Diabetes Awareness Statistics

Posted Dec 5, 2012 | Posted in Diseases & Treatments

Do you or someone you know have diabetes? Diabetes affects 26 million Americans. Another 79 million have prediabetes and have risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes is a chronic disease of the endocrine system that causes high levels of sugar in the blood. There are two types:

diabetesType 1, which occurs in 5 percent of the diabetic population:

With type 1, your pancreas does not produce insulin needed to break down carbohydrates.

Type 2, which occurs in 95 percent of the diabetic population:

With type 2, not enough insulin is produced to be able to convert glucose to energy.

Did you know one in three Americans could develop this disease by 2050? Common symptoms include frequent urination, excessive thirst, headaches and rapid weight loss. People with type 2 diabetes often have no symptoms.

Diabetes education at Johnston Health is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and meets the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education. In June of 2012, our diabetes educator, Patsy Stewart, was one of five in the state to receive the Patient Advocacy Award from the American Diabetes Association.

In 2008, we received an Abbot Diabetes Care Provider of the Year Award in recognition of outstanding care and commitment to those living with diabetes. Ask your doctor for a referral to our diabetes education program. You may then make an appointment to see a diabetes educator by calling Community Wide Scheduling at 919-938-7749.

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To learn how the Johnston Diabetes Center can help you, visit our website or call 919-938-7736.

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