Our Firm, in support of and solidarity with two of our own, has adopted National Diabetes Day, November 14, to help raise awareness and educate ourselves and our loved ones. We invite you to journey with us as we spend a couple of weeks learning the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, dispelling some common myths, and examining some facts. Our hope is that we can all become a little more informed, caring and helpful to our friends and neighbors who are living with this confusing condition.
Just what is Diabetes? It's all about what happens, or doesn't happen, to food in our body. Food turns into sugar, which is supposed to give us energy. But the body requires a hormone, called insulin, to get the sugar to all of our cells. Diabetes exists when the body does not make enough insulin or can't use enough insulin. So the sugar can't get to all our cells and gets stuck in the blood.
Diabetes is serious. It is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. More than 29 million Americans have it. 1.2 million Americans have Type 1 and the rest have Type 2 and other variations of the condition. In 2012, 86 million Americans age 20 and older had prediabetes; this is up from 79 million in 2010. Chances are we all know someone who has Diabetes or is concerned about it.