November is Diabetes Awareness Month

December 8, 2022

More than 11% of the U.S. population has diabetes, a condition that affects how your body turns food into energy. Your body breaks down most of the food that you eat into sugar and releases it into your bloodstream. When your blood sugar goes up, it signals your pancreas to release insulin. There are two main types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar, or glucose. There’s no cure for diabetes, but exercise, a healthy diet and staying active can help. Be sure to take prescribed medications and attend doctor’s appointments.

(Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)