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Diabetes Awareness Month

by Yes Health Team

November is Diabetes Awareness Month!

You may have seen the true blue diabetes awareness ribbons popping up online and in person, and that means it’s the start of November diabetes awareness month.

At YesHealth, we believe it’s important to bring the necessary information, diabetes education, and diabetes advocacy for the millions of people at risk to the diabetes epidemic. Until there’s a cure, we’re going to have to continue teaming up with communities across the world during diabetes awareness month to combat this disease.

Our diabetes awareness month 2020 article is going to cover: what causes diabetes, the statistics of diabetes worldwide, and, healthy practices for diabetics and the general public.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that appears when your blood sugar level, or glucose level, is too high. When you aren’t able to transfer glucose from your blood to your cells, the glucose stays in your bloodstream, leading to higher glucose levels. Over time, too much glucose in your bloodstream can lead to a number of health issues and complications.

It’s important to note that diabetes is on the rise worldwide. The World Health Organization recently pointed out that 422 million people around the world have diabetes; that’s 1 in 11 people. 

So what’s the deal with insulin?

  • Insulin is a hormone that helps transfer glucose from your bloodstream to your cells in order to be used for energy.
  • When you’re not able to produce a sufficient amount of insulin, sometimes no insulin, your body is unable to make the necessary glucose transfer to your cells. 

Type 1 vs. Type 2 Diabetes

  • Prediabetes – Prediabetes is the middle ground between normal blood sugar levels and type 2 diabetes blood sugar levels. Being prediabetic will increase the likelihood of having type 2 diabetes, a stroke, and heart disease. In the US alone, 88 million people, that’s almost 1 out of 3 people, have prediabetes, and 9 out of 10 of those people don’t know they are prediabetic. 
  • Type 1 – While type 1 diabetes is more common with children and young adults, it can occur at any age. With type 1 diabetes, your body is unable to make insulin at all because your immune system is attacking the cells that make insulin. Individuals with type 1 diabetes must take insulin shots every day as part of their diabetes care. 
  • Type 2 – Type 2 diabetes typically occurs later in life and is more common of the two types. With type 2 diabetes, your body is able to produce insulin, just not as efficiently as it should. While less threatening than type 1, type 2 diabetes still requires diabetes care and can lead to health complications in several parts of the body. 

So what?

Complications of diabetes and comorbidities of diabetes: 

  • Blindness 
  • Kidney failure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Loss of toes, legs, and feet
  • Nerve damage
  • Limb removal

Ways to help prevent and live with diabetes:

  • Healthy diet
  • Exercise
  • Medication
  • Weight loss
  • Speak to a certified diabetes educator
  • Healthy snacks for diabetes

Diabetes Symptoms

  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Unquenchable thirst
  • Sudden and unexplained weight loss
  • Hunger
  • Blurry vision
  • Numb or tingling hands and feet
  • Fatigue
  • More infections than usual

Diabetes Statistics

Here are some other important and revealing diabetes stats:

  • 15-30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years
  • Diabetes weight loss by eating healthy and exercise can cut your risk of getting diabetes in half
  • 1 in 3 people with diabetes are overweight
  • 1 in 10 people with diabetes are obese
  • 22% of Americans don’t realize they have diabetes until it’s in its advanced stages
  • Between 1990 and 2015, diabetes rates nearly tripled in the US in both number and percentage

What does diabetes teach us?

Diabetes education, diabetes awareness, and diabetes advocacy are crucial in an effort to combat this disease. As if you needed more reasons to eat healthy, exercise, and live a healthy lifestyle, diabetes prevention is certainly one of the most direct reasons why people should be focusing on their health. 

Out of the fight against diabetes, several diabetes weight loss plans, diabete weight loss diets, and exercises for diabetes were popularized and became great options for people simply looking to live a healthier life. 

The question of “does diabetes cause weight loss?” really has two answers in this case, and they’re both yes. While diabetes causes unwanted weight loss, it’s led millions of people across the world to focus on their lifestyle decisions to actively lose weight. 

Ways to get involved:

  • Donate
  • Diabetes awareness runs (some are virtual this year)
  • Become aware of the issue
  • Spread information about diabetes on social media
  • Read and talk about diabetes

YesHealth’s Diabetes Prevention Program

  • Healthy meal plans
  • Healthy snacks
  • Exercise regimen
  • Constant support from coaches and nutritionists
  • Easy health tracking
  • Personalized plans made just for you
  • YesHealth is free for some health plans
    • For Blue Shield of California members
    • For everyone else
    • If you don’t qualify for Yes Health for free.
  • In-the-moment coaching
  • Easy-to-use app that you can access from the comfort of your phone
  • Motivation and inspiration for health and exercise professionals

At YesHealth, we take pride in spreading awareness about diseases like diabetes that affect hundreds of millions of people every single year. 

With our personalized, revolutionary program that takes a no-short-cuts attitude, we’re dedicated to helping you reach your goals at your pace. We bring more than just health advice, we bring a community of dedicated healthy-living specialists. 

Try YesHealth today, and say yes to your health and to a future free from chronic diseases like diabetes.

Remember to consult with your physician or healthcare provider if you have any questions, or experience any discomfort when engaging in any physical or strenuous activity.

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