Type 2 Diabetes
“Nearly 26 million Americans suffer from diabetes, and a third of those don’t even realize it,” said Carol Inkrott, dietitian and certified diabetes educator at Wooster Community Hospital. Another 79 million have prediabetes, a condition that not only puts them at risk of developing full-blown diabetes but also signifies that damage to blood vessels and nerves has already begun.
Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a disease in which the body cannot regulate the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Glucose is necessary in order to have the energy to perform daily activities, but too much glucose causes complications. The blood glucose level is regulated by a hormone called insulin. People with diabetes either do not produce enough insulin (Type 1 diabetes) or cannot use insulin properly (Type 2 diabetes).
Diabetes-related complications include: