The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases founds that nearly 29.1 million Americans have diabetes, and more younger adults are in danger of acquiring it because of Obesity. If not regulated, Diabetes can lead to problems such as heart disease, stroke, vision loss, kidney disease, and nerve damage.
Type 2 diabetes is a disease in which your body cannot make enough insulin (a hormone that helps control the amount of glucose or sugar in your blood), or does not properly use the insulin it makes. Type 2 diabetes is caused by several different risk factors, and affects 90% of all cases in Canada.
People over the age of 40 with a parent or sibling with diabetes are at a higher risk of having Type 2. Your ethnic background is also a factor.
But, contrary to the popular belief, Diabetes is not a fatal disease given that it is controlled, or better yet, prevented. Unlike Type 1, Type 2 Diabetes is acquired through a bad diet and poor lifestyle choices. Thankfully, there are many precautionary measures you can do to avoid getting the condition or control it through the programs spearheaded by different organizations.
With adequate knowledge and immediate response, the numbers will slowly go down, and eventually, it will just be a disease not feared but confronted and fought.
Although people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes have different journeys, including whether or not they experience symptoms, there is one issue that unites all people living with the disease. Canada has no strategy to address one of the most significant health-care crisis of our time.