What Type 2 Diabetes?

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What is Type 2 Diabetes? When you blood sugar, also known as glucose, is too high, this is known as Diabetes. Glucose is your main source of energy for your body. Glucose is found in food you eat and is also produced in your liver and muscles. You blood stream carries glucose all throughout your body to be used as energy. When your body is found to have too much glucose in it, your body isn’t making enough insulin or the insulin is working correctly to help move the glucose through the blood into the cells. Your pancreas make insulin and puts it in your blood stream. The glucose stays in the blood and doesn’t get to the cells to be used up. According to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC) some signs and symptoms of diabetes are • Being very thirsty • Urinating often • Feeling very hungry • Feeling very tired • Losing weight without trying • Sores that heal slowly • Dry, itchy skin • Feelings of pins and needles in your feet • Losing feeling in your feet • Blurry eyesight According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 8.3% of Americans, or more than 25 million people, are living with diabetes. (Gosse, 2014) My mother, my grandmother and I are part of that statistic. Diabetes is predominately found in middle-aged and older people. This can be people that are overweight and inactive. The women in my family including myself were all diagnosed between 25 and 32. This was not a normal age to be diagnosed but it is becoming

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