November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Abigail King, Rampage Reporter

November is Diabetes Awareness Month!

This month is dedicated to educating and bringing awareness to this disease. Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects the way the body regulates blood sugar. There are two main types of Diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2. These two are often confused for one another. It is important to have awareness of the disease, as well as knowing the difference between the two.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. This means that the body was fighting an infection, but was actually harming the immune system in the process. The immune system for Type 1 diabetics mistakenly destroys cells in the pancreas that create insulin. For someone with Type 1 diabetes, they cannot produce insulin and are dependent on insulin injections through needles or insulin pumps. Symptoms of Type 1 diabetes often develop fast, typically within several weeks and can be life threatening.

Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented and can be diagnosed in people of all ages.

Type 2 diabetes is a metabolism disorder. Thus, Type 2 diabetics are insulin resistant. Their bodies still produce insulin, but are unable to use it effectively. Symptoms of Type 2 diabetes can develop over the course of years. Prevention of Type 2 diabetes includes exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet, and watching their weight.

It is important to be aware of the symptoms of Diabetes. These symptoms include blurry vision, increased appetite and thirst, tiredness and weakness, unexplained weight loss, and frequent urination. If someone you know begins to show signs of these symptoms, they should see a doctor immediately.

There is research occurring to create an easier lifestyle for those with Diabetes, as well as help find a cure. One main organization to help with research is Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF).