November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes Awareness 
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month (NDAMand today is World Diabetes Day as recognized by the United Nations. The goal is to spread awareness and understanding of all forms of diabetes, ranging from Type 1 and Type 2 to gestational diabetes and every variance in between. Millions of people across the United States deal with the life-altering effects of diabetes on a daily basis, and managing these effects can be challenging to many. In factabout 1.5 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in the United States. 



Forms of Diabetes 
When many people think of diabetes, they tend to think of Type 1 and Type 2; these are certainly among the most common and severe manifestations of the disease. Type 1 diabetes refers to a condition where the pancreas produces either too much or not enough insulin, whereas Type 2 occurs when the body has trouble processing glucose (blood sugar) as it should. 


Gestational diabetes is another relatively common form of diabetes, though the good news with this type is that it is temporary. Specifically, gestational diabetes only affects women who are pregnant and results in high blood sugar that can usually be controlled. 

Prediabetes should also be considered, as this condition is often found in those who have elevated blood sugar and will likely develop Type 2 diabetes later in life, without proper lifestyle change and/or medical intervention. However, those with prediabetes don't have blood sugar levels that are quite high enough for an official Type 2 diagnosis. 

Living With Diabetes 
Every day can be a challenge for those living with and managing diabetes. Careful monitoring of blood sugar, lifestyle changes, and medications (such as insulin) are often required. NTI is committed to helping people with disabilities return to work, including those suffering from any form of diabetes. If you are on SSI or SSDI and would like to use our remote job-services, register today at goo.gl/AitzVW.   Get started on the path to employment with telecommuting roles at Fortune 500 Companies. 


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