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 disease recently.
In type 2 diabetes, your body does not use insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that helps the body store and use glucose (sugar). This is called insulin resistance. If the body is unable to use glucose, our body is starved of energy. It will also cause high blood glucose levels that can harm the eyes, kidneys, nerves, or heart. Adults with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke than those without the disease.
Some people with type 2 diabetes can control their blood glucose with healthy eating and an active lifestyle. But for some, your doctor may need to also prescribe oral medications or insulin to help you maintain your ideal blood glucose level.
People who are overweight, inactive, and over the age of 40 are at risk. It is also more commonly seen in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders. CompassionCare Hospice encourages you to take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test.