What’s the difference between type 1 diabetes versus type 2?
 For starters, type 2 is much more common.
 Over 30 million Americans have some form of diabetes, and roughly 90-95 percent of them have type 2. (1)
 Type 1, on the other hand, accounts for only 5 percent of total cases. (2)
 With that said, both forms share similar long-term consequences if left untreated.
 In fact, severe diabetes can lead to heart disease, blindness, and limb amputation.
 That’s right, diabetes can take your foot!
 Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to avoid these horrific side effects and improve your quality of life.
 In this article, we explore the differences and similarities between type 1 and type 2 diabets.
 
Did you know that you can have diabetes for years and not even know it?
And with every day that goes by, you increase the risk of life-shortening health problems.
For starters, diabetes can boost inflammation and disrupt hormone production throughout the body.
However, this is just the beginning of the damage that diabetes can do.
Eventually, high blood sugar can increase the risk of heart disease and other serious complications.
Believe it or not, diabetes can even cause you to go blind and lose limbs.
The most common early symptoms of diabetes include:
 
  • Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
  • Unusual thirst and hunger
  • Having to pee a lot
  • Sudden weight changes
  • Dry skin
  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Blurry vision
The main telltale sign of all types of diabetes, however, is high blood sugar.
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Diabetes is one of the nation’s most wide spread diseases. In 2015, it was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Sarah Roberson from Complete Care Centers says that “projections are astronomical in terms of where [the disease] is now and where it is going.” In fact, the Center for Disease Control released a report in 2017 that stated that 30.3 million Americans (or 9.4% of the population) have diabetes. This is a 90% increase in the last decade. But what makes it such a serious disease and why the drastic increase?

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The best way to work towards reversing diabetes is to focus on the controllable risk factors. The American Heart Association states that by managing the controllable risk factors such as diet and exercise, “patients with diabetes may avoid or delay the development of heart and blood vessel disease.”

You can keep your blood sugars in check by:

-Eating an anti-inflammatory diet
-Getting a minimum of 30 minutes of daily exercise
-Avoiding smoking and drinking alcoholO.

Of course, consistently making healthy choices is not always the easiest to do on your own. At Complete Care Health Centers, we know the benefits of using a health coach in order to achieve your goals. You can work towards reversing diabetes by changing your relationship with food, and we have helped thousands of people do that. If you’re interested in decreasing your risk for heart disease, cancer, and other fatal diseases, consider using our Vitality Success Program. See your provider today to see if our program is right for you.

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We all know eating right and getting daily exercise are some changes you can make to start healing your body. You probably have tried some with little to no results. So what types of changes have we at Complete Care found that work? “One of the first changes you can make is to remove dairy and grains from your diet.” says Dr. Gala. Sarah Roberson, FNP-C, says that diabetes is very “responsive to diet, exercise and stress management.” Roberson includes “if somebody is motivated to make those changes they can start by making small changes. Usually their blood sugars start to improve.”

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