Diabetes is one of the most serious health problems that affect the African American community. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. The pancreas is essential to convert food into fuel for the body. The pancreas helps digest food and regulate blood sugar. Insulin is produced by the pancreas to help regulate blood sugar. In Type 2 diabetes the body builds up resistance to insulin and the pancreas needs to produce more until it may stop producing insulin. Therefore glucose builds up in the blood. If the glucose is high in the blood it may cause increased thirst, nausea, extreme fatigue, blurry vision, tingling or numbness in your hands/feet, and increased urination.
African Americans are 3 times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than European whites. Risk factors include being overweight or obese, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, family history, and cigarette smoking.
Here are ways to help prevent or improve the management of diabetes:
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