Type 2 Diabetes is a killer that affects 1 in 10 Americans, 34 million overall, with a prevalence 1.5x higher for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Many people have diabetes, or pre-diabetes and don’t even know it. Uncontrolled, diabetes can impact every aspect of one’s health and is a significant risk factor for heart disease and stroke as it can raise blood cholesterol levels. And while most people understand diabetes on a basic level, the disease that raises blood sugar levels dangerously high, they often don’t understand that there are multiple things that can affect blood sugar, such as stress. Indeed, stress can firmly increase blood sugar levels. It’s not just about how much sugar you consume. It’s National Diabetes Month right now and we are doing our part at Cognitopia to raise awareness.
Here are some fast facts about diabetes, courtesy of the CDC:
More than 34 million people in the United States have diabetes, and 1 in 5 of them don’t know they have it.
More than 88 million US adults—over a third—have pre-diabetes, and more than 84% of them don’t know they have it.
Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States (and may be underreported).
Here is an empowering and informative video from Commit to Inclusion that discusses how people with an IDD can take charge of their diabetes condition. Commit to Inclusion is a global campaign to end the exclusion of people with disability from physical activity and all associated areas.
If you’d like to learn more about Type 2 diabetes, here is a video put out by McMaster University that gives a good explanation of the disease. We found this video quite helpful in the pilot project referenced above.