If you or someone you love has diabetes, know that you can do something about it. I’m living proof of that, but I had to educate myself first.
Before you can manage diabetes and the risk factors that come along with it, you’ve got to understand it. You ready? Let’s do this!
Type 2 diabetes happens when the body doesn't make enough insulin naturally or respond to insulin the way it should. Insulin has an important job in lowering blood sugar and, with type 2 diabetes, the body has a tougher time managing it.
Our bodies are pretty amazing. They change the food we eat into energy. Insulin is a big part of that process.
Some common risk factors include:
You’ve gotta take charge. High blood sugar can also damage your body by increasing your cardiovascular risk. So take steps to lower your risk of complications. Talking to my doctor to create a management plan was one of the most important conversations I've ever had with my doctor. You're tougher than your diabetes, hands down.
Recognizing the link between cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes is the first step towards lowering your risk.
Here's how Anthony got real about eating healthy, being active, and listening to his doctor.
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