There are nearly 26 million people in the U.S. with diabetes. Someone new is diagnosed every 17 seconds, according to the American Diabetes Association.
“Diabetes affects how our bodies use glucose, a sugar that’s the body’s main source of fuel.” says Albert Tzeel, M.D., medical director, Humana. “Blood sugar levels get too high because of a problem with the hormone insulin.”
Different Types of Diabetes:
Type 1: The body doesn’t produce insulin; normally diagnosed in children and young adults.
Type 2: The body doesn’t produce enough insulin or cells ignore the insulin; the most common form of diabetes.
Gestational: Diabetes that develops during pregnancy.
Source: Humana Active Outlook Magazine Fall 2013