Saturday, March 8, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
There are two kinds of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 is also known as juvenile diabetes and is usually diagnosed in childhood. It is the body's cells and the pancreas" inability to produce enough insulin. Type 2 diabetes is the body's inability to produce enough insulin for the body or the body is not making proper use of the insulin that is available.
Many studies and doctors have linked an increasing number of people being diagnosed with diabetes to obesity. Being overweight or obese can overtax the pancreas (the organ that produces insulin), which can lead to Type 2 diabetes. Being obese is a risk factor for diabetes but it does not mean you will develop the disease if you are obese. By losing weight and leading a healthier lifestyle you can gain control of this risk factor either by reducing it or eliminating it altogether.
There are other risk factors associated with Type 2 diabetes including age and race but of course there is no control over these factors. Studies have shown that over half of the people diagnosed with diabetes are considered clinically obese. People who are obese and work hard to lose weight can better manage their diabetes through diet or oral medications instead of insulin injections. Incorporating a healthy eating plan and regular physical activity will also help to manage the disease.
In addition to being at a higher risk for developing diabetes people who are obese are at an increased risk for other life-threatening diseases too. Namely heart and cardiovascular diseases, it is in an individual's best interest to maintain a healthy weight for their body type and health in order to reduce the risks to their health. Medical support is available through your health care provider if needed.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
- 4.9 million (an increase from 3.7 million in 2007), or 18.7% of all African Americans, aged 20 years or older, also have diabetes.
- African Americans are 1.8 times more likely to have diabetes as non Hispanic whites.
- 25 percent of African Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have diabetes.
- 1 in 4 African American women over 55 years of age has diabetes.
- African Americans are almost 50 percent as likely to develop diabetic retinopathy as non-Hispanic whites.
- African Americans are 2.6 to 5.6 times as likely to suffer from kidney disease with more than 4,000 new cases of End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) each year.
- African Americans are 2.7 times as likely to suffer from lower-limb amputations. Amputation rates are 1.4 to 2.7 times higher in men than women with diabetes.
- Heart disease and stroke account for about 65 percent of deaths in people with diabetes. Adults with diabetes have heart disease death rates about 2 to 4 times higher than adults without diabetes. The risk for stroke is 2 to 4 times higher and the risk of death from stroke is 2.8 times higher among people with diabetes.
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