November is National Diabetes Month, so I would like to share some information in honor of those who suffer from the disease.
Do you have diabetes or know someone who does? Perhaps you have family history of the disease or are at risk for the condition due to other factors.
According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of "diabetes" is:
But, what are these abnormal conditions? Diabetes comes in several forms, including:
In particular, "diabetes mellitus" is the condition in which the body has too much glucose in the blood due to insulin resistance.
Now that you know the different forms of diabetes, what predisposes you to developing the disease?
Several factors may make you more prone to develop diabetes. Mayo Clinic references these factors, but they are different depending on the form of diabetes.
Risk factors for type 1:
Risk factors for type 2:
Risk factors for gestational:
Other factors may affect your risk of developing diabetes as the exact cause of this disease isn't currently known. However, you aren't alone if you have diabetes, and this condition has several identifiable symptoms (see related post > "Diabetes Symptoms and Diagnosis" coming November 9th).
To see more information, view The American Diabetes Association's diabetes "infographics" here or look at "Statistics of Diabetes."
I hope that this post helps readers better understand what diabetes is, thereby prompting the exploration of medical diagnosis and treatment. Perhaps increased awareness will help those who suffer from this disease receive appropriate care and sympathy.
Which form of diabetes do you have?
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Blessings for diabetes awareness,
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