Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the U.S. – an estimated 24-million Americans live with it every day. A new study suggests that diabetes cost Americans more than $200 billion last year. The human cost is much greater – if if’s left uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to long-term health complications including stroke, heart disease and blindness.
There are two forms of diabetes—type 1, which typically hits children and adolescents and type 2, which has traditionally been adult onset. More and more, experts are finding children with type 2 diabetes largely due to unhealthy lifestyles. In this Alegent Health Podcast, Dr. John Harris talks about the risks associated with diabetes and the steps you can take now to protect yourself and your family.