Diabetes screening is important

On the last day of November, we wanted to make sure to sneak in a focus on diabetes. November is diabetes awareness month and with statistics of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes on the rise – education and awareness is needed. Allow us to shine some light on a growing problem in the U.S.

What is diabetes?

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Diabetics must check their blood sugar levels at all times.

You may have heard of diabetes, and most likely you know someone with diabetes, but that doesn’t mean that you understand what it is. Basically, diabetes is the body’s conflict with sugar. Diabetes means there are high levels of sugar in the blood. The body either naturally doesn’t produce enough insulin (type 1) OR the body has stopped producing insulin over time (type 2). Type 1 diabetes often occurs in those who are younger (also known as juvenile diabetes). Type 2 diabetes, the most common form, is onset with age – many times it’s due to genetic factors and/or obesity. Type 1 is irreversible and requires insulin therapy; type 2 may be monitored by a change in diet.

Understanding Insulin

Insulin is the key ingredient our bodies need to convert sugar into energy. It’s a hormone that comes from the pancreas and helps keep the blood glucose levels stable. When there’s not enough insulin production either because the body doesn’t produce it at all (type 1) or the body doesn’t produce it/ignores it (type 2), there will be too much sugar in the blood. Too much sugar in the blood can lead to kidney failure, nerve damage, problems with bones and joints, eye problems and more.

Do you have diabetes?

Thousands, if not millions of people have diabetes and they don’t know it. Many walk around with blood sugar levels that are life-threatening and unfortunately, they face many health problems because of it. Luckily, there is a test that determines if you have diabetes. You don’t even need insurance to get it. ARCpoint Labs offers diabetes screening and can run a series of tests to determine if you are diabetic or pre-diabetic. You don’t have to deal with the hassle of going to the doctor to order lab work, you can walk directly into our labs and request the test yourself.

If diabetes runs in your family, you’re overweight or you’re experiencing any signs or symptoms of diabetes, make sure to get screened. It really could save your life. Find the nearest ARCpoint Labs to you.

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  1. Screening is very important. It’s better to do it now then find out the hard way.

  2. It can be hard to understand diabetes, but you explained it very well. I do know several people who have one type or the other and it very much affects their lifestyle.

  3. Diabetes can be a very difficult condition. Getting screened can help keep it under control. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I have a cousin who got Type 1 diabetes when we were kids. I’ve seen the effects of the disease on him and his constant monitoring of his blood, and never wish that work and hassle on anyone.

  5. I had always heard about diabetes, and with Paula Dean, lately I’ve been hearing more and more. I’m so glad that someone took the time to explain what diabetes really is.

  6. I know many people who have diabetes. I agree that it’s commonly misunderstood. Thanks for helping to inform the public about it.

  7. Education about the way we eat is the most important, I think, to help spread awareness about diabetes. It’s estimated that 1 in 3 Americans will have diabetes by 2050, its time to start making some major changes.

  8. Diabetes can be really frustrating to have. Sometimes it helps just for people to understand what you’re going through. I think this article helps that.

  9. The difference between type 1 and type 2 is commonly misunderstood. Good job laying it out simply.

  10. I have heard about insulin forever, but I wasn’t entirely sure what it was. Thanks for the enlightenment!

  11. Many do not know that Type 2 can be reversible. A change in diet and some exercise can go a long way in preventing/lessening Type 2 Diabetes.

  12. If we continue to consume the foods we are eating now, it will lead to an overwhelming epidemic of diabetes. (It’s already really bad.) I understand that sometimes the disease cannot be prevented, but when you get diabetes because of your diet, it’s time for a change.

  13. I’m surprised at the number of people that have diabetes. It’s becoming more and more important to understand what people go through with that condition.

  14. I wonder if there’s a connection in the rise of diabetes and the rise of obesity in our country.

  15. Diabetes is an ever growing epidemic that can be prevented, thanks for the great information!

  16. This is great information to have on hand. Thanks for sharing!

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