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?
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.
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.