“Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes”. That is roughly eight percent of the population. However, there is a statistic that is even scarier. Of the 26 million people in the U.S. who suffer from diabetes, only about 19 million people have diagnosed diabetes (“Fast Facts”). This means that there are about 7 million people living in the U.S. who are diabetic, but do not know it. Unfortunately, there is not much that can be done for those who have not been diagnosed yet. The same is certainly not true for those who have been diagnosed. The invention of the insulin pump has improved the lives of diabetics exponentially. Diabetes mellitus is “a chronic disease that causes serious health complications
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Hypoglycemia typically occurs when a diabetic’s blood glucose goes below 70 milligrams per deciliter. The scariest part about this is that some diabetics have blood glucose levels below 70 milligrams per deciliter, but do not have any symptoms. When this happens to a diabetic, he or she is experiencing hypoglycemia unawareness. This condition “occurs more frequently in those who frequently have low blood glucose episodes, have had diabetes for a long time, or those who tightly control their diabetes” (“Hypoglycemia”).
There are a few different forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is mostly found in children and young adults. In this type of diabetes, the pancreas does not produce any insulin. However, the most common form of diabetes is type 2, which is also known as non-insulin-dependent diabetes. When one has this type of diabetes, his or her body does not use the insulin that it produces properly. This is commonly referred to as insulin resistance; “At first, your pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it. But, over time it is not able to keep up and cannot make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at normal levels” (“Type 2”). African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, older people, and people who are overweight are more prone to type 2 diabetes. The last form of diabetes is found in pregnant women and is called gestational