Diabetes Awareness

  • Every 17 seconds an American is diagnosed with diabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 to 95% of all diabetes cases
  • North Carolina ranks 13th highest in the U.S. for adult diabetes cases

The above statistics speak for themselves…diabetes is a major health risk nationally and in the state of North Carolina. Unfortunately, diabetes is commonly misunderstood as the symptoms are mild and often go undetected.

Medic remains committed to educating our community about impact of diabetes by increasing awareness and prevention initiatives of this sweeping health risk. To help reduce the number of cases and deaths from diabetes, Medic offers the following helpful information to keep you from becoming a victim of diabetes.

Forms of Diabetes

Type 1: Formerly known as “juvenile diabetes”, Type 1 form of diabetes occurs when the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that lives in our bodies and is needed to convert foods, starches and sugar into energy.

Type 2: Type 2 diabetes is the most commonly diagnosed form of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin. Insulin is a hormone that lives in our bodies and is needed to convert foods, starches and sugar into energy. This leads to a buildup of insulin in the blood.

Gestational Diabetes: Gestational Diabetes occurs in some pregnant women who have never had diabetes before, but high levels of blood sugar have been detected.

Risk Factors

Type 1:

  • Family history
  • Genetics
  • Geography (cold climates)

Type 2:

  • Family history
  • Genetics
  • Lifestyle factors
    • Overweight/obesity
    • Lack of exercise
    • Diet/eating habits

Gestational Diabetes:

  • Age greater than 25
  • Family history
  • Overweight
  • Nonwhite

Prevention

While there is no known prevention for Type 1 diabetes, you can greatly reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle and eating a well balanced diet complete with fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Helpful Links

Please visit the following helpful links below to receive more in depth information on Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational Diabetes: