Almost every month of the year represents support for a medical illness around the nation. With Breast Cancer Awareness month ending, we are entering National Diabetes month. Both of these hit close to home and I would like to show our support by acknowledging their importance.
Breast cancer impacts a lot of families globally. It starts when cells in the breast begin to grow uncontrollably. These cells then form a tumor that can often be seen in an x-ray, or felt as a lump. If not treated early, these cells can grow and spread to other areas of the body. If you are a woman, be sure to always monitor these types of “lumps.” It is important to recognize these types of things and always be aware.
A lot of the population has a misconception about diabetes, and I did too until it affected my family. There are two general types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition. The body’s immune system turns on itself and attached the beta cells of the pancreas. These are the cells that produce insulin and control blood sugar levels. Type 1 diabetes does not go away and cannot be reversed. It is usually maintained by controlling your carbohydrate intake and an active lifestyle (this does not mean that a type 1 diabetic cannot have carbs or sugar!!)
Type 2 diabetes is when your body does not use insulin properly. It is the most recognized form of diabetes and it is due to obesity and lack of exercise. The pancreas can still make insulin in type 2 diabetes, whereas type 1, the pancreas can no longer make insulin. Type 2 diabetes is reversible with proper diet and exercise. Without treatment, both forms of diabetes can cause major health issues. Always be aware of the symptoms and take care of yourself!
Please share your stories below in the comments if these illnesses have affected your families in any way. We will always be here to support one another!