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How Sweet It Isn't: It's Diabetes Awareness Month

What will cause 35 million heart attacks, 13 million strokes, 6 million episodes of kidney failure, 8 million instances of blindness or eye surgery, 2 million amputations, and 62 million deaths in the next 30 years?*

Diabetes.

In observance of American Diabetes Month, Healthline wants you to know that diabetes is something you can live without. Diabetes is a group of diseases that wreaks havoc on virtually every important body system. It develops when the body mistakenly attacks the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin (type 1 diabetes), or when the pancreas gradually loses its ability to produce it (type 2 diabetes). Without insulin, glucose is shut out of cells, leaving them lifeless.

There is no way to prevent type 1 diabetes, but people who develop type 2 diabetes can make life-saving, lifestyle changes--eating a healthy diet, exercising, losing weight if overweight, controlling high blood pressure, managing high cholesterol, taking insulin or oral medications as directed.

Complications of Diabetes

By the way, 6.2 million people don’t know they have diabetes.

*Source: American Diabetes Association

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