Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases that affects an individual’s blood glucose levels. Today, roughly 29.1 million Americans are living with diabetes, accounting for 9.3% of the total U.S. population. While there is currently no cure for diabetes, regularly monitoring your glucose levels can help you to take the necessary steps in regulating your blood sugar and live a healthy life. Here are the Top 5 Reasons to Monitor Your Blood Sugar:
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What is Type 1 Diabetes?
Diabetes mellitus type 1 (also known as type 1 diabetes, or T1D; formerly known as insulin-dependent diabetes or juvenile diabetes) is a metabolic disease. It occurs when the immune system destroys beta cells in the pancreas. Beta cells produce a hormone called insulin. This hormone is needed to allow sugar (glucose) to enter cells in order to produce energy. Only 5% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease. Type 1 is more common among white people than in African Americans. Women and men are affected equally. Although the disease typically starts in individuals under the age of 20, it can occur at any stage of life.
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Diabetes affects almost 26 million people in the United States - a whopping 8.3% of the national population - so chances are you’ve known someone affected by the disease. Whether you personally have diabetes, care for someone with diabetes, or just want to stay informed, read on to get quick, important and potentially life-saving information on diabetes.