Everyone has to eat, right? But did you know that most of the food you eat is turned into glucose? Glucose is basically sugar, and that is what our body uses for energy. The pancreas is an organ, located near your stomach, which makes a hormone called insulin. Insulin helps the glucose enter into our cells- where it can be used by the body. Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. When you have diabetes you have one of two issues:
1. Your body doesn’t produce enough insulin.
2. Your body can’t use the insulin it does produce the way it should.
When this happens the sugar builds up in your blood.
Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
Diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes in the United States. Total: 29.1 million people or 9.3% of the population have diabetes. Undiagnosed: 8.1 million people (27.8% of people with diabetes are undiagnosed)
It is very important to know what your A1c is and to live a healthy lifestyle! Your Dr. can check your A1c with a simple blood test. If you live in GA, Sestron Clinical Research can help.