You or a loved one might already be living with diabetes, just like nearly 26 million Americans. Or maybe there was a recent diagnosis of diabetes. Perhaps you have diabetes but do not know it, as is the case for 7 million adults. Or you may be one of nearly 79 million adults aged 20 years or older who are considered pre-diabetic.
At any rate, it is important that you know the facts about how you can prevent this lifelong and serious – but manageable – medical condition.
There are several forms of Diabetes. Diabetes is caused as a result of the pancreas not producing enough insulin. In some cases, the pancreas does not produce any insulin at all.
Type 1 Diabetes. Individuals with Type 1 diabetes have a pancreas that is not producing any insulin. They will have to receive insulin for the rest of their lives. 5-10% of cases of diabetes are Type 1.
Type 2 Diabetes.