November 27, 2018
More than 100 million Americans are affected by diabetes, and an astounding number have no idea. Only one in four people with full blown diabetes are aware of their condition, and only one in 10 with prediabetes know they’re heading down a dangerous path. Aptly known as the silent killer because there are often no symptoms, unchecked diabetes causes numerous serious health complications; but there’s good news: Diabetes is largely preventable and treatable. In fact, people who effectively manage their diabetes can often reverse the condition, or at the very least, keep it from progressing.
Awareness is the first step to better health, and the simple lack of awareness when it comes to diabetes is by far the biggest challenge. Here are the six basic facts everyone should know about diabetes.
The main takeaway here is diabetes is a major problem for Americans, and too many people suffer from serious complications that could have been avoided if only they had been tested and took the necessary steps to manage their condition. Every 21 seconds, another person is diagnosed with diabetes, and right now, eight million people are unknowingly walking around with some form of the condition, mainly because they don’t know they’re at risk and haven’t seen a provider, like a NP, to get basic things like their blood sugar checked.
It’s time to stop this runaway train that has hijacked more 30 million Americans and threatens 70 million others. Better awareness and an easy test can tell you all you need to know. And if you are the one in three who have diabetes or prediabetes, simple lifestyle changes can literally save your life.