Diabetes Type I is a type of diabetes that comes with a lot of misconceptions. Most people are aware that Type I is the body's inability to produce insulin. However, "contrary to popular belief, type 1 diabetes is not a childhood disease. It occurs at every age, in people of every race, and of every shape and size. In fact, there are more adults who have type 1 diabetes than children..." said the American Diabetes Association (ADA). And, Type I makes up about 5% of diagnosed diabetes cases today.
Type II diabetes, however, is must more common, and most often preventable or reversible with diet and exercise. "Without weight loss and exercise, prediabetes develops into full-blown type 2 diabetes in 15-30% of cases within 5 years," according to Medical News Today.
The Mercy Ministries (TMM) recognizes the diabetes epidemic in its own little corner of the world, and has chosen to take a holistic approach to treating it. We offer high quality healthcare, medications and free Diabetic Education classes in an effort to give our diabetes patients their best fighting chance against the disease. Also, we offer a Healthy Lifestyles class, focusing on diet and exercise, and a Smoking Cessation class, giving patients the tools they need to kick a habit that will only make them worse, not better.
In addition to that, once a patient is feeling better and is given the tools they need to take care of themselves, they hopefully feel so good they take either our Faith & Finances class or our Work Life class to learn how to manage their money, get a job with insurance and benefits, and hopefully keep a job!
See picture (left) of Mr. Beasley, who wrote his name on the TMM Win Wall for getting his blood sugar under control. He is just one of many patients at TMM who are reaching their health goals and changing their lives!
When individuals are healthier, families are healthier, and as a result, our whole community moves forward in a better direction! Helping people move forward and live up to their God-given identity is at the heart of TMM.
You are encouraged to find out if you are at risk for Type II diabetes so you may begin taking steps to prevent it now. Take this test.
Why should you want to know if you're at risk?
ADA Overall Numbers, Diabetes and Prediabetes:
Prevalence: In 2015, 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population, had diabetes.
Approximately 1.25 million American children and adults have type 1 diabetes.
Undiagnosed: Of the 30.3 million adults with diabetes, 23.1 million were diagnosed, and 7.2 million were undiagnosed.
Prevalence in Seniors: The percentage of Americans age 65 and older remains high, at 25.2%, or 12.0 million seniors (diagnosed and undiagnosed).
New Cases: 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.
Prediabetes: In 2015, 84.1 million Americans age 18 and older had prediabetes.
Deaths: Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2015, with 79,535 death certificates listing it as the underlying cause of death, and a total of 252,806 death certificates listing diabetes as an underlying or contributing cause of death
When someone in your life is diagnosed with diabetes, it comes with many stressors. One of them being finances. Expenses for diabetic medications and supplies can cripple a family.
To know more, visit the ADA webpage to find out how you can best treat and prevent diabetes and save your family the stress of an expensive disease!
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