Diabetes impacts nearly 26 million Americans, and 90 to 95 percent of these people have type 2 diabetes. If you don’t have diabetes, you probably know someone who does. Diabetes affects the body’s ability to use blood sugar for energy, and can be divided into two main categories: type 1 and type 2.
Blood sugar control is an essential aspect of diabetes management, and it’s important to understand your blood sugar goals to best manage your diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is developed due to both genetics and lifestyle choices, including not making healthy food choices and lack of physical activity. Some people are at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes than others including:
People should contact their healthcare providers if they experience these symptoms. Some people may have type 2 diabetes without any symptoms, so it’s important to get regular blood tests, especially if you are at a higher risk for developing diabetes.
When your diabetes is not controlled properly and your blood sugar stays too high for a long time, it can damage blood vessels and nerves. This damage can affect many of the organ systems in your body and can raise your risk of complications, such as:
The good news is that it is possible to reduce the risk of complications of diabetes through careful management of your overall blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol.
To help reduce your risk of diabetes-related complications, talk with your diabetes healthcare team (primary care provider, endocrinologist and/or diabetes educator) about how to manage your ABCs – A1C, Blood pressure and Cholesterol.
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