Who Gets Diabetes?
Diabetes can strike anyone in all stages of life, from infancy to the elderly, in people of all shapes, sizes, and ethnicities. Over 11 million people in the U.S. know they have diabetes and another 7 million have it but are unaware of it.
Type 1 diabetes accounts for between 5 to 10% of all diagnosed diabetes in the United States. It occurs equally among males and females, but is more common in whites than in nonwhites. The risk of developing type 1 diabetes is higher than virtually all other severe chronic diseases of childhood. Type 1 diabetes tends to run in families. Brothers and sisters of children with type 1 diabetes have about a 10% chance of developing the disease by age 50.
Type 2 diabetes is more common in older people, especially in people who are overweight and leads a nonactive lifestyle. People of African-American, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic, and Pacific Islander background are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is generally associated with adults, but a growing number of children and adolescents are developing it. As the U.S. population becomes increasingly overweight, Type 2 diabetes appear to be becoming more frequent in younger, pre-pubescent children.
A new column by Judith Jones-Ambrosini of the Cyber Kitchen. This column speaks about diabetes, activity, exercise and sports. It focuses on balancing diabetes and athletics and the people who inspire us by doing so. The articles will largely be excerpts from her newest book The Sisterhood of Diabetes as well as stories about other PWD’s who play hard, move fast, and seek out challenges. Be aware, however, that if you have been a follower of my Cyber Kitchen, you’ll understand that an occasional recipe and healthy life style tip may pop up as well. I hope you enjoy the new column.
Women & Diabetes
Some great info on the menstrual cycle, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, birth control, menopause and how to deal with them with diabetes.
Men & Diabetes
Children and Diabetes
Great list of sites that are dedicated to children and diabetes.
Air Travel & Diabetes
People with diabetes can still bring medical syringes and insulin with them onto aircraft despite new security restrictions introduced as a result of recent tragic events in the USA. New security measures prohibit scissors, razors, nail clippers, knives or needles but they will allow medical syringes, lancets and insulin.