What is Diabetes?
When you have diabetes, your body has trouble using sugar (glucose) in the blood. This leads to too much sugar in your blood.
A diabetes diagnosis can be scary. If your doctor tells you you’re at risk for developing diabetes, you should take it very seriously. But there are ways you can start living healthier right away. If you already have diabetes, you can control it and be a healthy person living with diabetes.
Diabetes in South Carolina
Diabetes is growing at an epidemic rate in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes and face its devastating consequences. What’s true nationwide also is true in South Carolina.
S.C. ranks 7th highest in the nation in the percent of adult population with diabetes.
- The prevalence of diabetes increases with age – a dramatic increase can be seen among those 45 years of age and older.
- Approximately 1 in 6 African-Americans in South Carolina has diabetes. South Carolina had the 17th highest rate of diabetes among African-Americans in the nation.
- About 79 percent of adults with diabetes have high blood pressure.
- Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to many complications including blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, strokes and amputations.
- In 2014, three people died each day from diabetes – that is one death from diabetes every 8 hours.
- Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in South Carolina after heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, accidents,
stroke, and Alzheimer’s.
Watch the video below to hear Cedrick McFadden, MD and Saria Saccocio, MD discuss diabetes and prevention.
Are You at Risk?
Your provider can diagnose diabetes through blood tests. These tests show if your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high.
First Line of Defense
Healthy weight loss isn’t just about a “diet” or “program.” It’s about an ongoing lifestyle that includes long-term changes in daily eating and exercise habits.