Diabetes is a scary disease with a variety of alarming symptoms.
According to the Center for Disease Control And Prevention’s (CDC)National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion around 30.3 million people in the United States suffer from diabetes.
That means that almost 10% of our national population is diabetic.
So what exactly is diabetes? According to the Mayo Clinic, “If you have diabetes, no matter what type, it means you have too much glucose in your blood, although the causes may differ. Too much glucose can lead to serious health problems.”
There are two types of chronic diabetes: type 1 and type 2.
In type 1 diabetes, the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, which means the body can’t process sugar properly. Generally, type 1 diabetes appears during childhood or adolescence.
In type 2 diabetes, the body resists insulin or doesn’t produce enough of it. Usually, type 2 diabetes is caused by genetics, but inactivity and excess weight gain may contribute.
Although they’re different, both types of diabetes have some of the same symptoms.