What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or use insulin. When the body turns food into energy (also called sugar or glucose), insulin is released to help transport this energy to the cells. But, due to Diabetes, this glucose builds up in the blood stream and cells become starved for energy. This excess glucose may also harm the heart, kidneys, nerves and eyes over time.
There are Several Types of Diabetes:
Before people develop Type 2 Diabetes, they almost always have Prediabetes or Borderline Diabetes. This means that their blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as Diabetes.
But there is hope! Not everyone with Prediabetes will develop Type 2 Diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of Diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes can be caused by several factors. Some individuals with Type 2 can control their blood glucose by healthy eating and being active.
They may also need to take oral medications or insulin to keep their blood glucose level in a normal range.
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as Juvenile Diabetes. With Type 1 Diabetes, the body does not produce insulin.
With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy lives.
About ACT Now!
ACT Now! is a community campaign available in both English and Spanish speaking communities, to raise awareness about Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes as well as providing education about prevention for at risk individuals in Buncombe, McDowell and Madison counties.
Website information is available to all interested individuals. Programming is available to anyone with Prediabetes or Type 2 Diabetes in our community.
The vision of ACT Now! is to see a decline in the number of people with Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes in our community by empowering at risk individuals to make healthy lifestyle choices in order to improve their quality of life.
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