Though diabetes is such a common disease, affecting over 422 million people worldwide, it is also one of the most misunderstood conditions. Here are 5 interesting facts about diabetes that you might not know:
- About 1/3 of people who have diabetes do not even know they have the disease. If you experience any of the common symptoms, be sure to see a doctor.
- Type 2 diabetes can be prevented before it begins by losing 10 to 15 pounds and doing 30 minutes of exercise a day. Prediabetes is defined as having A1C levels between 5.7 and 6.4, and fasting plasma glucose level of 126 or higher, and/or having several risk factors and high blood pressure.
- Type 2 diabetes is not just about weight. There are several factors that can cause Type 2, such as genetics and the natural rise in blood sugar as we age.
- People with diabetes are 2 to 3 times more likely to suffer depression. The stresses of dealing with a chronic disease can lead to burnout, stress, and feelings of desperation.
- Fat can be a good thing. New research shows that a diet high in healthy fats and low in carbs is good for those with diabetes.
Each body deals with diabetes differently, so do some exploring to find the right diet and treatments for you. Doctors and researchers are still finding out more about diabetes every day. If you have diabetes or prediabetes, develop a plan with your doctor, steer clear of processed carbs and sugars, and exercise as much as you can.