Nearly 10 percent of the U.S. population has diabetes, report says
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
6/11/2014 (2 years ago)
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Unhealthy lifestyles have made a devastating impact on the American way of life. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 29.1 million Americans -- nearly ten percent of the U.S. population currently has type 2 diabetes. More than a quarter of those with diabetes, 27.8 percent are unaware that they are diabetic.
Does it seem like you urinate all day long? Urination becomes more frequent when there is too much glucose in the blood.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention's 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report, released this week, collected data from the years of 2009 through 2012, in addition to national surveys.
The condition has hit the collective American pocketbook hard. The CDC estimates that the direct and indirect costs of the disease have reached $245 billion, with direct medical costs making up 72 percent of that amount. People with type 2 diabetes incur medical costs on average 2.3 times higher than people without the disease.
Type 2 diabetes is caused by various factors that result in a heightened amount of blood sugar in the body. Type 1 diabetics do not produce enough insulin, a hormone integral to metabolizing blood sugars. In type 2, the body cannot use the insulin it makes. Diabetes can in the most severe cases result in serious complications including heart and kidney disease.
Common symptoms of Type 2 diabetes include frequent trips to the bathroom. Does it seem like you urinate all day long? Urination becomes more frequent when there is too much glucose in the blood. If insulin is nonexistent or ineffective, the kidneys can't filter glucose back to the blood.
Another sign may be an unquenchable thirst. If it feels like you can't get enough water and you're drinking much more than usual, it could be a sign of diabetes, especially if it seems to go hand in hand with frequent urination. If your body is pulling extra water out of your blood and you're running to the bathroom more, you will become dehydrated and feel the need to drink more to replace the water that you are losing.
Losing weight without trying is a symptom is more noticeable with Type 1 diabetes. In this case, the body desperately looks for an energy source because the cells aren't getting glucose. It starts to break down muscle tissue and fat for energy.
Weakness and Fatigue is also a common symptom. Glucose from the food we eat travels into the bloodstream where insulin is supposed to help it transition into the cells of our body.
Tingling or Numbness in Your Hands, Legs or Feet, called neuropathy occurs gradually over time as consistently high glucose in the blood damages the nervous system, particularly in the extremities.
Blurred vision, skin that is dry or itchy, frequent infections or cuts and bruises that take a long time to heal are also signs that something is amiss. These symptoms don't go away - if you recognize any of these, see your doctor immediately.
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