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Diabetes affects more than thirty million adults in the United States alone, which is 9.4% of the total population. The findings of a study by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) show that another 84 million have “pre-diabetes” which tends to lead to full-blown diabetes within five years if left untreated.
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, there are essentially three types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational. Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes, which results when the cells become insulin resistant. In other words, the body can’t metabolize excess sugar in the blood because it doesn’t respond to the insulin. Type 1 is far less common, affecting approximately five percent of those diagnosed with diabetes. In Type 1 diabetics, the immune system actually destroys the specific cells located in the pancreas that produce insulin. Gestational diabetes is a temporary form of diabetes that occurs in some pregnant mothers, and can affect the mother and the baby.
The short answer is, scientists don’t fully know. Certain factors can increase a person’s risk for diabetes, but the exact cause is often unknown. Risk factors and contributing characteristics include genetics, insulin resistance, family history, lifestyle factors, environmental factors, viruses, genetic mutations, hormonal diseases, pancreatic damage or removal, and even certain types of medications.
Unfortunately, the nature of diabetes is that once it is diagnosed, the condition is considered permanent and cannot be cured; it can only be managed. The exception to this is gestational diabetes, which typically resolves once the baby is born; however, statistically, both mother and child may then find themselves at higher risk for developing diabetes later in life. Therefore, the CDC is making efforts to educate the public in order to make lifestyle changes that can lower one’s risk of developing diabetes.
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