Did you know...knowing the facts about diabetes can save your life?

Diabetes poses big problems for Harlem. For example, people in East Harlem who have diabetes are twice as likely to die of the disease as people who live in other parts of the city!

That's why getting information about diabetes is so important for people who live in Harlem - learning all you can about diabetes can save your life.

Some basic facts and definitions...

Our bodies turn our food into the energy we need to go about our daily lives. Most of what we eat is turned into sugar. Insulin is a hormone that allows the sugar from food to be used by the body's cells to create energy.

People with diabetes have high levels of sugar (or glucose) in their blood because their bodies have problems either making or using insulin. Without insulin, sugar just stays in the blood and can hurt the rest of your organs.

These problems can be caused by a few different things, which is why diabetes is divided into several different types. The most common types of diabetes are: type 1 and type 2.

How Diabetes Affects Your Health

What health problems can be caused by diabetes?

Did you know? is a series of health articles written by HHPC and approved by our Health Advisory Board.


Although diabetes are broken down into two types: Type 1 and Type 2, if they are uncontrolled, it can leads to many complications which was mentioned in the article that I found very informative. Type 1 diabetes are individuals that must take insulin daily because their bodies make very little or no insulin. While Type 2 diabetes are individuals whose body is resistant to the action of insulin. My mother is a Type 2 diabetic and she is able to control the condition through a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and diet. The better you eat, exercise more, and maintaining weight down, the more likely you will be able to lead a full and healthy life.

Type 2 diabetes is caused by too much sugar in the blood and this is occur when the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Type 1 diabetes is slightly more common in men than in women and it can control with the help of insulin but type 2 diabetes can control with diet and exercise. because insulin does not work in case of type 2 diabetes. It needs to decrease the weight to control blood sugar level in the body.

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