American Diabetes Day: March 27th, 2018

On March 27th, 2018 we take some time to recognize the importance of preventing and managing diabetes. According to Healthline, nearly 30 million people in the United States have diabetes, not including over 8 million people who may be undiagnosed or unaware of their condition with diabetes. Trends show that more and more cases are coming up every year, which means that diabetes is becoming a bigger and bigger problem to deal with as a country.

It’s important that you become aware of diabetes (check out more information here in our diabetes awareness infographic) and its impacts, how it can affect your body, and what you can do to prevent or manage diabetes.

Commonly Asked Questions About Diabetes

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a type of disease within the body where it prevents proper production of insulin (a hormone), resulting in unsafe levels of glucose in the blood and abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates. Diabetes, if left untreated, can be life threatening depending on the type and severity of the specific case.

What is considered a normal level for blood sugar before meals (or waking up) and after meals?

We recommend consulting with your doctor about specific blood sugar levels for you, but as a rule of thumb, an average “before-meals” blood glucose (blood sugar) level for people with diabetes is 70-130 mg/dl while after eating (1-2 hours later) the blood sugar goal would be under 180 mg/dl.

Will I have to take insulin if I’m on type 2 diabetes?

Not always. If the condition is detected early enough, your body may still be able to produce adequate amounts of insulin if you carefully regulate blood sugar levels over the years.

Is diabetes (type 2) reversible?

You can moderate your type 2 diabetes, but it can’t be reversed after you’ve been diagnosed. If however you have “prediabetes,” or were just diagnosed with type 2, and then lose a considerable amount of weight, it can put the disease into remission.

How do I learn to accept that I have diabetes?

This can be a challenge for some people at first, but it’s important to work on realigning what you view as “real.” Wishing that you don’t have diabetes won’t make it go away and not getting treatment can have very adverse effects on your body.

How does diabetes affect my body?

Generally, diabetes affects blood vessels and nerves in the body, which means that it can have a direct or indirect impact on virtually every part of the body. Diabetes impacts blood pressure levels, is commonly linked with high cholesterol, and can increase the risk of heart attacks/cardiovascular disease. High blood pressure and cholesterol also raises the risk of having a stroke.

Individuals who have diabetes are also prone to other complications in the eyes, known as diabetic retinopathy, as well as the kidneys issues (diabetic nephropathy), nerves problems, issues with your digestive system, and more.

What are some simple ways to prevent and manage diabetes?

There are many different ways to help prevent and manage diabetes. Also certain of lifestyle changes will be more effective than others depending on your unique situation. Generally, people who are looking to minimize their risk of or manage their diabetes involves… eating less, drinking plenty of water (especially before your meal), getting more exercise every day (e.g., 30 minutes, 5 days a week), making healthier food choices, snack on veggies (instead of sugary foods), keep track of your food consumption and more.

If you have more questions about diabetes, such as getting tests, finding treatment, or just having someone to talk to, check out our Diabetes Screening and Management page here or contact us to learn more or schedule a visit.