Diabetes is a chronic disease that causes blood sugar levels to rise higher than normal. Diabetes affects more than 29 million people. A condition called prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. More than 84 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk of developing diabetes. Diabetes has no cure, but prediabetes can be reversed.
World Diabetes Day is observed on November 14
10 Facts about Diabetes which we don’t know:
- About one third of all people with diabetes do not know they have the disease.
2. Type 2 diabetes often does not have any symptoms.
3. Only about five percent of all people with diabetes have type 1 diabetes.
4. If you are at risk, type 2 diabetes can be prevented with moderate weight loss (10–15 pounds) and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity (such as .brisk walking) each day.
5. A meal plan for a person with diabetes isn’t very different than that which is recommended for people without diabetes.
6. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working-age adults.
7. People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop heart disease than someone without diabetes.
8. Good control of diabetes significantly reduces the risk of developing complications and prevents complications from getting worse.
9. Type 1 diabetes is characterized by a lack of insulin production and type 2 diabetes results from the body’s ineffective use of insulin.
10. Diabetes costs $174 billion annually, including $116 billion in direct medical expenses.