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November 23, 2021
November is Diabetes Awareness Month.
Diabetes is a disease that affects how our bodies use blood sugar. When we eat, food is broken down into sugar and enters our bloodstream. For our bodies to use the energy from the food we’ve eaten, sugar needs to enter into our cells. This process is greatly affected by a hormone called insulin. Insulin acts as a key to unlock the doors to our cells, allowing sugar to enter.
Diabetes occurs when there is a problem with our insulin, causing our sugar to not have the ability to enter our cells and remain in our blood with no specific purpose.
There are two types of diabetes, Type 1 is when insulin, or our “key,” is missing. Type 2 is when our insulin is not working properly. If not treated or controlled, diabetes can cause heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, and even chronic kidney issues.
Thankfully, both types of diabetes can often be controlled through simple lifestyle changes like eating a low carbohydrate diet and exercising regularly. Both interventions are known to boost our insulin sensitivity, therefore making insulin more effective in its job of being the key to our cells. Despite the increasing prevalence of diabetes, we can fight the good fight in controlling and even preventing it.
Kinetiq Health presents Better Health in 90, a video series of health tips in 90 seconds or less from our expert clinical team.
In this Better Health in 90 video, Kinetiq Health Program Manager and Registered Nurse Jordyn Schwerin explains diabetes and how to prevent it.
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