Type 2 diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions in the U.S. and in much of the world.
Currently, one in 10 Americans has diabetes. If present trends continue, one in three will suffer from the disease by the year 2050, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Type 1 diabetes–the form which rocker Bret Michaels has–is far less common.)
These numbers are alarming because Type 2 diabetes is a chronic, progressive and often debilitating disease. That means that there’s no cure, and it gets worse and worse over time unless it’s well managed. Fortunately, it is possible to manage Type 2 diabetes to avoid long-term damage, which I know, in part, from years of experience at managing the disease.
The American Diabetes Association created its Stop Diabetes program to raise awareness of the need to prevent, treat, and manage both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. November was National Diabetes Month in the U.S., but the need to Stop Diabetes continues. There’s a great amount of information about all aspects of the disease at the Stop Diabetes website.
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