We all know that diabetes is a growing epidemic in the United States, and there are even more people being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. So why aren’t we doing more to fight back? Well, according to this new study, a surprising number of us already have type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a condition where the body can’t properly use insulin, the hormone that regulates sugar in the blood.
Diabetes can be deadly. Most people are aware of type 1 diabetes, which is when the pancreas stops producing insulin. However, many people are unaware of the growing epidemic of type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is caused by insulin resistance and lack of physical activity. It’s estimated that nearly 1 in 3 adults in the United States have diabetes, and nearly 40% of people who are diagnosed with diabetes are undiagnosed. In addition, more than 90% of patients who are diagnosed with diabetes will eventually need insulin injections or pills. With the right diet, exercise, and medication, most patients can control their blood sugar levels and avoid the negative health consequences associated with uncontrolled diabetes.
The 4 key symptoms of type 2 diabetes are:
- Excessive thirst
- Frequent urination
- Increased hunger
They’re easy to recognize, and they can be signs of a serious health condition. Unfortunately, many people ignore these symptoms thinking that they’re simply caused by having too much fun. But, the truth is, diabetes can strike at any age, even while we’re still in our teens. So, we must pay attention to these symptoms. We must watch out for these signs in kids because that’s when we often discover that diabetes is in its early stages.
(For more diabetes blogs, check this article: What causes Type 2 Diabetes?)