Diabetes Facts

Diabetes is an incurable, but preventable and manageable disease. If uncontrolled it can be extremely dangerous to your health.

Diabetes Care Group Treats Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases

How Diabetes Affects Your Body

  • Diabetes causes blood glucose levels to be too high.
  • People develop type 2 diabetes because the cells in the muscles, liver, and fat do not use insulin properly. As a result, the amount of sugar in the blood increases, while the cells are starved of energy.
  • Over time, high blood sugar damages nerves and blood vessels, and can commonly lead to complications, such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, nerve problems, gum infections, and amputation.

Can my Ethnicity Put me at Risk?

  • Some groups have a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes than others. Type 2 diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, as well as the aged population.

United States Diabetes Costs

  • Total health care and related costs for the treatment of diabetes ran about $245 billion in 2012, the latest year for which cost data are available.
  • Of this total, direct medical costs (e.g., hospitalizations, medical care, treatment supplies) account for about $176 billion.
  • The other $69 billion covers indirect costs such as disability payments, time lost from work, and premature death.

Where Can I Go for More Information?

There are several websites that offer a wealth of information about diabetes and its management. As a valuable resource for information about the disease, medications, exercise, living with diabetes, and diabetic supplies and tools, we recommend the following:

American Diabetes Association
Centers for Disease Control
Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi
Joslin Diabetes Clinics
Mississippi State Department of Health
National Diabetes Education Initiative
National Diabetes Education Program

For more information about diet and nutrition, we recommend you visit the following sites.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Recipes for Diabetics
Carbohydrate Counting
Food Database

Finally, children with diabetes have special needs and concerns. The following sites may be found to be beneficial.

Children With Diabetes
Diabetes Camps
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation