More than 25 million children and adults in the United States live with diabetes, but there are still many misconceptions about it.
Contrary to popular belief, diabetes isn’t directly caused by eating too much sugar, and it doesn’t only occur in people who are overweight.
In Type 1 Diabetes, most often diagnosed in children, adolescents or young adults, the body is unable to produce insulin. Type 1 diabetics must use daily insulin injections to manage their levels. Symptoms can become worse during stress, pregnancy or infection, so it’s important to work with a physician to prevent more serious health issues from occurring.
Type 2 Diabetes is more driven by lifestyle and typically affects people over the age of 50, although it is more commonly affecting children who are overweight or obese in a condition known as mature onset diabetes of the young.
Listen to Ohio Medical Group’s Dr. Mohammed Khan discuss the differences between the two types in this video:
Although there are certain risk factors, diabetes can occur at any age. That’s why we recommend that even adults who are healthy and show no symptoms see us for a blood sugar test at least once a year.
Our physicians can work with you to identify risk factors for diabetes, help you take steps to prevent it or effectively manage it if you’re living with it now.
To find out more about living with diabetes, download our guide.