day is centered around awareness of type 2 diabetes risk and steps you can take to prevent the disease. This day is sort of a “wake-up call.” Type 2 diabetes is seen more in adults, though we are seeing more children develop this… Read more »