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Diabetes Facts and Related Costs
Diabetes is a disease that affects the way the body uses food for energy. It affects the body's use of carbohydrates (sugars and starches) the most. When a person has diabetes, the body cannot absorb carbohydrates properly and use them for energy.
There are three main types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational. All three kinds cause the body to have abnormally high levels of dissolved sugar (glucose) in the blood.
When the body is not able to absorb and use carbohydrates properly, dissolved sugar (glucose) builds up in the bloodstream. When the blood sugar level builds up and stay high for a long time, complications often occur. Many necessary parts of the body are damaged.
WHAT ARE DIABETES COMPLICATIONS?
Diabetes complications are problems that result from the blood sugar going too low or too high. Both low and high blood sugar can cause short and long term problems that are expensive to treat, and also are disruptive and even devastating to the person's life.Short term blood sugar emergencies are expensive and disruptive. They often require treatment in an emergency room or a hospital stay. These are very expensive forms of medical treatment.
Long term high blood sugar can harm and even destroy vital organs.
Long term high blood sugar damages the blood vessels, and therefore damages every part of the body that needs good circulation. Vulnerable organs include such as the heart, the brain, the kidneys, the eyes, and the feet. In pregnant women with diabetes, high blood sugar can cause many serious problems, including birth defects.
Uncontrolled diabetes can cause:
Treatment and rehabilitation of diabetes complications in Ohio is expensive. Over 700,000 Ohio residents have diabetes. That is about 1/16 of our population. Annual Ohio healthcare expenditures for people with diabetes exceed $4.5 billion. This means that 1/7 of Ohio's healthcare costs are spent on diabetes. Every year, 33,000 more Ohioans are diagnosed with diabetes.
These costly and devastating problems can be prevented. People who have diabetes can learn how to control it and keep their blood sugar levels close to normal. To do this, they need both diabetes self-management education and necessary diabetes supplies.
DIABETES CONTROL PREVENTS COSTLY AND DEVASTATING COMPLICATIONS.
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