Diabetes is a disease that occurs when one’s body has an impaired ability to produce insulin. Without the insulin to break down the glucose, it begins to build up in the blood stream. Untreated, this build up of glucose can cause heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and extremity amputation. These effects are what makes diabetes the 7th leading cause of death in the United States, killing more per year than AIDS and breast cancer combined. 1 in 11 Americans lives with diabetes. 3 in 11 Americans are at risk of developing diabetes.
There are two different types of Diabetes, types 1 and 2. Type 1 Diabetes has been called juvenile diabetes before because it usually occurs early in one’s life. People with type 1 diabetes are usually dependent on insulin injection or other therapies in order to survive. Type 1 diabetes makes up 5-10% of the existing Diabetic community. Unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 can be prevented by your lifestyle choices. Type 2 is caused later in life from an inactive lifestyle.
The American Diabetes Association was founded in 1995 to help fund research for Diabetes and improve those that are affected by it’s life. They help the Diabetic community by:
- Providing credible information
- Giving voices to those discriminated against
- Research new ways to prevent, manage and possibly cure Diabetes
Their theme this year is This is Diabetes. They are showcasing stories of people that challenge the limitations they have and overcome them. Help spread awareness by using #ThisIsDiabetes to share your story or the information on their webpage.