While it may seem like diabetes could never happen to someone in your family, it is becoming more and more common in the United States. It’s important to know what diabetes is so that you can work to prevent it. The following information from the Center for Disease Control can help.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic illness that impacts how your body turns food into energy. There are three types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and gestational. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder that is often diagnosed in children, teens, and young adults. Type 2 diabetes is typically found in adults but can occur in kids, so it’s important to have a blood test if you notice symptoms. Gestational diabetes occurs in pregnant women and often goes away after pregnancy.
Could you have diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes is not preventable as far as we know. You are more likely to contract type 2 diabetes if you are overweight, have a parent or sibling with type 2 diabetes, or are physically active less than three times per week.
How do you know if you have diabetes?
Some symptoms of diabetes include excessive thirst and hunger, losing weight without trying, blurred vision, numb hands and feet, tiredness, and dry skin. Experiencing these symptoms does not mean that you have diabetes, but if there’s a concern, it never hurts to get a blood test!
How do you cope with diabetes?
Diabetes is like any other immune disorder. Those who have it need to eat healthy, stay active, and protect against illnesses like the flu. Diabetes can add stress to a family’s life, but with the appropriate resources and self-care, those with diabetes can be healthy and productive!
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