November is American Diabetes Month. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), one in five of the people in the United States who has diabetes are not aware that they have it. Throughout the month of November, we are bringing awareness to what life with diabetes is really like.
The two most common types of diabetes is Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes is a genetic autoimmune disorder that usually begins before adulthood, where the immune system destroys cells within the body that make insulin. Type 2 Diabetes usually begins in middle age and occurs when the body isn’t able to use insulin properly to regulate blood sugar. Type 2 is also caused by genetics but also by lifestyle habits.
To help spread awareness of Diabetes this month, you can educate yourself and those around you on diabetes.