What is Diabetes?
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic health condition that causes blood glucose(sugar) levels in your body to become abnormally high. There are two different types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce insulin. People with type 1 are dependent on insulin injections to keep blood glucose at acceptable levels. In type 2 diabetes, the body does not use insulin properly. Insulin levels also start to decrease over time in type 2.
Type 2 diabetes is more common accounting for 90-95% of cases and affects roughly 1 in 10 Americans. Millions of Americans go undiagnosed or have the early stages of the disease, also known as pre-diabetes. Common symptoms of diabetes include frequent urination, feeling thirsty or hungry, extreme fatigue, blurry vision, and tingling or numbness in the hands and feet.