Diabetes is a group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the blood, or high blood sugar. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), high blood sugar is the seventh highest killer in the United States. Adults 50 years or older with this disease die on average 4.6 years earlier than those without it. In 2018, 10.5% of people in the United States had diabetes. In Indiana the rate was 10.1%, only a little lower than the rest of the country. Living with high blood sugar can be hard no matter what kind you have. There are different kinds of high blood sugar, and a lot of places to find help and tips to deal with the disease.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has tools to help you know the different types of diabetes. The types include type 1, type 2, gestational, and prediabetes. From basic info and recipes, to other changes you should make, there is something for everyone. The ADA even has a group to help kids in college stay healthy while living away from home. If you prefer to listen to podcasts to learn more, QSource is the place to go. They have explored four topics about the disease: Diabetes & COVID-19, Diabetes Distress, Diabetes & Depression, Diabetes & Depression Treatment.
There are also a lot of healthcare centers and doctors in Indiana who have the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). This program helps to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Through DPP, people learn how to change the way they do things so that they can be healthier. If you want to learn more about DPP, and even see if you have prediabetes, visit the CDC webpage.
High blood sugar can be controlled with the right tools, and we are here to help!