Are You a Diabetic?

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What is diabetes?

Adult onset diabetes, or Type 2, is caused by the body’s progressive inability to process blood sugar. Normally, the body must produce insulin to move sugar into cells where it will be stored as a future energy source. In a Type 2 diabetic, fat, liver, and muscle cells develop insulin resistance leaving sugar to build up in the blood instead of getting stored and used appropriately.

One of the causes of insulin resistance is a high level of fat which makes it more difficult for the body to use insulin. Type 2 diabetics must manage their blood sugar level accordingly, designing a diet and exercise plan with their physician to reduce their blood sugar level. Losing weight may also help control blood sugar levels, but it will not reverse the condition.

According to the CDC, in 2002 diabetes was the sixth leading cause of death. In 2005 9.6% of all people over 20 years old had diabetes. As of 2010, the CDC estimated that 11.8% of all men and 10.8% of all women aged 20 years or older have diabetes. The numbers are on the rise. In 2011, the category of prediabetic was introduced. According to CDC research, If the reported 35% prediabetic population were to change their diet and activity level they might delay or even avoid this dangerous disease altogether.

Learn more about Diabetes from the CDC.

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