It's Diabetes Awareness Month, and in honor of the millions of people living with diabetes, (many of whom are our phenomenal customers!) we're sharing the...
Top Five Things EVERYONE Should Know About Diabetes.
5. Type 1 diabetes, often called T1D, is an autoimmune disease in which the body begins attacking the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. T1D used to be called, "juvenile diabetes," which is where our friends at the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) got their name. There is no known way to prevent T1D. It is not caused by any type of lifestyle choice, by poor eating habits, or by lack of exercise. It just happens, much the way other autoimmune diseases, such as Addison's or Cushing's, just happen. There is no known cure, and people with T1D are dependent on insulin for life.
4. Type 2 diabetes, sometimes called T2D or "Type 2," is not an autoimmune disease. Rather, people develop type 2 diabetes over time. The body stops utilizing insulin properly and eventually becomes insulin resistant, causing high blood glucose (sugar) readings. Typically, type 2 diabetes is caused by obesity and unhealthy lifestyles. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes, people in otherwise good physical condition develop T2D. While eating and exercise habits generally play a role, research indicates that family genetics are also a significant contributing factor to whether someone is predisposed to develop type 2 diabetes.
3. Both forms of diabetes require blood glucose monitoring and medical interventions. While type two diabetes can sometimes be reversed, type one diabetes is currently only treatable, not curable.
2. Contrary to popular misconceptions, people with diabetes can and do eat foods with sugar. What, when, and how much people with diabetes eat is a constant topic, and food monitoring is truly imperative. But people with diabetes can still generally still plan for and enjoy sweets sometimes.
1. The most important thing we should all know about diabetes is that research is ongoing and millions of people need a cure! You can support these efforts by walking with your local JDRF or other diabetes awareness and research organization, participating in fundraisers, and demonstrating your awareness and support by donating your Facebook profile or cover photo for the rest of the month! Click on the images in this article to download the free Facebook cover and profile photos for your personal use.