Time has a way of stopping us in our tracks. We can get so caught up in today’s society that we may not realize what we do, what we eat, how we are living – and all can contribute to increases for risk for such diseases like diabetes.
Diabetes: The Silent Enemy
Diabetes does not discriminate by race, ethnicity, gender, age, socioeconomic status, or location. According to the American Diabetes Association, in 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population, had diabetes. Approximately 1.25 million American children and adults have type 1 diabetes. And, diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2010, with 69,071 death certificates listing it as the underlying cause of death, and a total of 234,051 death certificates listing diabetes as an underlying or contributing cause of death.
In Texas, Diabetes is the 6th leading cause of death, and in Bexar County, it is the 4th leading cause of death. According to the San Antonio University Health System, as of 2012, Texas has diagnosed 1.8 million people with Diabetes, and there are approximately 440,468 Texans who remain undiagnosed.
In Bexar County alone, 137,009 people have been diagnosed with diabetes.
Photo: Sonia Ramirez
My mother was a strong and vibrant woman full of life. She was a nurse for over 42 years. So to my surprise when we found out Type 1 diabetes had invaded her body, we were shocked. How could this disease just come and take away, little by little, my mother who was once so healthy and strong-willed. Diabetes can affect anyone at any time. Below are some breakdowns which I hope will bring awareness and provide information on how to help your loved ones live and hopefully defeat this disease.