November is American Diabetes MonthFrom the Desk of Dr. Antonucci
Nov. 23, 2022
More than 37 million Americans are living with diabetes
At Lee Health, we have a team of experts and a variety of programs to help people living with diabetes find support and learn how to manage and treat their condition so they can lead healthier lives.
Diabetes is a chronic health condition that occurs when the body cannot produce or respond appropriately to insulin, a hormone that absorbs and uses glucose (sugar) as fuel for cells. Over time, too much glucose in the bloodstream can cause serious health problems like heart disease, vision loss and kidney disease. The condition affects millions of Americans each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 37 million Americans – about 1 in 10 – have diabetes and about 1 in 5 people with diabetes don’t know they have it.
There are three main types of diabetes:
- Type 1 – This is an autoimmune disease, and the body is insulin-dependent.
- Type 2 – With type 2 diabetes, the body doesn’t make enough insulin or the body’s cells don’t respond normally to the insulin. Approximately 90-95% of people living with diabetes have type 2.
- Gestational diabetes – This type of diabetes develops in some women during pregnancy and usually goes away after pregnancy.
Prediabetes, or a higher-than-normal blood glucose level, also is prevalent in the United States. According to the American Diabetes Association, 1 in 3 Americans has prediabetes. Without lifestyle changes, approximately 15 to 30 percent of people living with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.
Help is available to lower your risk of developing diabetes, or if you are already living with diabetes, you can manage your condition and lead a healthy lifestyle. The Lee Health programs to help you treat and manage your condition include:
- Diabetes Prevention: For people diagnosed with prediabetes
- Diabetes Self-Management: For people diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes
- Pregnancy and Diabetes: For women who have diabetes and become pregnant or are diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
Courses are offered in-person and online in the mornings, afternoons and evenings. One-on-one appointments also are available. Call 239-424-3127 to register for the program that fits your needs. For more information about diabetes and the ways that Lee Health can help you manage your condition and lead a healthy lifestyle, search Diabetes Management Center at www.LeeHealth.org.