November is Diabetes Awareness Month, a time to focus on educating people of all ages about the causes and symptoms of diabetes, and about how to reduce the chance of developing the disease. At Newton Village, the effort to help residents, families, and community members understand the ins and outs of diabetes is important for improving the health and lives of those who may be affected by it.
Type 1 diabetes is a condition where a person's immune system attacks the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. People with no insulin have to take it every day, usually by injection. Type 1 usually develops in younger people, but it can occur at any age. It's not preventable, nor is it curable.
Type 2 diabetes is a condition where the body doesn't make enough insulin, or it doesn't utilize insulin correctly. Type 2 diabetes has been linked with heart disease and stroke. 95% of people with diabetes have type 2.
Diabetes is currently the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. Over 30 million Americans over age 18 have diabetes, and almost 1/4 of them don't realize it. The risk of developing diabetes increases with age, so it's important for older citizens to be tested for it (a simple blood test). Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include excess body fat, high blood pressure and/or cholesterol, a genetic link, and being older. It's estimated that over 25% of people age 65 or older are living with diabetes.
Adults with type 2 diabetes are almost twice as likely to die from heart disease or stroke than people without diabetes. There are things you can do to reduce your chance of developing diabetes, including quitting smoking, managing blood pressure and cholesterol levels, maintaining a healthy lifestyle (managing weight and stress, and being physically active), and taking medications prescribed by your doctor.
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110 N. 5th Avenue W
Newton, Iowa 50208