I live with a type of diabetes that cannot be prevented or reversed. My diet or weight as a five year old had nothing at all to do with why I was diagnosed. I have taken insulin every day for the past 30 years to stay alive. Eating right and exercising of course helps me stay healthy overall and does improve my blood sugar readings but it will not get rid of my diabetes. There are about 900,000+ other people in the US alone who are in the same boat as me. But that is only 5% of the diabetic population. There are approximately 18 million more people in the US who have type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is when the body does not produce enough insulin or does not utilize it properly. It is sometimes linked to diet and(or) lifestyle. There are different treatment options for type 2 diabetes depending on each case, including diet and exercise, oral medication and insulin.
The CDC estimates that there are an additional 7 million people in the US that have diabetes and do not know it. That is an astounding number. Any type of diabetes is no joke. But you can live a fulfilling life with diabetes as long as you get the medical care you need. Today is American Diabetes Association Alert Day. If you aren’t already living with diabetes, please take a few minutes to take the ADA’s risk test for type 2. And share it with your friends and family members. Early diagnosis is crucial. I was extremely fortunate to have parents who recognized the symptoms before I was even sick. And I am certain that has helped me maintain a life of diabetes with minimal complications up to this point. Knowledge is power when it comes to anyone’s health. And if you or someone you love happens to be diagnosed with diabetes, know that there is an extraordinary community waiting to help you.