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November is National Diabetes Month
November is National Diabetes Month, a time when communities across the country team up to bring attention to the link between diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Diabetes is a rapidly growing, serious, and complex disease that is a source of fear and worry for many individuals, but understanding the disease and learning how to protect yourself is a great start to defending yourself from letting it control your life with nutrition and Exercise.

What Is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a group of diseases that results in the body not producing enough insulin becoming resistant, thus causing increased levels of glucose in the blood. Everything about diabetes is circumstantial and dependent on a variety of factors from genetic to environmental, so it is important to understand the different types of diabetes and how they may fit into your life. The most common risk factors for diabetes are: obesity, lack of physical activity, family history of diabetes, unhealthy diet, getting older, and a history of gestational diabetes.

So what actually causes diabetes? We know that high glucose is a result of low or no insulin production, but what is insulin and where does it come from?

Insulin is a vital hormone made in your pancreas that is required for our digestive systems to process sugar. Whenever we eat, cells in our pancreas release insulin to either absorb sugar for immediate use or to store the glucose (sugar) found in our blood. Insulin effectively transports the excess glucose to our liver for storage and is released if our blood sugar drops below the normal level; therefore, without insulin production the glucose has no way to regulate itself and builds up in the body, causing a myriad of short- and long-term issues.

Adults with diabetes are nearly twice as likely to die from heart disease or stroke as people without diabetes. This is because over time, high blood glucose from diabetes can damage your blood vessels and the nerves that control your heart. The good news is that the steps you take to manage your diabetes can also help lower your chances of having heart disease or a stroke:

  • Stop smoking or using other tobacco products.

  • Manage blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

  • Develop or maintain healthy lifestyle habits - be more physically active and learn ways to manage stress.

  • Call Fitness and Wellness Director, Mary Lou Schell for more information at 858-759-6075!
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