Diabetes: Part VI – Summary

Diabetes, both Type 1 and Type 2, is a chronic disease that affects your whole body and, quite possibly, your mind.


Diabetes affects your weight (Diabetes: Part II).


Diabetes affects your skin (Diabetes: Part III).


Diabetes affects your nerves (Diabetes: Part IV).


Diabetes affects your heart (Diabetes: Part V).


Diabetes also affects your kidneys, your teeth, your sight and has been related to sleep apnea (More Than Just a Relationship Breaker).


In the United States, the economic cost of diabetes is $174 billion a year.


In 2006 diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. People with diabetes have twice the risk of dying a people of similar age who do not have diabetes.


It’s estimated that 23.6 million people (or 7.8% of the population) have diabetes. In addition, data extrapolation suggests that at least 57 million American adults had prediabetes in 2007.


Prediabetes is a condition in which individuals have fasting blood sugar levels higher than normal (100 mg/dL), but not high enough to be classified as diabetes (200 mg/dL). People with prediabetes have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.




Diabetes is a serious disease. Get checked for it. Prevent it or postpone it by leading a healthy lifestyle.


Health – it’s about prevention.


Today is American Diabetes Alert Day.

Mary Lou Bernardo, PhD, MSN


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