According to a 2015 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 100 million adults in the U.S. are living with diabetes or pre-diabetes.
While diabetes is a well-known condition around the world, few people truly understand the impact that the disease can have on their body and day-to-day lives. Living with diabetes doesn’t just mean managing your intake of glucose. To ensure a healthy lifestyle with this condition, it’s important to be aware of the risks that you face.
The Dangers of Diabetes
Diabetes occurs when there’s too much of a certain kind of sugar (glucose) in the blood. Over time, exposure to this sugar begins to harm the body’s organs. The disease affects multiple parts of the body, due to the impact it has on your macrovascular and microvascular blood vessels. The change in your blood flow may lead to anything from a stroke, to a heart attack, issues with your kidneys, and more.
The good news? Once you’re aware of the threats that diabetes poses, it’s much easier to take care of yourself. Positive changes like healthy eating and regular exercise can complement the medication and mediation you take to manage diabetes, reducing your risk of unwanted complications.
The infographic below details everything you need to know about diabetes and the way it affects your body.