In the U.S. 8.3% of the popoulation has diabetes. In people with diabetes, glucose (blood sugar) levels are too high. This is because glucose remains in the blood, instead of entering the cells, as it should. Insulin is the hormone that must be present for glucose to enter the cells and be converted into energy.
Risk factors for diabetes include: having a family history of the disease, being over the age of 45, being overweight, a sedentary lifestyle, low HDL (good) cholesterol, high triglicerides, and high blood pressure.
Symptoms of diabetes include: frequent urination, unusual thirst, extreme hunger, unusual weight loss, extreme fatigue and irritability, blurred vision, slow healing cuts and bruises, and recurrent skin, gum or bladder infections.
Diabetes is treatable! If you have symptoms, please see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Control your diabetes for Life!