More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes and more than 84 million people over the age of 18 in the United States have pre-diabetes. In Georgia alone, more than one million people have diabetes and about 44,000 Georgians are diagnosed with diabetes every year. Those are staggering numbers. There are different types of diabetes including type 1, type 2, gestational, and others. There are different risk factors for each type. The most common form is type 2 diabetes. Being overweight, having certain health problems, and not very physically active can have a definite impact on your chances of getting type 2 diabetes.
Are You at Risk?
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and caused by several things including lifestyle factors. Family history of the disease and other factors also play a role in determining if a person will develop diabetes.
Do you know if you are at risk for type 1 or type 2 diabetes?
Take this quick Risk Assessment to find out.
The Truth about Diabetes
There is a lot of misinformation out there about diabetes, what causes it, what you should and should not eat if you have it, etc. The American Diabetes Association sets the record straight by providing truthful answers about Diabetes Myths.
Every year, November 14 is recognized as World Diabetes Day but every day is a chance to learn about diabetes, diabetes prevention, and how to manage diabetes if you have it. Sometimes, it all comes down to your ABCs.
For more information about diabetes, check out these websites:
American Diabetes Association
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (at the National Institutes of Health)