April is Defeat Diabetes Month. Diabetes is one of those chronic conditions that puts up a good fight, but you can hit back by learning more about it and making lifestyle changes to help prevent it from happening to you.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease that occurs when the pancreas fails to release sufficient insulin to the body or can’t use the insulin it produces. With insufficient insulin, blood sugar cannot move from the blood into cells to create energy. And as blood sugar remains in the blood over time, health problems, such as diabetes, emerge. The two most common types of diabetes are Type 1 and Type 2.
Prevention is possible with Type 2 diabetes and there are a number of steps you can to reduce the risk of developing diabetes:
- Get active
- East a balanced diet
- Drink more water
- Exercise regularly
- Manage your weight
While diabetes currently affects millions around the world, proper education and awareness can help prevent diabetes. If you have more questions about your risk factors, contact your primary care provider.