Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that over 30 million people in the US have diabetes? Of that 30 million, 1 and 4 don’t know they have it.
Diabetes mellitus describes a group of disorders that cause increased blood sugar (glucose) levels in the body. Glucose provides energy for your brain, muscles, and tissues. There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. Type 1 is generally detectable in adolescence and is diagnosed with those who do not produce insulin. Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed when an individual’s body does not respond to insulin well and in turn, stops making enough insulin.
Type 1 and type 2 diabetes is contactable both as an adult and in youth. The risk of developing type 1 diabetes is higher than all other severe chronic diseases during childhood. With the scope and effects of diabetes at large, there is still no known cure to either Type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
To bring awareness to this chronic disease, we sat down with Brewer-Hendley Oil Co. very own Megan Scott, Office Manager, to discuss why bringing awareness to diabetes is so important and how it has affected her day to day life.