American Diabetes Alert Day

The fourth Tuesday in March is Diabetes Alert day. The goal of the American Diabetic Association (ADA) is to educate the public, advocate for research and publish the findings (ADA, 2022). The website offers information on conditions, diet and nutrition.

Diabetes (formerly known as diabetes mellitus) is a condition in which the body is not able to use blood sugar as energy, due either to having too little insulin or being unable to use available insulin (ADA, 2022) There are two types of diabetic conditions, type 1 and type 2.

Type 1 diabetes is a condition in which the pancreas makes little or no insulin. Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which the pancreas does not make enough insulin or is unable to effectively use the insulin it makes to convert blood glucose to energy. Type 2 diabetes is less severe than type 1 diabetes, and can be controlled through weight loss, medications (which may include insulin injections), exercise and diet (ADA, 2022). Many who develop diabetes as an adult have type 2.

The lab test hemoglobin A1C is a measurement of your blood sugar for the last three months. This lab test can identify individuals that maybe per-diabetic if the results are between 5.7% and 6.4% (Yuen, 2017). Normal is less than 5. 7%.

Diabetes is increasing in alarming rates all over the world. This maybe due to change in eating habits and lack of physical exercise, especially in children.

Now that you have the information, it is up to you to change your outcome especially if you are a per-diabetic. Change your diet and exercise. Heed to the warning, the results of diabetes can be catastrophic. You can lose a limb, (leg or foot), your vision, kidney function, that results in dialysis or have a stroke or a heart attack. These issues are life threatening and should be taken seriously and will change your quality of life.

Watch you diet and find some type of exercise you enjoy. Your well being and health depend on it. If you do not have the will to make these changes for yourself, think of how this could impact your family if you had a stroke, heart attack, become blind or become a dialysis patient.

Just keeping you informed!

Reference

American Diabetes Association. (2022). https://www.whathealth.com/organizations/a/amdiabetesasc-us.html

Yuen, A. (2017). How reliable is the Hemoglobin A1C. https://www.clinicalcorrelations.org/2017/04/06/how-reliable-is-hemoglobin-a1c/

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Published by Dr. Marilyn Crosby, PhD, MBA, MSN RN

I am an registered nurse with a variety of nursing experience in many areas of healthcare, including critical care, research, program management, quality, and complementary care. I have a passion for "all things related to health & wellness" and want to share pertinent information. Stay Well!

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