Learning About Diabetes

Diabetes affects 25 million children, adults and seniors in America, according to the American Diabetes Association. While a little more than 18 million diagnosed, 7 million people are still out there every day, unaware of their condition and how to manage it. And with 1 in 4 US residents aged 65 and older dealing with diabetes, it’s a particularly important elder care topic. If not held in check, diabetes can cause kidney failure, heart disease, and stroke. The key to managing diabetes is through a careful combination of self-managed and team-based care program like BrightStar Clinical Pathways for Diabetes.

Generally, diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body’s ability to produce and/or use insulin. Today, we’re exploring the three types of diabetes.

What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Diabetes is an issue with your body that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. Also known as hyperglycemia, Type 2 Diabetes it the most common form of diabetes. With type 2, your body does use insulin properly.

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is most often diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body doesn’t produce insulin, which is a hormone that’s needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.

What is Gestational Diabetes?

During pregnancy, usually around the 24th week, many women develop gestational diabetes. This doesn’t mean you had diabetes before you conceived, or that you will have it after giving birth. But it’s important to follow your doctor’s advice regarding blood glucose levels while you’re planning your pregnancy, so you and your baby achieve optimal health.

For more information on how to better manage your diabetes or that of an elderly loved one, BrightStar can help. Click here to contact our local team for more information.

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