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Diabetes also known as diabetes mellitus is a funny sounding disease but it has meaning from ancient Greek times referring to “siphon” or passing too much water. Past civilizations knew of its existence, observing how ants were attracted to some people’s sweet urine.1 Diabetes is more prevalent today. Discover the early signs, symptoms, and treatments for diabetes. Learn of blood sugar lowering tips, healthy eating, and supplements.

Diabetes and Increased Blood Glucose Levels

Diabetes is when the pancreas is unable to produce the hormone insulin or when the body can not effectively use insulin. This hormone is critical for the human body to transform glucose into energy resulting in increased blood glucose levels.2

How Diabetes Affects People in the US

According to the American Diabetes Association, over 30 million Americans or 9% of the US population has diabetes; with 7 million of the affected population as undiagnosed. There are over 1.5 million new cases each year and the disease is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.3

Types and Facts About Diabetes

There are 3 main types of diabetes that occur:4

  1. Type 1,
  2. Type 2, and
  3. Gestational diabetes

Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas halts insulin production resulting in an autoimmune response. This form of the disease is common in children and young adults and is about 5% of all diabetes cases. There is no current prevention of type 1