COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Millions of Americans are affected by the disease.
Dr. Paula Walker from Columbus State University is here to talk to us about diabetes.
The hormone insulin is responsible for regulating sugar levels. Diabetes is an auto-immune disease that affects insulin production. Either the body is not able to produce enough insulin, or it cannot effectively use the insulin that it does produce.
Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, typically occurs in younger people. The part of the body that produces insulin is destroyed, so you have to take insulin shots instead. 90% of people with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes, which is caused by insulin insensitivity. The body is not able to produce enough insulin that it can use.
As the holidays come around, sweet temptations will be everywhere. Even so, stay true to your insulin regimen. Eat healthy the majority of the time and eat sweets only occasionally and in moderation.