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Diabetes in America

Diabetes is on the rise in America.  According to the CDC in 2015, there are 100 million Americans who either have Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes.  Unfortunately, most people who have prediabetes do not even know they have it.  If this disease is left untreated, it can lead to type 2 diabetes within 5 years.

Diabetes in America

type 2 diabetes facts

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in America.  What is especially troubling is that diabetes can often be managed through diet and exercise combined with insulin or other medications to control blood sugar.

Type 2 diabetes is also more prevalent in the Black, Asian and Hispanic communities and is also linked to those Americans who have lower education levels.  In fact, for those who have less than a H.S. diploma, the rate of diabetes is more than 12%.  Those Americans with more than a H.S degree have a lower rate of 7.2%.  In spite of all the available information on type 2 diabetes, each year there are more than 1.4 million new cases of type 2 diabetes.

Knowing the symptoms of this serious disease can save lives.  The sooner a person is diagnosed with this disease, the better the chances are of reducing the risk of serious complications.  Let’s take a look at the most common warning signs of diabetes:

Increased Thirst

Dry mouth

Frequent urination

Unexpected weight loss

Fatigue and feeling weak

Blurred vision

Headaches

If you have any of these symptoms, you need to check with your physician and schedule a diabetes test.  You should not be afraid to get tested as often times, type 2 diabetes can be controlled by a diabetes diet, regular exercise, and medications and you can live an active and productive life with the disease.

Other diabetes complications include hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia.  Hypoglycemia happens when a person has low blood sugar levels and takes too much insulin or other diabetes medications or skips a meal. Some of the symptoms include nervousness, rapid heartbeat, blurred vision, difficulty walking and nausea.  Hypoglycemia can lead to seizures, coma and also be fatal if not treated.

Hyperglycemia is when blood sugar levels are too high.  Many of the symptoms are the same as above and can happen when insulin or other medications are forgotten or someone eats to many carbs for the amount of insulin taken.

A person can also go into a diabetic coma when blood sugar is too high and the body becomes too dehydrated.  To ensure this does not happen, it is essential to monitor your blood sugar on a regular basis and drink plenty of fluids.

Diabetes can be prevented for many people if the prediabetes symptoms are addressed early by a physician.  Know your symptoms and stay healthy!

Remember to eat fruit as part of a healthy diabetes diet.  Apples, pears, oranges, apricots, cherries, peaches, and all berries are great to keep blood sugar levels at a healthy level.  Having fruit delivered to the office is healthy for everyone including diabetics.  Check out Fruit FreshDelivery and start making your office a healthier place to work.