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Topic of the Month: 
American Diabetes Awareness Month

November is American Diabetes Awareness Month! Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disease that causes high blood sugar. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks and destroys cells of the pancreas, where insulin is made. Type 2 occurs when your body becomes resistant to insulin and sugar builds up in your blood. Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar during pregancy, and is caused by insulin-blocking hormones produced by the placenta. 

Some common signs and symtoms are increased hunger or thirst, weight loss, frequent urination, blurry vision, extreme fatigue, and sores that don't heal. Men can also experience decreased sex drive and ED, while women can experience UTIs, yeast infections, and dry/itchy skin. 

Risk factors for type 1 include family or personal history and is generally diagnosed in childhood or during teen years. Risk for type 2 diabetes increase if you are overweight, are over 45, aren't physically active, have had gestational diabetes, have prediabetes, or have high blood pressure/ cholesterol/ triglycerides. 

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