National Diabetes Month

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November is the National Diabetes Month; the time when every diabetic all over the U.S. come to celebrate and educate people about said disease.

The majority of people that do have diabetes have type two due to the extremely high level of obesity in the world. Contrary to popular belief, diabetes is not a childhood disease, it occurs at every age in people of every race and every size.

Type one diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body does not produce Insulin. This is because the body attacks the Insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. The body breaks down Carbohydrates you eat to create energy. In the body of a diabetic, it stores the sugar so they use insulin to help breakdown the sugars to create the lost energy, along with keeping too much sugar in the bloodstream.

Some symptoms include increased thirst, frequent urination, hunger, fatigue, blurred vision, nausea, fast heart rate, headaches, weight loss or gain, feeling of you might fall, shaky hands, and slurred speech. Some of these can occur when you are having a low or high blood sugar. As a diabetic, when I feel my sugar dose drop, I become upset or aggravated very easily. In addition, I get headaches and stomach pain.

No matter what type, diabetes is difficult to deal with day to day, but not impossible. We are just like you.

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