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by Jerome Princy (2020-02-29)

Diabetes is the 6th leading StrictionD Review cause of death in the US. When diabetes is left untreated it often leads to many other health complications. If you or someone you care about has been recently diagnosed with diabetes, this article will give you some foundational information to help you learn what you can do to keep this disease from deteriorating your quality of life. Diabetes is a disease that affects your body's insulin levels, and therefore your blood sugar levels. Insulin is created by our bodies to help carry sugar to the cells and it leaves a little left in the blood stream as a backup supply. People with diabetes have issues with their insulin and blood sugar levels (called "glucose"). Diabetics' bodies can't maintain a normal, safe blood sugar level because their insulin doesn't work properly. We still don't understand all the reasons why people get diabetes. Often diabetes runs in families and certain ethnic groups. People at risk for diabetes are those who have family history of the disease or are members of some ethnic groups such as African American, Hispanic, Native American including Alaskan, Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans. People who are obese (BMI over 30) or who are not physically active are also at risk. Women who developed gestational diabetes or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds may also have increased risk for developing diabetes later in life. Other risk factors are age and high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The older you get the greater your risk for diabetes. Some people have higher than normal glucose levels but they don't have diabetes. These people may be categorized as pre-diabetic because they have a warning signal that there is a potential for diabetes. The warning signal is a higher than normal blood sugar level. You can test your blood sugar with a simple over-the-counter glucometer or by having a fasting blood sugar test performed at your local hospital or doctor's office.