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      HealthWACH: The bitter truth behind sugar and Diabetes

      Healthwach: Diabetes

      COLUMBIA (WACH)

      With type 1 and type 2 diabetes on the rise, it is clear that Americans need to be more cautious about their daily sugar intake. Diabetes is usually classified as a disease that may potentially be treated with the right diet and exercise, but it can also lead to further diseases and health issues if not taken care of. Diabetes occurs when the blood sugar in a body is too high. With this being said, it is no wonder why 8.3% of the American population is battling this prevalent disease.

      TYPE 1 DIABETES: Type 1 is typically found in young adults and children and occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin. This can be monitored and treated through insulin injections as well diet and exercise.

      TYPE 2 DIABETES: The most common form of diabetes, type 2, occurs when the pancreas produces too much insulin then begins to not produce the proper amount that the body needs. To control blood glucose levels, it is essential that the blood sugar is frequently checked by a finger prick and a daily log of results. (www.diabetes.org)

      Most of the symptoms below can alert a person of early development diabetes; however, some symptoms are so mild they may go unnoticed. (www.diabetes.org)

      • Feeling hungry and thirsty often
      • Often urination
      • Weight loss
      • Blurred vision
      • Fatigue
      • Wounds that take time to heal
      • Numbness, pain or tingling sensation in hands or feet (type2)

      A healthy and active lifestyle is a fundamental element in diabetes prevention. A nutritious and balanced diet full of vegetables and fruits as well as a physically active lifestyle is the key ingredient to a lively body.