Overview and Statistics
Here is some additional diabetes information, including risk
factors for diabetes type 2. This information can help
you to figure out when you need to go to your doctor for a
Diabetes is a potentially serious disease, most commonly
people over the age of 40. This variation of the disease is called
diabetes type 2.
Diabetes is a chronic disease where your body is either
unable to produce insulin or it is not able to use the available
insulin. It's important to get the proper diabetes information in
order to control or prevent symptoms. Often there is plenty of
insulin (a hormone produced by the pancreas) in the body but there is
insulin resistance which means that for some reason, your body is not
able to use this hormone.
Insulin is required to convert starches, sugars and some
other types of food into energy to fuel your body. Without effective
insulin production and use, your blood sugar rises and causes many
Statistics in the U.S.
U.S. government statistics state that over 16 million
Americans are suffering from diabetes type 2. Almost 5.4
million of these people have no idea that they even have
this chronic disease. That's why information on diabetes
is so important. The symptoms of diabetes are easy to overlook
and meanwhile major damage may be occurring in your body.
In 1995, complications of diabetes accounted for 187,800
deaths and it was the seventh major cause of death in