There are some diseases that are simply too significant that we dedicate an entire month talking about it; and speaking of which, since it’s now November, that means it’s time for Diabetes Awareness Month again.

Currently, there are around 37 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes. It is so bad that for every five diabetic people, there is one who is completely unaware that he has it. To make matters worse, there are around 96 million people who are currently in the pre-diabetic stage, ready to join the stats at any given time.

This disease is one of the leading reasons why people have dialysis, why people go blind, and why people need to have parts of their bodies amputated. The numbers have doubled in the last two decades, and even though there are new treatments available, the overall situation still doesn’t look good.

So join Dr. Berry as he starts a two-part episode about Diabetes Awareness Month as he educates us on why we should take diabetes seriously – whether we are directly affected or not.

In this episode, Dr. Berry gives us an understanding of what diabetes is and what possibly causes it, what happens to our body when we have it, and what we have to look out for if we suspect that we’re diabetic.

Why you need to check out this episode:

  • Find out the risk factors of diabetes, and why it is important that you share your medical history with your family;
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms that might be telling you that you are diabetic; and
  • Understand the real magnitude of what diabetes can do to you, and why you must take this disease seriously.

“Diabetes is not just a sugar disease. It’s a disease that causes all problems galore.”Dr. Berry Pierre

Topics Covered:

01:25 – Diabetes by the facts and figures: Why you should pay serious attention to Diabetes Awareness Month, even if you are not necessarily directly affected by it

05:05 – Diabetes, A.K.A. “The Sugar Disease”: What causes it, what happens to your body when you have it, and how dangerous it could get

07:06 – Family history and more: The most common risk factors that lead up to diabetes

09:44 – Signs and symptoms: The things you should be looking for if you suspect that you have diabetes

13:03 – Why diabetes is so bad: The most common complications associated with diabetes

15:14 – The different available tests in diagnosing diabetes, how each of them works, and which works the best

17:37 – Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes: Different situations, same big problems

19:38 – By the numbers: Understanding the test results of normal, prediabetic, and diabetic patients

22:18 – Some of the common preventive measures and treatments for Diabetes, which we will discuss further in part 2

25:14 – Diabetes is a top five disease that causes people to go to dialysis, causes blindness, and leads to amputations. We have to take it seriously

Notable Quotes:

“Diabetes drives a significant presence in medicine.” – Dr. Berry Pierre

“Keeping medical history a secret from other family members can set them up for a disaster.” – Dr. Berry Pierre

“Lifestyle modifications are significantly important. Whether you are monitoring the types of food you’re eating, when you’re eating, how you’re eating, your physical activity, or more importantly, getting rid of physical inactivity.” – Dr. Berry Pierre

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