Types of Diabetes and Symptoms

Statistics show that one in five Americans has prediabetes and millions are living with the disease without even knowing it. But fortunately there are organizations working to end that. Now, joining me this morning from the American Diabetes Association is Christina Bickley, and she’s joined by Sandy Burns, who has diabetes. Now, first of all, there is an event this weekend, the diabetes bike-a-thon. Sandy here is going to actually bike in it. But first, let’s learn a little bit about diabetes. Talk about the different types and how people are affected. There are several times of diabetes. We have there’s type one diabetes where you’re insulin dependent. Your body doesn’t produce insulin, and those people who have type one diabetes have to check their blood sugar levels very often and have insulin injections and watch what they eat and very specific on a diet, a well planned diet. And then there’s type 2 diabetes. And type 2 diabetes is where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin and it can be managed by proper diet and exercise and also some people do have to take medicines and some people also have to take insulin as well. And there’s gestational diabetes for those who are pregnant and so there’s different ways to manage it. And it’s very important to make sure that we educate people on the signs and symptoms and be cautious. Well, talk about those signs and symptoms. If people, you know, don’t know it’s in their family like it is in mine and don’t know about the signs and symptoms, tell them. Well, definitely there’s a lot of different things. Of course, if little in your family, definitely be cautious of what diabetes is. Blurry vision. Excessive thirst. Urinating a lot. There’s a lot of little things that people think that is just common, and then it could be a high risk concern. So definitely talk to your do about any little things that you constantly are concerned with and make sure that you let them know you have diabetes in your family and be tested. Now, people do live with this and they live well with it. Talk about your struggles and how you have coped with diabetes. Well, I take medications, but I also learned to finally exercise a lot more, which is really lost a little weight. I’ve taken less medication now. I still have to check my sugar level with a meter three times a day and watch what I eat and pay attention to what my body is telling me. And I can tell, get an idea whether I got a low sugar level or it’s getting real high and kind of pay attention to that. Now, you guys being a diabetic, can you say anything to people about the American diabetes association that maybe would entice them to come out this weekend for the event? Well, they really help. They have a lot of resources. They have recipes. They have they’ll teach you how to eat and how to fix food and what foods to avoid. They’ll tell you about the complications if you tend to ignore, which can lead to amputations and heart trouble and all kinds of things.

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