The prevalence of diabetes is rising at an alarming rate, and it’s not just impacting adults. It can start at a young age, making the lives of our children more complicated than it already is. This is a condition you don’t want to develop as it usually requires frequent monitoring and management, and of course, because it can be life-threatening. That’s why November has been dedicated to raising awareness about this disease as part of American Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes is a big deal.
The CDC reports that in the last 10 years, the incidence of Type 2 diabetes has increased by 58%. That is a startling fact. Statistically speaking, one in every three adults will develop some form of diabetes within their lifetime if current trends continue. For this reason, AFC Urgent Care New Bedford is encouraging everyone to get their blood sugar levels checked in time for the holidays.
Now, let’s take a look at Diabetes, what it is, what the different types look like, and how to prevent it altogether!
Diabetes Is On The Rise...
The number of people living with diabetes has increased over the last 20 years in the U.S. The numbers don’t lie. Every year there is updated information on the disease and people affected by diabetes and its different types. A recent study on Diabetes in the United States from the CDC shows that:
37.3 million people have diabetes
84.1 million adults aged 18 years or older have prediabetes (This is approximately one third of the U.S Population)
23.1 million adults aged 65 years or older have prediabetes
Looking at these numbers can be alarming (!), especially when we consider the population who have prediabetes. People with prediabetes often have elevated blood sugar levels, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. You or your loved ones may fit that population of being prediabetic and therefore it is important to get your blood sugar levels checked regularly as diabetes can affect anyone at any age.
Types of Diabetes to Avoid
There are two main types of diabetes, although there are smaller subcategories as well the main ones are type 1 and type 2. Both types of diabetes affect the way your body breaks down sugars from carbohydrates.
People with type 1 diabetes don’t produce any insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps your body break down sugars and store energy.
People with type 2 diabetes don’t produce enough insulin, or their bodies don’t process it properly. This can lead to high blood sugar, which can leave you feeling unwell. People with type 1 diabetes need to take insulin, usually by injection. Type 2 diabetes can be treated or even reversed with lifestyle changes.
Don’t Forget Gestational Diabetes and Prediabetes!
Gestational Diabetes can affect both the mother and child during and after pregnancy. During the final trimester a woman is at risk of developing gestational diabetes due to an increase in hormones. It’s important during this time to make sure you protect your newborn from developing diabetes by managing it with a doctor beforehand. If you do get gestational diabetes, you still have a chance to prevent yourself from developing type 2 diabetes down the road. In addition, protecting your child now will prevent them from developing diabetes early on in their lives as well.
Lastly, for all of you who think you’re in the clear, you still need to consider prediabetes, as this stage is often the most preventable out of all of the other types. Did you know that 1 and 4 Americans have prediabetes? And then their individuals who are not even aware that they have it. This is dangerous territory. If you are feeling off, don’t delay paying attention to your health and please don’t avoid getting a checkup. A simple a1c test can help you stay on track.
3 Tips to Manage Diabetes and Stay Healthy
Eat a healthy diet - A healthy diet can help you control your blood sugar levels and reduce your risk of developing other health conditions.
Exercise regularly - Regular exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight, reduce your blood pressure, and lower your cholesterol levels—all of which are important for managing diabetes.
Get enough sleep - Sleep is important for managing a chronic condition like diabetes. It can help reduce stress and improve your mood, which can make it easier to cope with the challenges of having a chronic condition.
AFC Urgent Care New Bedford Offers Routine Blood Work for Diabetes
When was the last time you got your blood sugar levels checked? If you have to think hard about it, then chances are it’s been a while. AFC Urgent Care New Bedford can help with routine blood work for diabetes any day of the week.
We are open 7 days a week with extended hours on the weekdays from 8 am to 8 pm, weekend hours from 8 am to 5 pm. You can walk-in or make an appointment today!