Type 2 Diabetes
If you suffer from diabetes you are not alone. Diabetes affects more than 29 million Americans and is one of the fastest growing long term diseases worldwide. The most common form of diabetes is Type 2 diabetes. Around 90% of people diagnosed with diabetes are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
In type 2 diabetes there is a problem within your body that causes the glucose (sugar) levels in your blood to rise higher than normal. This is also known as hyperglycemia. When there is too much glucose in the blood, it can cause damage to the blood vessels. This can lead to more life-threatening damage such as heart disease, kidney damage, nerve damage, stroke, and eye damage such as blindness. Due to the numerous short and long term complications that can occur, diabetes that is not properly treated and controlled can be very dangerous.
Education, diet and exercise play key roles in managing diabetes, however many find they need drug therapy in addition to these to help manage their disease. Monitoring your blood sugar regularly and keeping your diabetes under control may help reduce the risk of potential short and long term complications.