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14 Facts for World Diabetes Day

14 Facts for World Diabetes Day

In honor of World Diabetes Day, we have gathered fourteen important facts about type 2 diabetes, to help our community raise awareness. Be sure to keep an eye out for the post of the day on Facebook and Twitter with new facts throughout the day using the hashtag #WDD. To help spread awareness, please feel free to like, share, retweet, and/or comment on any or all of these fourteen topics!

    1. Diabetes includes 3 main types of conditions: type 1 diabetes mellitus, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and gestational diabetes.
    2. Diabetes is a disorder of the metabolism, which includes how our body uses food we digest for growth & energy.
    3. Of the three main forms of diabetes, type 2 diabetes mellitus is by far the most common.
    4. Type 2 diabetes accounts for over 90% of diabetes cases.
    5. Almost 400 million people worldwide are affected by diabetes.
    6. Heredity plays a big role in type 2 diabetes – someone is 5-10 times more likely to get T2D if an immediate family member has it.
    7. With type 1 diabetes, the pancreas is unable to produce it’s own insulin; with type 2 diabetes, the body becomes resistant to insulin.
    8. Hemoglobin A1c  is useful for getting a picture of blood glucose levels over time.
    9. A1C results can be affected by abnormalities in rates of red blood cell survival.
    10. With type 2 diabetes, the body loses the ability to use the insulin it produces effectively.
    11. When we eat carbs, our digestive system breaks them down to blood sugars, also called glucose.
    12. Healthy eating, physical activity & medication are important factors for controlling blood glucose.
    13. You are not alone! There are millions of patients, caregivers, & healthcare pros facing the similar T2D challenges as you.
    14. There are more tools than ever before to help you monitor and control your blood glucose, including many smart phone apps.

There’s so much more to understand about type 2 diabetes beyond what we have in our list. Let us know in the comments below what stories you share to help spread awareness!