An estimated 23.6 million people in the United States – 8 percent of the population – have diabetes. While diabetes is a common term, many have misconceptions of exactly what it is and how one can acquire, and treat, diabetes. To dispel some common myths, let’s first review the facts.
Diabetes is a chronic disease in which the levels of glucose – the blood sugars needed for energy – become elevated because the pancreas is not producing an adequate amount of insulin to regulate them. There are three main types of diabetes.
Common symptoms of diabetes include:
The fasting plasma glucose test is the preferred test for diagnosing diabetes. Only your doctor can diagnose diabetes and tailor an individual treatment plan with a health care team, which may include an endocrinologist, dietician and other specialist.
Myths about diabetes