Diabetes is one of those tricky illnesses that must be strictly monitored and managed to avoid other associated complications where sometimes a trip to the nail salon can turn into a lifetime of pain. According to the American Diabetes Association, Diabetes is a metabolic disease characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body’s ability to produce and/or use insulin. There are 3 types of diabetes, Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational Diabetes. Type 1 is usually diagnosed during childhood. Type 2 is the most common and is when your body doesn’t use insulin properly. And gestational diabetes is diagnosed in women during pregnancy usually around week 24 and typically goes away after giving birth.
Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90-95% of all diagnosed cases in adults and is increasing in diagnoses in children/adolescents, and 7.0 million people go undiagnosed. The total healthcare and related costs for diabetes is upwards of $174 billion a year nationwide. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented, delayed or controlled with a healthy diet and exercise regime.
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I’ve had a number of friends and family members who have suffered from diabetes and its associated health complications. Diabetes can be deadly if not treated, and managed well. If you’ve ever noticed, most nail salons require that you inform them on whether or not you have diabetes, as one small cut can lead to an ongoing issue of troublesome skin problems; where cuts take longer to heal or new cuts may form and spread leaving your hands or feet sore.
Key ways to avoid diabetes are eating a balanced diet and practicing exercise regularly. For me the choice is easy, eat right, exercise, lose weight and live diabetes FREE. For information on diabetes and or how to manage it, visit The American Diabetes Association.