November is National Diabetes Month and The Center for Diabetes & Endocrine Care wants to share advice for those living with diabetes or those who have prediabetes and want to make healthy changes.

According to CDC, more than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or prediabetes. Most of us know that diabetes is a major health concern and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic autoimmune condition where the body’s immune system destroys the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas.  The pancreas no longer produces insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar.  The sugar remains in the blood and can subsequently cause serious damage to organ systems and lead to heart disease.  People afflicted with Type 1 diabetes have to pump or inject insulin into their bodies each day to regulate their blood sugar.  Type 1 diabetes is neither preventable nor curable.

Type 2 diabetes is more common, and is characterized by a high level of blood sugar (glucose), which comes mostly from the food a person eats.  Insulin helps the body use glucose for energy.  With Type 2 diabetes, the body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use it properly.  Too much glucose remains in the blood, potentially causing internal damage.  Fortunately, this type of diabetes can be managed and even prevented.

Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes include being overweight or obese, being physically inactive, and being genetically predisposed to it.  If you think you may have Type 2 diabetes, it’s important to be tested for it (a simple blood test will determine if you have it).  Symptoms to look for include increased hunger, thirst, and urination; feeling tired and having blurred vision; numbness or tingling in the feet or hands; and unexplained weight loss.  Symptoms can develop very slowly and be mild, making it more difficult to notice them.  Some people have no symptoms at all.

Type 2 diabetes — which accounts for about 95% of diabetic cases — has become a modern plague, leading to blindness, amputation, kidney failure and early death.

Easy Ways to Lower Blood Sugar Levels Naturally: 
● Avoid starchy carb intake – including gluten
● Eat this, Not that
● Combine it with Intermittent Fasting
● Liver Detox
● Choose Foods With a Low Glycemic Index

The Center for Diabetes and Endocrine Care (CDEC) is a state-of-the-art patient-centered medical facility, achieving excellence in endocrinology for over 45 years.

We can help! If you know someone that is unhappy with their diabetic care or that is still experiencing issues with their health, give us a call today at 954-963-7100.