Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects millions of Americans. It is a leading cause of disability and death in the United States. November is American Diabetes Month, and it commences a time to take action together as a community. Because together, we can conquer this disease and stand greater than diabetes.
Types of Diabetes
The energy our body uses for fuel comes from the sugar (glucose) we consume. For this process to happen, our cells must be “unlocked” before the sugar can enter the cells. Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas that serves as a gatekeeper, providing the key that unlocks cells. With diabetes, the insulin “key” is broken. This means the body does not make enough insulin to keep up with the demand or resist insulin’s effects. Both result in abnormally high blood sugar levels.
The major types of diabetes are:
- Type 1 Diabetes:
- An autoimmune disorder where the immune system destroys cells within the body that make insulin.
- Type 2 Diabetes:
- A disease where the body isn’t able to use insulin properly to regulate blood sugar.
- Gestational Diabetes:
- A condition that is similar to T2D, which occurs during pregnancy in which the body doesn’t use insulin properly.
The Big Step Up Against Diabetes
Uncontrolled blood sugar levels from diabetes puts people at risk for nerve damage, cardiovascular disease, foot and limb injuries, vision problems, and other complications. That’s why understanding diabetes and how to manage it is more important than ever. Now’s the time to take your health into your own hands through awareness, detection, management, and learning to thrive despite your diabetes. You can join in #TheBigStepUp against diabetes movement by joining one of the many events this month or by:
- Finding out your diabetes risk by taking an online risk test
- Make healthier lifestyle changes
- Utilizing online support tools to learn more about diabetes, how to better manage it, and connect with other individuals living with diabetes.
- Donating to support ongoing research and the lifesaving mission to end diabetes
Every 21 seconds, someone receives a diagnosis of diabetes. Fundraising efforts during this month provide critical resources for diabetes research that helps improve the lives of all people living with this condition. You can join in the efforts to advance treatments for diabetes by participating in clinical research studies.
Charlottesville Medical Research is looking for individuals with type 2 diabetes to join enrolling studies looking into potential new options. Call us today for details at (434) 817-2442 or go to our website.