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November is National Diabetes Month, a time when communities across the country seek to bring attention to diabetes. This year’s focus is on taking action to prevent diabetes health problems.
Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. It affects about 37 million Americans, including adults and youth. Diabetes can damage the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and heart, and it is linked to some types of cancer.
But there’s also good news: Taking charge of your health may help you prevent diabetes health problems.
Prediabetes Prediabetes is when your blood glucose levels are elevated, but are not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. Although 86 million American adults have prediabetes, only 1 in 10 know they have it.
Type 2 Diabetes The most common form of diabetes, type 2 diabetes occurs when your body makes insulin, but the insulin can't do its job, so glucose is not getting into the cells. Most people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. About 8.1 million people with diabetes do not know they have the disease.
Type 1 Diabetes Type 1 diabetes is commonly diagnosed in children and young adults, but it's a lifelong condition. If you have this type of diabetes, your body does not make insulin, so you must take insulin every day.
Gestational Diabetes Gestational diabetes occurs when a woman is pregnant. This type of diabetes is caused by a change in the way a woman's body responds to the hormone insulin during her pregnancy. This change results in elevated levels of blood glucose. A woman who has gestational diabetes during pregnancy is at greater risk for type 2 diabetes later.Learn more
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