November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.

 

We here at UME would like to provide tools you need to decrease your risk and help manage your diabetes.

In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. The body breaks down the carbohydrates you eat into blood sugar that it uses for energy- and insulin is a hormone that the body needs to get glucose from the bloodstream into the cells of the body. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, everyone can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy lives.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. It means that your body doesn’t use insulin properly. A key part of managing type 2 diabetes is maintaining a healthy diet that consist of less sugar, salt, and eating three meals a day. Exercise frequently, take your medications and monitor your blood sugar.

Remember this is a condition that can be managed. By living a healthy lifestyle, you can live a normal life and do everything you set out to do.

For more information and to take a 60-second Type 2 diabetes risk test go to: diabetes.org