November is Diabetes Awareness Month. To kick off this month, the first week (1st-7th) is National Diabetes Education Week. In America, there are around 30 MILLION people who have already been diagnosed and another 90 MILLION who are considered to have pre-diabetes. First, we should understand that there are 2 different types of diabetes. The first is Type 1. This is an autoimmune disorder that prevents one’s body from producing and using insulin correctly. The second type is Type 2. This form develops over time in response to high levels of sugar in the blood. High sugar levels cause our bodies to have a decreased response to insulin and is called insulin resistance. The most important distinction to make between Type 1 and 2 is that if caught early enough, Type 2 can be reversed and prevented whereas Type 1 is genetic. So how do you know if you have diabetes? Some of the most common symptoms are fatigue, increased thirst, always feeling hungry, and many others. Luckily, there are ways to help prevent Type 2 diabetes. These include making healthier life-style choices, such as eating a healthy diet or adding in little bits of exercise to your day. Setting up good habits like these will not only help you control your blood sugar short term but will have many long term benefits as well. More information about preventing Type 2 diabetes can be found through the Diabetes Prevention program that we are hosting in partnership with Jones Drug Store. To sign up for the program, or to find out more information, please visit the “Programs” section of this website.