What is Diabetes?

Halloween is this week! The one holiday when it is acceptable to take candy from strangers.

Candy is a wonderful treat from time to time, but be aware that consuming candy, (or anything high in sugar) in large quantities could contribute to Type 2 diabetes. Carbohydrates and sugar are recognized in the body as glucose. The body produces insulin to turn the glucose into energy. People with Type 2 diabetes cannot produce enough insulin to rid the body of glucose and the blood glucose or “blood sugar” level remains high.

Research suggests that the correlation between Type 2 diabetes, physical inactivity, and obesity is strong. Choose your foods carefully and understand that sugar and carbohydrates when eaten in excess can hinder the body’s ability to get rid of the glucose. Persistently high glucose levels can manifest in blurred vision, slow healing cuts, unusual thirst, and rapid weight loss.

Check your blood sugar if you suspect that you have diabetes. This can be done at your next doctor appointment, or with a glucose meter and test strips. Tips to reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes include: exercise daily, make healthy food choices, increase fiber intake, decrease portion sizes, limit intake of concentrated sweets (Halloween candy!), and test your blood sugar throughout the day. These tips are also especially useful if you already have diabetes.

Enjoy the holiday this week, but keep your health in mind when unwrapping your favorite candy bars and other sugary sweets. Diabetes is one scary disease!

See the attached article for more details on both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes:

Click here:  What is Diabetes?

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